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The question, the comments, even the first revision of this answer are all focussed on kit. A common problem with photographers. We love to talk about kit. Half of us are chomping at the bit to recommend 15FPS mirrorless systems, battery powered studio strobes, the omnipresent 24-70mm f/2.8, the other half want to tell you how they shot an entire wedding ...


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The hosts of the wedding chose, for whatever reason, to hire the "official" photographers to document their event. As a guest of those same hosts you should respect the choice they have made and make every effort to accommodate your hosts' wishes. If those hired are less than welcoming and courteous to you, you should still respond to them in a way that ...


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You can do wedding photography with a smartphone. It's not really the gear — it's the skill. But, this is mostly a matter of expectations. Some people will expect expect you to have much higher-end equipment (and to produce the kind of images that put that equipment to the test). Other people will be perfectly fine with what you have. But, you absolutely no ...


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I'll start with a brief* word of advice. (*it grew :-) ) Don't !!!! If you value the friend's friendship and that of her sister and new husband, then the chances of them being damaged as a result of your endeavours are high enough to not be worthwhile. You MAY turn out to be a born natural wedding photographer and produce astoundingly marvelous results ...


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I have found that the best technique is to leave your equipment at home or at a minimum in your vehicle. Let the paid professionals capture the images they were hired to capture and you enjoy the event as the hosts intended; as a guest.


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Event photographers are generally in the business of selling prints, not just snapping photos. They want to sell you the best images they can make, not the raw material for making those images. There may also be some concern that their name will be attached to images that they didn't entirely control: they don't want to be associated with your questionable ...


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There is a concept called "focus and recompose" which is typically used with cameras that have a limited spatial distribution of auto focus (AF) points or only one really good auto focus point in the center of the frame. If this is the case and the photographer wants to photograph a subject that is not incidentally at the same location within the frame as ...


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I am going to respond to this as the photographer. If and when I am covering a wedding or such an event as you have mentioned, I get really frustrated by guests bringing their DSLRs with them. To the point where I have actually spoken to the bride's mother and suggested that I want so and so to put their camera away as I am finding it a distraction. Don’t ...


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I'd rather not just let the photographer pick the X images that he/she thinks are best to edit and deliver because he/she won't have the same opinion as me as to which images are the best. But you let him pick what equipment he uses, the settings of the camera, the lens, where he points the camera, when he takes an image, etc. It's odd pay somebody to do ...


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Because unedited / unretouched images do not represent the photographers' best efforts. A wedding photographer is not somebody hired to use an expensive point-and-shoot. The shots they take require editing because there is more information in the RAW file (digital negative) than can be represented in any JPEG image. It's part of the creative process to push/...


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You are trying to write software to make wrangling drunk people, shooting people of vastly different ages, and people who either have a strong desire or no desire at all to be a part of the pictures at all; easier to do? I want to stop you right there. Your best options aren't software related. They start with setting expectations with the couple at the ...


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The idea is I will be down below, looking up at them to take the photo, so a flash would be useless. Only if you limit yourself to a camera mounted flash. The key to such a shot is to get the lights off the camera and onto the subjects from angles other than the optical axis of the lens. You'll probably need at least a couple of off-camera flashes with ...


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This is not a silly post in the matter of an amateur that gets asked to work paying gigs. If your work is satisfactory, it is very common to initially have close friends and family consider you for their photography needs. As word of mouth continues, of course even people outside of your immediate contacts will pick up on your skills and engage in business ...


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There's a general rule in all startup businesses (and that includes photography): expect to make a loss for the first two or three years while you build up sufficient market visibility (and for a photographer, reputation) so clients are directed to you by former clients or by your marketing material (or both). Your belief in your own ability as a ...


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I did a wedding earlier this year, and having never done one before had the same fears as you. For me, the following points were very important: Talk to the bride & groom in advance. Discuss what they want from you out of the day. They are the MOST IMPORTANT thing for you to consider. They may ask for formal shots at the church, or informal shots at ...


