wedding photo equipment question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Gauthier Michel, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Projecting your problems at others will not solve
    Floyd L. Davidson, Dec 23, 2007
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  2. Gauthier Michel

    Robert Coe Guest

    : > I would add that for those big group shots in big churchs, the OP might want
    : > to consider using the #5 or #25 flashbulbs (I can't remember which are the
    : > big ones) instead of strobe. According to a local 'old-timer' photographer,
    : > years ago he shot a local high school gym on his 8x10 view camera by
    : > pre-wiring the gym with flashbulbs around the perimeter. He opened the
    : > shutter and touched the wires to a car battery to fire the bulbs. It's a
    : > nice photo.
    : Make sure the bulbs are blue for the proper color temperature. But you
    : don't really need to lick the butt of the bulbs before putting them
    : into the socket.

    Come to think of it, we did do that, didn't we? In retrospect, it sounds like
    a bad idea. If you get too much spit on the bulb, it might short out.
    Robert Coe, Dec 23, 2007
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  3. Gauthier Michel

    Robert Coe Guest

    : In article <>,
    : > Now youa re down to name calling? Apparently my assessment of your
    : > personality was right after all. I DO hate being such a good judge of
    : > people. I am predicting you end up on a killfile list REAL soon.
    : Floyd is an idiot. He rambles on and on with technical information that
    : serves no useful purpose in creating quality images. And when you put a
    : camera in his hand, he's lost.

    For all I know, you may be right. But I have to wonder where you got your
    information. Floyd lives up around the north pole. Have you ever actually met
    him or seen him with a camera in his hand?

    Robert Coe, Dec 23, 2007
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    Skinner1 Guest

    As I recall it was you that used the term Machinegun wasn't it?

    This is all well and fine. Yes, it seems you were very professional.
    Except in one instance. In the manner in which you address others.

    "Some dork" is not a very "Professional" manner in which to address
    another person.... I don't care how expensice a suit you wear or how
    fancy a camera you carry. I have known people who were dirt poor that
    acted in the most professional manner.

    Were you a member of any of the Professional associations involved in
    Photography? If I am not sorely mistaken, don't those associations
    also have as part of their mission imparting information and training
    to new photographers? Did you not feel a duty to teach the next
    generation of photographers?

    And I might point out that we are talking in the PAST tense here. Yor
    are not making your living through photography any more? Why??
    Skinner1, Dec 23, 2007
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    I wouldn't know it if he walked in the door. But I've seen enough of
    his images on his Web site.
    Mr. Strat, Dec 23, 2007
  6. Which seems to have made you somewhat green with envy.

    An odd form of praise, but duly noted anyway.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Dec 23, 2007
  7. Gauthier Michel

    Mr. Strat Guest

    Reading comprehension - work on it.
    Mr. Strat, Dec 23, 2007
  8. You need to work on a lot more than that.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Dec 23, 2007
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    dadiOH Guest

    You would probably do better if you understood English.



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    dadiOH Guest

    Only with the ability to use them to achieve an end result.



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    Joel Guest

    I agree! and I believe you probably do better with your mouth shut <bg>
    Joel, Dec 25, 2007
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    Tully Guest

    Not a typical pro studio yo be sure, but in the Seventies my wife and I
    had had a "2-man-plus" operation. She was much more suited to studio
    portraits, kids and product, while I liked available light, street
    photography, sports and other candids. We did a fair amount of event
    photography, and almost always split it up so that she was posing formal
    stuff with a hot light/strobe set, and I would prowl, mostly with 35mm
    gear that I could hang around my overworked neck & shoulders.

    Also with bit players: events usually required us to hire no more than
    one or two assistants, while we had a lot of "volunteers" and kibitzers
    in the studio/storefront on any given day. These contract (usually a
    verbal one) part-timers were allowed to refuse any assignment that
    didn't appeal to them. We didn't care if we worked eighty hours one week
    and twelve the next, as our overhead was low, we were young & stupid and
    unconstrained by the kind of liability insurance, litigation worries,
    workmens' comp and other red tape so common nowadays.

    A small business could be fun then.
    Tully, Dec 25, 2007
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    Chris H Guest

    Problem is that many here don't use English... they use American, and
    American slang at that.
    Chris H, Dec 26, 2007
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    Chris H Guest

    I would disagree in part.

    Part of Photography is in "seeing" the picture. That was separate to
    the equipment.

    The other part of photography is getting the best out of your equipment.
    The skills involved for that changes as the equipment changes.

    I know a couple of digital photographers who take posed shots as though
    they were still using expensive glass plates. Though they both shoot in

    However when the mode takes them they will fire of a few frames quickly
    depending on the subject and the action. Some times you have to "point
    and shoot" and hope the camera got what you thought you saw.

    I have been in many situations where you had a second or two do decide
    to take a picture and after that there is no way you could re create it.

    So photography is a mixture of "seeing" the picture and using the

    In some cases "seeing the picture" might involve a lot of photoshop.
    (Even for a scanned 35mm image) or sometimes waiting an hour with pre
    set settings for the event to happen.
    Chris H, Dec 26, 2007
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    Not4wood Guest


    You just defined the whole of what "Photography Is" very eloquently. The
    equipment is a tool like a brush. You have to or actually must previsualize
    the image then be able to grab it. In "Weddings" that grab can be a hoot
    though. Sometimes you must move as fast as you can to try and capture that
    one special moment, while running and setting your camera, making sure your
    flash is on and charged to get the best angle.

    Its a combination of using both the tools and the minds eye to be able to
    create what the photographer saw. A lot of people get caught up in the
    equipment to such a point that they forget why there here.

    Not4wood, Dec 27, 2007
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    May Guest

    What I like to do is get access to the wedding site before the big day
    so that I can get an idea of what additional equipment I need & where
    to place my extra lighting. That way when the big day arrives I get
    there early, set up & if all goes well, all I need to worry about is
    getting the shots. Be open to taking non-traditional shots as well.
    May, Dec 27, 2007
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    Ken Hart Guest

    That's a very nice idea, but part of being a professional is being able to
    rapidly adapt to the situation at hand. Let's say that you look over the
    place and decide that you want to place a light stand there and there. Then
    on the wedding day, you discover that decorations have been placed so that
    those lights will cast shadows across the subjects. Or worse yet, you are
    confident of your earlier scouting abd don't notice those shadows. The
    electrical outlet that you were going to use turns out to be a two-wire and
    you can't plug in your three prong ("U-ground") plugs. Or the outlet is a
    switched outlet contolled by a switch no one can find.

    Over the years, you will find that it doesn't matter what equipment you
    bring along, sooner or later, you will need something you didn't bring. Try
    not to make that thing be film!
    Ken Hart, Dec 27, 2007
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    May Guest

    Obviously nothing is that black & white. Besides any professional, as
    you were saying, would have done as I suggested after decorations are
    in place, attended the rehearsal, checked the outlets, heck maybe even
    set up the equipment to look for any shadows, point was that
    by taking the time to do these things might help to be better prepared
    for the event. There will always be something over looked & yes, you
    will have to adapt. I guess that I over estimated the intelligence in
    that I assumed if I said to check out the venue ahead of time those
    things would be taken into consideration.
    May, Dec 27, 2007
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    This is a small community, so I got used to working the same churches
    most of the time. I knew where the outlets were, always carried a
    3-prong adapter, etc.
    Mr. Strat, Dec 28, 2007
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    The One Guest

    Christ, you want to shoot wedding, but know nothing about Cameras, this is

    Wedding photography has had the arse knocked out of it, I only offer the
    price of an album these days.
    The One, Jan 28, 2008
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