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Is my current gear sufficient for wedding photography?

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 ...
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Is my current gear sufficient for wedding photography?

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 ...
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Why do people move their cameras in a square motion?

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 ...
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What's the best way to minimize wedding picture time?

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 ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

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 ...
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Is it common for wedding photographers to be booked every weekend?

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 ...
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Which focal length should be 'always on' for a wedding?

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 ...
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Is my current gear sufficient for wedding photography?

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 ...
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What's the best way to minimize wedding picture time?

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 ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

The only reason I can think of is if you need to make some extra spending on something. Pay an extra assistant, re purchase a flying ticket, hiring a backup photographer because that date was already ...
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Why do people move their cameras in a square motion?

It could be that you are observing the photographer using the Brenizer Method (see also Ryan Brenizer's site) in action. Essentially, the Brenizer Method uses panoramic stitching to create very ...
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Why do people move their cameras in a square motion?

Many cameras don't have a full coverage viewfinder. That is, the viewfinder doesn't show the complete frame that will be captured by the image. By moving the camera to each of the four sides of the ...
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Is my current gear sufficient for wedding photography?

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 ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

In addition to what Michael has already stated, depending on the configuration, you may want to create a composite. Long exposure for the scene only and then add the lights and couple to overlay on ...
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Wedding Photography - Do you charge up front?

You should charge an appreciable percentage of the fee when booking the wedding to hold the date. You should specify in the contract signed at that time that the balance for your base fee is due prior ...
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What's the best way to minimize wedding picture time?

Here's a different approach that seldom works because people are people, and the Bride & Groom are people, but it works quite well when people do what they say they will. Long ago our US imported ...
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What price should I charge for my first wedding as a Amateur photographer?

What to charge is the least of your worries. Although it is a little late for this now, the best preparation for shooting weddings is to shoot several weddings as a second shooter for an experienced ...
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Is it common for wedding photographers to be booked every weekend?

Most of the handful of full-time wedding pros that don't work staff photography jobs or a non-photo related "day" job in my area book about 20-30 weddings per year, mostly spread over the eight ...
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Save an underexposed foreground without blowing out the background

Is this a RAW image by any chance ? If so I'd probably first approach this by generating -2 stop and +2 stop images (as virtual copies) and do an HDR composite. You'll need to be heavy on the NR and ...
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What is the difference between Canvera and Karizma wedding albums?

Canvera Album Vs Karizma Albums The Quality Difference by means of print: I would rate them as 80% for Canvera and 90% for Karizma however when ...
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How to become a wedding photographer?

The Serious Answer I'm going to answer this question under the assumption that you already know your way around a camera, and that you're not trying to learn the skills, but rather are just trying to ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

I realize this was nearly two years ago, but... think about what you're asking: I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year... Should I charge a fee ...
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

Honestly the higher quality Third Party Lenses have really upped their game in terms of quality, focus speed and sharpness. I recently got a Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 which I have now used to replace my ...
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How can an amazing photographer grow business and visibility outside of the Indian market?

She is on her own and has categorically amazing artists on her team. They pay attention to minute details to create an experience for their client. Which is it...she's on her own OR she's got a team?...
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How did wedding photographers work in the olden days?

Very hard, just as they do now. There were far fewer wedding photographers who travelled internationally than it seems there are now. It seemed to be more of a localized profession for all but those ...
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What's the best way to minimize wedding picture time?

What would be the best algorithmic method to make one? Spoiler alert: all people are not created equal when it comes to organizing the order they go into pictures. If you have any children, you ...
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Is it common for wedding photographers to be booked every weekend?

It sounds like you are equating success with volume. The most successful photographers can pick and choose clients, venues, dates, and so on for both professional and personal reasons. Being booked ...
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What focal length is typical for Wedding Photography?

Weddings and Events in general are the time when zoom lenses shine. The Zoom is important because you want to be out of the way for the most part. The two lenses to have are 24-70 and 70-200 will ...
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Which focal length should be 'always on' for a wedding?

From my experience, during weddings, it's always harder to get further than closer to your subject (small spaces, people in the way, etc.). On FF, I use 35 mm (for the party), 50 mm (for the ceremony) ...
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