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The most important focal length for a wedding is the one you need at the time. Weddings cover a lot of different shots from a lot of different distances. Shooting a wedding on prime lenses is possible but tricky and requires a lot of planning of when you can get shots without missing something else, so it will be doubly hard for an amateur/first time ...


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I wonder if you could help me. I would like to know if my current gear is sufficient to start doing wedding photography. Well this is almost self-answering : If you have to ask, you're not good enough. Too cruel? No. Just plain fact. No one should volunteer or, much, much worse, take money to shoot something as important and critical as a wedding who ...


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I would ask: "Will everyone be nude?" and more importantly: "Will the photographer be expected to be nude also?" Good business usually dictates that the photographer for any event be dressed in a manner similar to the participants. I'm not trying to be funny; it seems like a serious consideration as you will have to deal with equipment and pockets come in ...


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I believe what you are asking for here is the correct combination of words to make a professional photographer understand your reason and logic, and allow you to keep snapping pictures. The problem is when you look at it from the angle of the people actually hired to take photos. Let's try another. I'm a DJ by trade. My niece is getting married. She ...


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I will answer from the perspective of a software writer, and someone that was recently married. First, as dpollitt mentions, you're not gonna get any software that will make illogical people act in an ordered and logical manor. You're at a party. People will be happy, sad, both, angry, drunk, snobbish, smelly, loud, timid, and just about everything in ...


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I would expect a professional to simply say, "Sorry, I didn't realize I was disturbing you," and stop shooting the same subjects at the same time. You can still be in the way, even from behind. People don't like ruining other people's shots. You're forcing them to commit little microagressions against you every time they get in your way or make you move. ...


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First, the thing you need to remember about noise is that it is only indirectly related to ISO. The real culprit where noise is concerned is a low Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). This is technically answered using controlled testing to illustrate the point in this question: Is high ISO useful for photography? This answer to another question addresses the more ...


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Talk with the fiancees about what they expect to receive as a product. Since you haven't done it before, you aren't being hired given your expertise about it, so make sure to talk with them and see if you can find out what they expect. Examples: color or b/w photos? Should you take some extra care to not show something in the photos, or you just should take ...


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If you've never worked a wedding before, I'd highly recommend suggesting that you'd be willing to work with them as a second shooter, but are not particularly comfortable being the sole photographer for the wedding as you lack experience working weddings. Then work with them to try to find a photographer who does have primary shooter experience and see if ...


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I wear Bostonian dress Flexlite shoes when I am working conferences and trade shows. I am on my feet 16+ hours a day, and could not do it without these shoes. They are comfortable and very supportive. They look like dress shoes (well they are dress shoes), but they feel and fit like running shoes. The soles are rubber, and several styles are available. ...


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Different color pallete. Weddings are known for high contrast, tux + white gown. Not making people into inkblots or blank paper is top priority. Here, you'll be releived of that but have to get subtle midtones. Get flesh tones right, so calebrate the white balance with a grey cloth and color chart. BTW I'm experienced with nude glamour photography in ...


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One of the best times to shoot outdoor portraits is when the sky is cloudy and overcast. It provides nice, even, neutral lighting without harsh shadows and back light. Natural light isn't always (or even often) going to be the best that it can be. The solution is to provide the light you need yourself. This can range from a couple of simple reflectors and ...


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As a rule, pro wedding photographers and editors consider a Blemish to be a temporary flaw or mark on a persons face. These will include skin imperfections such as spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, veins in the eyes ETC, anything that is temporary. Any imperfection which is a more permanent part of a person, is generally not considered a blemish. These ...


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One thing to consider if you are to charge for your photography: how reliable is your equipment? If you're just a friend taking pictures and your camera breaks, or your SD card gets corrupted, your friends will be supportive and tell you it's really bad luck. If you're the pro and the same thing happens to you, then you are in trouble. I had a D5100 and ...


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