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    Default First wedding shoot w/E3 & E1

    I did my first wedding shoot last weekend for some friends of my Girlfriend and I. I was originally hesitant when the idea came up a few mos ago, but their photographer flaked out a few weeks prior to the wedding (halloween day) and after establishing expectations (UPOD) I decided to do it. I read alot of horror stories over at DPR, so I knew what to expect and prepared for the worst and brought tons of backup batteries/3 flashes etc., but ended up not needing most of them. Thankfully the eneloops arrived the day before.

    I was confident after consulting them and figuring out what they wanted and expected, but the 24hrs prior to the wedding day, I was a wreck and started doubting myself. Well after about 15 min into shooting the group, I was fine (I was more intimidated by the group than the actual photography I think). It was a gorgeous day 80 degrees partly cloudy after fog/rain in the am. Though that complicated things as I had started to plan for an overcast day, only to change 30 min before the shoot. But much better than the 40 deg temps the day before and after.

    So all in all it went well. I made a few minor mistakes here and there with busy backgrounds or slight overexposure with the FL50 on camera in difficult situations, but got plenty of keepers too. The bride and groom loved them and have been raving about them. I dropped off the CD of PP images tonight and they gave me some nice gifts and thanked me again profusely. It felt good. It was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. The idea of wedding photography always bored me, but this was rather enjoyable (sans stress). I also had another couple ask me to do their wedding next spring after they saw the photos, so I think I will be doing it (for double my first rate this time, as I did not feel comfortable charging too much for a rookie photographer).

    I decided not to deal with the sun and took a lot of group photos in the shade of a big tree with an umbrella and triggers. I needed very little light as it turned out 1/16th power off camera flash was too much for F5.6, so I went to a smaller aperature (which didn't blur the background as I had planned). This picture I really loved, despite all that. Converted in LR2 and tilt cropped did a little magic to it. I preferred this effect to most of the color images, as did the Bride. When the clouds produced some shade,
    I quick did some better locations in the garden. Adorama has some great deals on prints, so I ordered them some as a special gift for them.

    Oh, and I used the 50mm F2 and 12-60 mostly (small ceremony area).




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    Congratulations. I can see that just from these two that did GOOD and some of them are going to on the wall in big frames.
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    Thanks. I ordered the first one to get framed as a gift for them and a few others, just out of my own curiosity how they will print on the Kodak Silk paper that is being discontinued. $.88 for 8x10s!. And their metallic paper which is really cool.

    BTW How do you add a thumbnail to the thread like everyone else does? I can't find anywhere on the forum that tells you.
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    Great job! Careful, weddings are addicting.

    Love the group shot

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    Wisertime

    All you need to do to add a thumbnail is to click on the paperclip icon along the menu bar.



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    BTW Wisertime - I see five nice looking women and 1 guy - where are the rest of the guys?
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    Wow, you did great! They have got to be pleased with those. Good job!
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    Thanks for the comments. More can be seen here, if you feel so inclined.

    http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/thompsonwedding

    the guys




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    The 2 you posted here look outstanding. If the rest are as good, you did awesome.

    I'll have a look later at the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by barkly View Post
    Wisertime

    All you need to do to add a thumbnail is to click on the paperclip icon along the menu bar.



    I see it when I reply, but when I try to edit the original post (same when I first posted it), there is now row with the paperclip.
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    I am just wanting to say that I feel you did great and I am not just being nice. Truly, great shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I am just wanting to say that I feel you did great and I am not just being nice. Truly, great shots.
    Thank you. I truly appreciate your honest opinion.
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    You did great on these. They should be very happy with your work for them.
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    Nice bunch of guys too!
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    Great shots and congrats on your first wedding shoot! You have way more confidence than I to shoot such an important venue, but it seems you did very well.

    Just a hint for that blurred background look you are going for...

    Try using a longer lens and backing up away from your subject(s). I have found that the 70-300 is a great portrait lens that results in nice, blurry backgrounds .

    I have also heard that the 50-200 is also perfect for this, but I have no experience with that lens.
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    I just flicked through your slideshow and the images looked great. The key thing is that you have really good light on all your faces, and every one looks nice and sharp. Plus they have some great smiles. The ones with the blue sky in the back look especially good to me. I's be very happy with this, were I to try such a thing (not likely--sounds too hard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetr24 View Post
    Great shots and congrats on your first wedding shoot! You have way more confidence than I to shoot such an important venue, but it seems you did very well.

    Just a hint for that blurred background look you are going for...

    Try using a longer lens and backing up away from your subject(s). I have found that the 70-300 is a great portrait lens that results in nice, blurry backgrounds .

    I have also heard that the 50-200 is also perfect for this, but I have no experience with that lens.
    Thanks. Well since they were friends, had reasonable expectations, no dark church to worry about having ISO 6400, posed shots before the ceremony, I figured I could handle it. Plus there was one other person with a Sony DSLR to catch some other shots, but I am certain she had it in Auto, because she didn't know anything about photography.

    I did have the 50-200 with me, but left it in the trunk, since I have had a love affair with the 50mm since I got it a few mos ago and carrying two bodies was easier that way. The ceremony venue was too tight for the longer lens too. But, yes you are probably right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisertime View Post
    Thanks for the comments. More can be seen here, if you feel so inclined.

    http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/thompsonwedding

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    Not knowing the people, it looks like you captured some nice memories.

    This picture and several of the other pictures that I glanced at in the album mostly with brown backgrounds instead of the sky, seem to be a little off in terms of either the exposure or the white balance, where the skin is a little too redish (at least when displayed on my unprofiled monitor at work). Now, this is something photographers will pick up on, but most people involved just will not see. For shots that are going to be made into larger prints, you might want to spend a little time changing the colors in post (or not, as I said most people don't even notice it).

    Its one of those things I tend to ignore when shooting, even though I do have an expocap to balance the colors with a custom white balance, I don't tend to use it. In theory the external WB sensor of both the E-1/E-3 will give truer colors than cameras without (and certainly I noticed less color problems with them than with the E-510 when I had it), but it isn't foolproof.

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    Good point. I did have to warm up various groups of shots that appeared too cold for my taste. Some I did turn down the saturation on the red channell too, where faces appeared worse (two men had reddish complexions that were prob amplified), but I must have missed some. They do look different on my main monitor vs. my laptop that I am on now though I think.
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