How many pictures to (pick from) to document an average wedding?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by W.Boyce, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. W.Boyce

    W.Boyce Guest

    A friend is going to shoot a wedding for his buddy and asked me (an
    experienced photographer, but not weddings) about how many images did I
    think he should shoot "to be sure he got everything". He says he doesn't
    know when to quit shooting and "start to enjoy myself".

    I think he'll do the usual editing of his output to find the "keepers"
    and have an album made up, but mostly he wants to put them into a
    documentary a'la Ken Burns, put to music. Video to be about 7-10 minutes
    long. Probably about 250 images?? (Pre-ceremony, ceremony, "standard"
    shots and candids at the reception)

    What sort of ratio do you think he should aim for? Shooting digital.

    Thanks for your expert opinions.

    W.Boyce, Jul 6, 2009
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    K W Hart Guest

    Insuffient information.
    Do they just want "coverage" of the wedding and/or reception or do they want
    "artsy" stuff too?
    Are there family portraits involved?
    Are there 'split' families (divorced requiring separate photos)?
    Want sort of reception is it?
    Does the venue of the wedding or reception have interesting/unusual settings
    that will provide interesting portraits?

    Are you (or your friend) starting to get the idea? To provide quality,
    memorable wedding photography, you don't just get up one day and say "I
    think I'll start shooting weddings". You need practice. Practice best
    attained by studying other wedding photographer's work, either by looking at
    their finished product or apprenticing with them.

    As for the "start to enjoy myself" part, I always enjoyed myself shooting
    weddings, but then, I liked what I was doing. On the other hand, if I was
    hired, I NEVER drank, ate, smoked, or fraternized with the guests at the
    wedding or reception. That's one of the reasons why I called myself a
    professional- I was hired to do a job.

    My shooting ratio for candids was 100% keepers. For posed group photos, I
    based it on the number of people: one frame for every four people in the
    group. BUt then, I shoot film, so I am careful to make sure everything is
    correct before firing.
    K W Hart, Jul 7, 2009
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    W.Boyce Guest

    The assignment was completed and he "winged it" in the absence of any
    meaningful input from me or this group. He shot considerably fewer
    pictures than shown above. Maybe he was lucky or a better photographer
    than Browne.

    His video was a huge success as a gift to the bride and groom and he
    sold 4 copies each to the parents of the couple to send to relatives who
    were unable to attend from Argentina and Brazil. Bride's parents told me
    privately they wanted to encourage him in his hobby and insisted on
    writing him a check for $2500 over his objections and the other couple
    followed suit for $2000 for their 3 copies. He is encouraged by this
    initial success. I told him not everyone would be that generous.

    Planning to upgrade his Nikon D50 and get a better flash. Any
    recommendations welcome.
    W.Boyce, Jul 18, 2009
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    Alienjones Guest

    With those bucks coming in why not go for a Phase One camera?
    Alienjones, Jul 18, 2009
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    Jeff R. Guest

    Well, I was suspicious.
    12 decimal places I could have accepted, but when the number ran to 15
    places, I started to smell a rat...
    Jeff R., Jul 19, 2009
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