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DigiBill 09-14-2017 07:43 PM

First Wedding
 
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I have no wedding experience and just do photography as a hobby. My grandson asked that I be the photographer for his wedding. I reluctantly accepted to save the expense of a pro. Here are few shots from the wedding. Your feedback would be much appreciated.

DigiBill 09-15-2017 02:55 PM

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Hmmmm...thought I might get some feedback that would help me improve for the next time.

eosxt 09-15-2017 04:18 PM

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They look nice to me. It looks like you found some good light to shoot in and that's half the battle.
I can't tell for sure, but in my phone the eyes look a little soft, it looks like the flowers are sharper.
Always focus on eyes, especially at wide apertures.
I too like shallow dof, but I always shoot a safe one too at f/11.

DigiBill 09-15-2017 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by eosxt (Post 2367853)
They look nice to me. It looks like you found some good light to shoot in and that's half the battle.
I can't tell for sure, but in my phone the eyes look a little soft, it looks like the flowers are sharper.
Always focus on eyes, especially at wide apertures.
I too like shallow dof, but I always shoot a safe one too at f/11.

eosxt.....

Thanks for the good suggestions. Much appreciated.

Bill

nu2scene 09-15-2017 06:58 PM

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Weddings are not easy to shoot. Overall it looks like a decent job.

In the first image it does look like the flowers are sharper than the face and eyes. If that's what you were going for, you nailed it. I know a lot of people like that type of image. But for me, if you wanted the focus on the flowers, the face should have been totally out of focus. That makes it looks purposeful. Somewhat out of focus can be distracting, or it can feel like a mistake.

The overall exposure seems ok, but it's a bit flat. In post I would brighten her face up a touch in relation to everything else. I know it's easy to say after the fact, but the background is a bit busy. If it would have been possible, maybe moving a step or 2 to the left or right would have cleaned it up, and maybe moved the post off of her head/body. The background is out of focus which helps, but it's still too distracting.

The second image has nice lighting. The subject matter is great, your focus point seems perfect. The background for me is a distraction. Especially that dark poll and hardware. They are thrown out of focus, but for me it's not enough. It keeps pulling my eye off the people.

DigiBill 09-15-2017 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by nu2scene (Post 2367865)
Weddings are not easy to shoot. Overall it looks like a decent job.

In the first image it does look like the flowers are sharper than the face and eyes. If that's what you were going for, you nailed it. I know a lot of people like that type of image. But for me, if you wanted the focus on the flowers, the face should have been totally out of focus. That makes it looks purposeful. Somewhat out of focus can be distracting, or it can feel like a mistake.

The overall exposure seems ok, but it's a bit flat. In post I would brighten her face up a touch in relation to everything else. I know it's easy to say after the fact, but the background is a bit busy. If it would have been possible, maybe moving a step or 2 to the left or right would have cleaned it up, and maybe moved the post off of her head/body. The background is out of focus which helps, but it's still too distracting.

The second image has nice lighting. The subject matter is great, your focus point seems perfect. The background for me is a distraction. Especially that dark poll and hardware. They are thrown out of focus, but for me it's not enough. It keeps pulling my eye off the people.

Thanks Rob. The detailed feedback is much appreciated. Your are certainly correct about weddings not being easy to shoot. I learned a lot from the experience. Its very unlikely I will ever do a wedding again.

ShutterKlick 09-15-2017 08:50 PM

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Looks like a fine effort for sure! Post more please?

The face looks fine to me but I need new glasses. If the flowers are more sharp than the subject's face.. allow me to suggest. I normally run my camera on spot focus, automatic focus is set to "single press".. so for that subject, if it were me shooting it... I'd move the focusing rectangle to the face and half press for focus.. then re-position the camera to get the framing I want, THEN press the rest of the way to take the picture. This is how I shoot 99.9% of my images, and the intended part to be in focus is... well... always in focus. :-)

You can widen your DOF with a moderate F stop, say 7 or 11. Then at that distance, the face and the flowers will both be in focus, with the background out of focus.

Im looking at your flkr, many of them look really good... many look like they could use some help from a fill flash.

Thanks for posting!
Andrew

DigiBill 09-16-2017 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by ShutterKlick (Post 2367880)
Looks like a fine effort for sure! Post more please?

The face looks fine to me but I need new glasses. If the flowers are more sharp than the subject's face.. allow me to suggest. I normally run my camera on spot focus, automatic focus is set to "single press".. so for that subject, if it were me shooting it... I'd move the focusing rectangle to the face and half press for focus.. then re-position the camera to get the framing I want, THEN press the rest of the way to take the picture. This is how I shoot 99.9% of my images, and the intended part to be in focus is... well... always in focus. :-)

You can widen your DOF with a moderate F stop, say 7 or 11. Then at that distance, the face and the flowers will both be in focus, with the background out of focus.

Im looking at your flkr, many of them look really good... many look like they could use some help from a fill flash.

Thanks for posting!
Andrew

Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. Much appreciated.

mdwine 09-19-2017 03:34 PM

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I don't mean to "pile on", but the images look to be a bit 'yellow cast', check the color temp/WB?

I love to shoot weddings... I love the intimate moment you grabbed here with the little girl. You can get rid of that dark pole/hinge looking thing reasonably easy, and that little bit of flower in the low left corner... brighten up a tad, check the WB, and you're in there IMHO. I like a tad bit of vignette myself, some do not.

I'll drop over and look at the flickr posts.... I love a wedding! ;)

post Flickr review... I like'm! I think a bit of exposure would help, and a few could be "horizon straightened". Looks like a nice family, and a lot of fun. You've conveyed the emotion!

DigiBill 09-19-2017 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by mdwine (Post 2368370)
I don't mean to "pile on", but the images look to be a bit 'yellow cast', check the color temp/WB?

I love to shoot weddings... I love the intimate moment you grabbed here with the little girl. You can get rid of that dark pole/hinge looking thing reasonably easy, and that little bit of flower in the low left corner... brighten up a tad, check the WB, and you're in there IMHO. I like a tad bit of vignette myself, some do not.

I'll drop over and look at the flickr posts.... I love a wedding! ;)

post Flickr review... I like'm! I think a bit of exposure would help, and a few could be "horizon straightened". Looks like a nice family, and a lot of fun. You've conveyed the emotion!

First of all thanks for taking the time to look and a special thanks for all the comments/suggestions. Your feedback is valued.


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