The dreaded "My first wedding" post (pic heavy)

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Well I took my first wedding shots on Saturday. I did it as a "third" shooter with a buddy of mine that does this full time. My hope is that when I retire in two years I can do this as my second career.

Please let me know what you think of the shots and if there is anything I can do to make them better. The lighting at the reception was awful with a mix of DJ lights and yellow "candle light" lights around the room.

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I've never shot weddings and I'm really new to photography but I did notice a few things and I could be really wrong. First of all, I really like 6,8,9, and 10. I like the idea in 2, but something about it is a little off. But I do kind of like it. I love the bokeh in #1, but i think it would have been slightly better if you could have gotten the focus on both the bride's face and her father. And lastly in #5, was it the intent to have them all looking to your left, or was someone else taking a photo or something else going on and they all looked that way. Again, I'm really new to this so take my advice for what its worth!
 
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Lots of good photos here, although as a critique I'd say that you should never shoot people shots where there can be casual motion at as slow as 1/80s. Bump up ISO a little more to 800 so that you've got 1/160s which should lock the shots down where there's just a bit of subject motion a lot better. Or use some flash, or if that's not possible go to a faster prime lens. 1/125s is usually as slow as I like to go. You can always clean up noise later, but a motion blurred shot is lost forever.

I did the same thing the first time I shot a wedding as a second shooter. Cheaped out too much on ISO and as a result lost a bunch of shots due to blur that I would have had if I had just pushed the ISO another stop. Nail the exposure and/or shoot RAW and you can always clean up the higher ISO stuff to taste later, but all hope is lost if something is motion blurred.
 
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Lots of good photos here, although as a critique I'd say that you should never shoot people shots where there can be casual motion at as slow as 1/80s. Bump up ISO a little more to 800 so that you've got 1/160s which should lock the shots down where there's just a bit of subject motion a lot better. Or use some flash, or if that's not possible go to a faster prime lens. 1/125s is usually as slow as I like to go. You can always clean up noise later, but a motion blurred shot is lost forever.

I did the same thing the first time I shot a wedding as a second shooter. Cheaped out too much on ISO and as a result lost a bunch of shots due to blur that I would have had if I had just pushed the ISO another stop. Nail the exposure and/or shoot RAW and you can always clean up the higher ISO stuff to taste later, but all hope is lost if something is motion blurred.
Thank you very much for the tip. I did notice that I had several photos that were not as sharp as I would have liked and wasn't sure why. Now I know. I was shooting in aperture priority and never really paid attention to the ss. Rookie mistakes I guess.
 
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they are all gone now... only the Xs... sadness. would you mind making the photos available again?

Daniel
 
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I'd give them a choice, with or without the processing. Looks abit off to me but that may be what you were going for... fine
Generally, old school, traditional weddings...... ?
 
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Nice Pics. I would agree that the effect in #5 (Topaz Adjust) doesn't work for that one. There are tons of TA setting that might be able to be applied successfully to some of these pics, but that one took it a little too far.

I like #8 and #10 the best.
 

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