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Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:22 am

Hi guys!

Heres a question for you no-lifers  

I'm thinking of starting doing Wedding photography but was just wondering what sort of equipment I'd need.

I have a DSLR with a few lenses, tripod, flash, cable release, and a few other bits n pieces.

Any recommendations.


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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:56 am

Quoting Woady (Thread starter):
Any recommendations.

Ensure your Equipment works always or have backup photography in place.The Wedding couple cannot be told that the Photos were erased  Smile
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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:03 am

Quoting Woady (Thread starter):

Get an umbrella painted white inside, and then get some seriously cheesy glasses.

You've got it then.

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:15 am

Lol! Thanks guys  Smile

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:30 am

Having an assistant is pretty much a necessity. They can carry your backup body (which you must have) and any other equipment plus they can help you out in any other situations where you might need a hand.

Experience and impeccable skill are your two most important skills here as well. Weddings are (ideally, at least) a once-in-a-lifetime event that involve thousands of dollars and months of planning. The bride and groom will have your head if the slightest thing is off.

My blanket recommendation with a lot of these questions is to visit FredMiranda.com. They have a very good wedding photography forum where you can go and get solid advice from the pros. It's free to join as well, so you really have no excuse.  silly 

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:00 am

I spoke with a colleague of mine who photographs semi-professionally on the side. Here's what advice he had to offer...

Gear Related –

Everyone differs depending on shooting style so there are no must have combos. I shoot with a 24-105 zoom which covers a nice range on a dSLR with a 35mm prime on a second body. If allowed, flash is very helpful as well and a tripod may be useful (again, depends on your style and what is allowed at the event).

If you are using flash, make sure you have some sort of powerpack that will allow the flash to recycle quickly.

Definitely have backups of everything from camera body, lens, and memory cards in the event something fails. I recommend using more and smaller memory cards (say 2GB). You won’t have much time to do backup so the more the merrier.

Non gear related (more important than gear) –

Practice practice practice and plan very well before the event occurs. Blowing the hilite’s from the bride’s white dress or underexposing the dark tux will be bad news so practice as much as possible in the same setting as the wedding if it is possible to simulate.

Disorganization is an event killer and will make you look unprofessional, even when not really your fault. At a wedding I shot, everything was tossed together last minute and the bride didn’t know what family shots she wanted…they looked to me to tell them at the time allotted for this activity which was a near disaster. This was a great learning experience for me…it was my job to make sure this was ironed out before the big event which I didn’t do.

People skills are very important…don’t just stumble around shooting people at random. Talking to the guests and wedding party helps a great way in easing moods and getting better smiles.

Anticipation is also very important but that is stating the obvious.

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:02 am

Have you ever done this type of photography before? If not, don't even THINK about hiring yourself out until you have some experience under your belt. That could get ugly if you screw up photographs for a couple's "once in a lifetime" day.
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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:26 am

I've not done any before, but what I was thinking of doing is offering any friends and family some free photography for practice alongside a professional just to get an idea of what it's like.

Thanks for the links and help!

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:30 am

Hate to be the pessimist but two things you have to have is insurance and well worded contract. I see you are from the UK so I don't standard protocol there, but in the US insurance is a must, the last thing you want is a lawsuit blindsiding you for messing up a couples photos and not having any way out except out of your own pocket. Also a well worded contract is a must, you and the couple should be on the same page as for how long you will spend taking pictures, how many proofs you will provide, transportation costs (if needed), costs of your services, cost for additional prints, what the penalty will be if they back out of the contract, etc. Wedding photography (in the USA anyway) is a serious business and you can make some serious money if done rite.

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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:49 am

Also one bit of advise when working with the bridal couple get a complete list of photos that are a must have for the couple. Also have the couple designate one person who can be your go to person so you do not have to always bother the couple. And if possible see what type of contracts the other wedding photographers in your area have couples sign, because even if you are only doing friends and family you need to always do a contract.
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RE: Wedding Photography

Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:17 pm

take green plastic tarpaulins. If you get the married couple to sit on some grass you don't want them to get all dirty. I thought this was a good idea as I was once in a wedding party and the photographer did this.

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