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First ever wedding shoot

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by shipsaeki, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. shipsaeki

    shipsaeki

    42
    Jun 9, 2008
    New York
    Ok, so I've been shooting for about 4 months now and absolutely love it! I'm currently shooting with a D80 and I find it to be a great machine so far.

    Here's my story...

    Saturday morning 9:29 AM, I got awakened by my cell phone ringing. It was my friend asking what I was doing today. I realized the time and said "Oh Sh!t, I'm late to work!!!"

    He asks if I could call out, so of course I ask why. He tells me that the photographer for his brothers wedding bailed out at the last minute. Weighing my options, I decided to call out of work and do a huge favor for this poor guy. I ask when the wedding is and he tells me 2:00PM. Not that bad I thought to myself, until he tells me I have to get ready in 20 minutes to go to the brides house and take some shots of her getting ready.

    So after he picks me up, I tell him to stop by BestBuy so I can buy a flash. Thank God they had it in stock! (I don't know what I would have done without it) I picked up an SB-600 and quickly continued to the brides house.

    I get there by 11:00 and start to shoot and the rest is history.

    Now remember, this is my first time using an external flash. Also, this is my FIRST EVER wedding shoot. I really hope they enjoy the pictures.

    Tell me what you all think for my first time ever using flash and shooting a wedding.

    P.S. Sorry for the wacky order.

    1
    DSC_0062.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/3.2    1/125s    ISO 200

    2
    BW.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/3.2    1/125s    ISO 200

    3
    DSC_0010.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/160s    ISO 250

    4
    DSC_0077.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/3.2    1/160s    ISO 200

    5
    DSC_0022.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 250

    6
    DSC_0092.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.8    1/125s    ISO 200

    7
    DSC_0093.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/3.2    1/100s    ISO 200

    8
    DSC_0197.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/4.0    1/100s    ISO 320

    9
    DSC_0198.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/4.0    1/100s    ISO 320

    10
    DSC_0023.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 160

    11
    DSC_0032.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 160

    12
    DSC_0057.
    NIKON D80    ---    38mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 160

    13
    DSC_0124.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 160

    14
    DSC_0126.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/80s    ISO 500

    15
    DSC_0136.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/80s    ISO 500

    16
    DSC_0162.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.0    1/100s    ISO 320

    17
    DSC_0164.
    NIKON D80    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 800

    18
    DSC_0231.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/6.3    1/100s    ISO 500

    19
    DSC_02401.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/100s    ISO 500

    20
    DSC_0240.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 320

    21
    DSC_0267.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/4.5    1/100s    ISO 800

    22
    DSC_0310.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/3.5    1/80s    ISO 800

    23
    DSC_0291.
    NIKON D80    ---    46mm    f/7.1    1/80s    ISO 800

    24
    DSC_0390.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/160s    ISO 500

    25
    DSC_0431.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/4.5    1/200s    ISO 500

    26
    DSC_0433.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/200s    ISO 500

    27
    DSC_0436.
    NIKON D80    ---    50mm    f/1.8    1/200s    ISO 500


    I know they're not the best shots, but I think I did pretty well. These pictures are better than no pictures I guess! :cool: 
     
  2. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Wow - I can't even imagine how stressful that would have been. Having said that, it doesn't show! I think you got some great shots - especially when you factor in zero wedding experience! I bet the couple will be thrilled that you saved the day! #17 and #18 are my favorites

    What PP method are you using? One tiny quick fix I learnt from Uncle Frank I think - is to use the clone tool on "darken" at about 30-40% on any tiny shine areas caused by the flash (forehead/nose). Just a thought!

    Congratulations on your first wedding - this is a beautiful series and you really saved the day!
     
  3. shipsaeki

    shipsaeki

    42
    Jun 9, 2008
    New York
    Thanks for the CC. I used Aperture and Photoshop. Again, very minimal experience with both programs. And yes, it was VERY stressful. Especially at the church, because I didn't know where I was and was not allowed to stand. Being Catholic myself, I know there are very strict rules when crossing the aisle, you must bow. I didn't know what to do because I was the "Photographer" but I'm also a Catholic! Very stressful indeed!
     
  4. cleoent

    cleoent

    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    You did a great great job! You saved their butts and they will probably be thankful forever!

    What kind of photog pulls out so last minute without another option for the B&G, wow.
     
  5. You did a great job...
     
  6. Very good considering the circumstances . Especially considering your experience .
     
  7. you did well
    the bride is very pretty.... that surely helps the pictures look better, of course

    #s 5 and 11....
    NOT very flattering to her gums/teeth.... i wouldn't show her those (you did well... that just isn't HER best "side")

    i like these
    last minute
    first wedding
    HOME RUN, in MY book
     
  8. Very pretty bride, handsome couple. Very good photography, you did it! They will be thrilled with the photos, if all as the samples you provided here. On 6 and 7 - suggest you clone out the out of focus object behind the childs head.
     
  9. shipsaeki

    shipsaeki

    42
    Jun 9, 2008
    New York
    Thanks, it means a lot coming from all of you guys/gals. I sent over about 5 sample shots and they absolutely love them so far. They kept asking me to send over more... haha, I told them they would have to wait!
     
  10. rocksgirl

    rocksgirl Guest

    Wow, these are gorgeous! I just did my first wedding this weekend and couldn't image just jumping out of bed and doing it. Really fantastic job.
     
  11. Looks like you performed a miracle for just getting out of bed and buying a flash to use for the first time. Great job and I'm sure the couple will be elated with tthe finished phosts.
     
  12. You've got some great shots here, very nicely done.
     
  13. wgilles

    wgilles

    Apr 25, 2008
    NJ
    Great shots. I don't know if I could ever do weddings myself, too much pressure
     
  14. you did well.
     
  15. RvUsa

    RvUsa

    300
    Feb 15, 2008
    Darlington, Pa
    Wow, I wish our wedding photographer called off, and I got you instead!!! He was a HACK!! Some day I may take senior pics, and portraits for family and friends, but I could NEVER do a wedding, to much pressure, and I know how bad it is when it doesn't go well. You can always have Ms. High School Senior come back and redo a goof, no such luck with weddings.

    You hit this one out of the Park!!!!
     
  16. shipsaeki

    shipsaeki

    42
    Jun 9, 2008
    New York
    Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments! Since the wedding, I've been crazy about portrait photog. So much fun working with light.
     
  17. jreed105

    jreed105

    415
    Feb 22, 2008
    Indiana
    You did a great job. You really captured the once in a lifetime event for them. Bravo!
     
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