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By Tish1    
Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my previous upload 'Photographing The Lord Mayor' your comments were extremely helpful

OK I did my first Wedding last Friday and while I enjoyed the whole process of the photography, or at least most of it, loading them onto my computer revealed my mistakes, for which I have no excuse, because I do know better. That said, it was definitely a learning curve and the one thing that has stuck in my mind is to set one camera for the outside shots and leave it there, provided it is not raining of course, that way, you wont forget to change some of the necessary settings; some people are just born plonkers SadSadSad

It is also vital to take control, and remember, you are the photographer, you are there to do a job and that involves, not only providing the images that they say the want at the time, but to ensure you make the images that you know they will like, happen.

Anyway, the Father of the Groom apparently fancies himself as a photographer, and for all I know he could be very good, but I had been warned. That said, it did not prepare me; he pushed me out of the way, he pulled me out of the way, he shouted at me, he tried to take total control of the photography and I have a whole volume of shots with his back as the main subject. I did not hit him, I did not swear at him, I didn't even raise my voice to him, but if I see him in the street I will definitely run him over, with the message 'Photo bombers never prosper'

Some of the shots I do really like others I think are OK and some, I will never view again, not even in the dark. I conquered my fear of shooting at high ISO's, but then of course there is the problem of processing them and I have to thank Willie Baneham [Banehawi] again for giving me the information I needed to reduce the noise, this upload being a prime beneficiary of his knowledge, because I hated this image before then and now I love it and I don't know why I love, I just do.

If you are not into wedding images, sorry, but I will be uploading a few more in the not too distant future.

I would very much appreciate your comments and advice, I need all the help i can get

Please enjoy


Tags: General Wedding photography Black and white Bride Portraits and people

Voters: Spkr51, rontear, femape and 24 more

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2018 2:44AM
Beautiful photography! She looks so very good!
Isabel GrinGrin
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
15 May 2018 4:03AM

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
15 May 2018 7:50AM
Two odd coincidences...

The first of the (VERY FEW) weddings I have shot had the same problem, but polite - the groom's father wanted to take pictures of the formal groups, and kept rushing to take them - I had to ask nicely and wait for him to go back and be i nthe picture himself...

This on top of the failure of my (at the time, only) SLR the night before... I shot the whole thing with an Olympus 35RC, a fixed-lens rangefinder compact. It did look silly attached to a hammerhead flashgun.

And this shot - by pure coincidence, I've jsut posted a shot with an out-of-focus face in front of the sharp one.

The framing of the bride works beautifully, I reckon. The tones are lovely. At 900 ISO, though, have you used very aggressive noise suppression? There's an overall lack of fine detail that looks as if it may be a 'tell'.

The secrets of a good wedding photographer include outstanding people management. Co-opt the groom's men. Take an assistant with the abilities of a primary school teacher. Or employ a professional cat-herder.
KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
15 May 2018 8:03AM
This is a lovely photo - I really like the way the Bride is looking demurely down and the oof Lady seems to be kissing her shoulder! Smile

I have never photographed a wedding (and not likely to), but have been Mother-Of-The-Bride. We were at Dartmouth and the Photographer (A lovely chap) suggested we wandered through the rose gardens for photos. So, there we were M-o-t-B, Bride & 2 Bridesmaids wandering around a public garden with everyone watching! (The Photographer even asked a picnicing couple to move from the bandstand so we could use it!). Anyway................My daughter's very favourite photo, not at all posed, in black & white, is the four of us marching along, me slightly in front. She titled it "My Mafia Family"! Grin

I bow to Wedding Photographers - a good one is gold dust and worth every penny!
15 May 2018 8:26AM
A beautiful photograph indeed, Tish.
Well done you for taking on the stressful job of Official Photographer .........
.......... and even more well done for keeping your cool!!
If you do see the bride's father in the street, just think of your No Claims Bonus!!SmileSmile

Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
15 May 2018 10:08AM
A great capture Tish, SmileSmile

Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
15 May 2018 10:41AM
Beautiful work Tish. You did so well not to lose it with that ignorant man.....I don't know how you managed it though, he sounds such a vile person!
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
15 May 2018 12:57PM
Beautiful image Tish , sounds like a baptism of fire !!
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
15 May 2018 3:16PM
Don't you go damaging your car running over that arrogant man, Tish! GrinGrin A very lovely composition and capture here - do tend to agree with dudler though about being aggressive with noise reduction, it does also reduce detail as well as noise; it's a bit of a compromise. Still a fine shot, though, and if the bride loves it, that's what counts Smile
Trev Smile
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
15 May 2018 3:21PM
How RUDE of that man........You did well not to chin him TishWink
Lovely pose and light, I just think you might have reduced the noise a little bit too much, as there seems very little detail in some areas like the dress.
I would also clone out the water bottle in the corner too.
I hope you are not offended, I am not related to the rude guestWink
15 May 2018 7:38PM
Its nerve racking to do the Wedding photos. I was the photographer film maker and witness for a very good friend. She did not put me under pressure. Saying if the photos all go wrong we will dress up in our outfits and you can go again. Only four persons at the Wedding. All went very well. I think you did well black and white always works well. Look forward to seeing your other captures. As to the rude relative I suspect your photographs will be far better. Debs
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
15 May 2018 9:43PM
A further thought... I spent my professional life as a council officer, and elected members varied from sweet and courteous to downright abusive. It went with the territory to stay calm, give sound, fact-based and logical advice, and not deck the abusive ones.

Similarly, the main job with any professional gig in photography is to be on top of the technicalities without thought, and solve the problems as they come. Keep calm and carry on...

I know I can hold my own with an offensive little git of a Thatcherite who believes all public servants are lazy and incomepetent, and it was a delight to work with an old-school Tory who wanted to know the truth, in detail. But i have never considered shooting weddings for a living. MUCH too much of an uphill struggle...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 778 England
15 May 2018 10:37PM
I have shot a number of weddings myself but thankfully I haven't had anyone like your nightmare.

ISO 900 is not high, really no need top worry there.

An attractive contemporary shot, and as long as the bride and groom are happy with the results, then you've done your job.

As for John's Olympus that has reminded me of the adverts for the Olympus trip nearly 40 years ago, set at a wedding with the old traditionalist wedding tog with a plate camera on a tripod and David Bailey next to him using the Trip. That advert used the phrase 'David Bailey, who'e he?'

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