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Is what I've been asked, it's one of my bests mates birthday parties and his other half has asked me to bring my camera.
Thing is I just want to enjoy the party and a few beers and have a laugh. I don't want to feel like I'm on the outside looking in to get the shots, plus I don't want to be worrying about my camera gear getting beer on it etc.
I feel quite bad by forgetting to take it on purpose later, but on the other hand you wouldn't ask a plumber friend to come along a just fit a radiator whilst at the party would you.
I don't think for one second she has thought about it like I would or any other photographer would, she propbaly thinks oh it's only a few snaps, those few snaps suddenly become posed group and couple shots, a shot of this one of that etc etc....
Anyway I've had a moan, probably sound like a right grump now
I shall just take a compact instead as most people do at a party.
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Compromise. I assume the party will last some hours so agree with your friend that you will take pics for, say the first hour, then after that you are just another guest enjoying yourself.
Tottally understand stu, when im away at weekends taking my 5d to the partys and beertents when the public has gone home spoils it for me as its a time I want to enjoy for me. But dont want to miss the same for the facebook pages after the event hense the reason i was after a new compact the other week now carry it even when ive got the 5d with me and been quite usefull, 16m pixel raw so crosses the gap quite well, infact the compact images got published last week lol
As Kev suggests - take your compact. I often find at these events I want to take some pic's for myself anyway - having the compact helps in these situations. Tell your friends other half what you plan on doing and why. I suspect she'll get it and feel no animosity.
That's what I plan to do, I shall take the wifes compact and use that.
I just can't switch off if I have my Dslr with me and tend to only see everything through the viewfinder.
I would much rather have a glass in my hand with a beer in it
Quote: I feel quite bad by forgetting to take it on purpose later, but on the other hand you wouldn't ask a plumber friend to come along a just fit a radiator whilst at the party would you.
If you do photography for a living as it appears, you have a ready made excuse. I used to tell everyone who asked that if I were asked to take pictures, it became a professional job for me and not a social occasion.
My sister asked me to take pictures at her wedding and I said the same thing. There's no need to feel guilty. It is perfectly reasonable. If someone doesn't see your point of view and gets shirty it more or less shows that they wouldn't have invited you except they wanted some pictures taken.
I would just take the compact instead. We are off to a wedding reception tonight. I am going to take my compact "just in case".
I've often been accused of taking photos at events, including parties, just to ease the boredom!
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