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AncasterRFD wrote:
Jun 8th, 2016 10:05 am
Other more experienced wedding photogs and Fuji users here may chime in, the XT10 should be fine. Ideally you want the 16-55 f/2.8 and an external flash. If you decide to do this all the time and keep the Fuji, you'll want to expand lenses, get a 2nd body, and more equipment to change the way you light people.

Gear aside, weddings are mainly about keeping up with the flow of the day, getting all the key shots, directing lots of people and posing them, capturing moments that don't have second chances like first look, aisle walks, people crying/laughing, ring exchange, first kiss, first dance, etc; capturing all the details of the day like the dress, shoes, rings, tables... all the while being creative in your compositions, usually at quick pace with unpredictable weather, people being late or uncooperative, bridezillas, uncle bobs getting in the way lol, etc.

Outside of true candids, you create "professional shots", flatter everyone. You're manipulating light, using reflections, depth of field, fine tuning people's bodies. You are an artist first and the gear your tools. Watch this master be very specific in his direction:

https://vimeo.com/50670566

And the first couple of minutes here, it's very deliberate:

https://vimeo.com/115950749

Post processing is another arena where you'll define a style and need to know how to retouch in Lightroom, and some basic Photoshop skills like face swapping to fix that one resting bitch face, even though you fired 10 shots of the same group lol.

I use 2 Canon 6Ds, a few prime lenses and f/2.8 zooms. What's not pictured is a flash trigger, stands, a YN branded Ice light, a large reflector/diffuser, Magmods.

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Sorry for the extended answer, it really does go beyond camera choice because you control the imagery. You should start with Roberto Valenzuela's posing book. Once these concepts are innate, with practice, you know exactly how you want people to be positioned and their expressions.
+!. Very informative reply. Great contribution to the community.
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AncasterRFD wrote:
Jun 7th, 2016 2:33 pm
Yes lol! Where was your ceremony? Ours was in the outdoor chapel

This is my version:
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nintendo wrote:
Jun 8th, 2016 12:24 pm
Awesome, thanks for the input! Appreciate skilled photographers like you that take the time to share knowledge and encourage beginners on the forum. I didn't realize how much a role post processing plays in the final product. For me the wedding would be like a one off thing so I wouldn't be investing too much in equipment. More along the lines of a single good camera and all round lens that can take indoor portrait shots and beautiful scenic shots like those posted. Would be nice if others would list the camera model they used for their photos in this thread (or do 'experts' not want to share that information?) Do you have other camera recommendations for besides the 6Ds?
Post processing is important for several reasons, you won't see a professional release their RAWs. I don't know your skill level, always shoot in RAW for the maximum data if you plan to edit.

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It's not common for people to say what camera/lens they used, but you can usually get that with an EXIF reader. As for those who hide that data, that's probably personal preference.

The Canon 6D is their budget full frame and good enough for weddings, I picked it partly because of blogs like this:

http://irvingphotographydenver.com/what ... otography/
http://shotkit.com/stark-photography/

I prefer DSLRs for weddings in general due to the way they focus and can employ the red AF assist beam in a speedlite or trigger (use it whether you want the flash to fire or not). Attaining focus in lowlight situations is crucial and everyone eventually ignores that red beam vs a bright mirrorless' lamp.
Pro DSLR lenses are also cheaper are more available on the black/used market.

https://fstoppers.com/originals/how-ach ... ons-112577

Other cameras? I like the D750 and it has more dynamic range recovery than my 6D although what we're seeing from Canon this year is promising in this area, which is good news for the upcoming 5D4 and 6D2.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/7168986570 ... low-iso-dr

Keep in mind as I said, it's much more than gear and you don't need a FF camera to shoot a wedding.
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nintendo wrote:
Jun 8th, 2016 12:24 pm
More along the lines of a single good camera and all round lens that can take indoor portrait shots and beautiful scenic shots like those posted.
Budget? You might want to start your own thread for this question.
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Eric + Cindy Wedding in California. He may look familiar to some of you.

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Jun 28th, 2016 11:57 pm
Eric + Cindy Wedding in California. He may look familiar to some of you.
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^^As always...................Dmitri wins.^^
Last one is just simply awesome.
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neltron3030 wrote:
Jun 1st, 2016 10:48 pm
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AncasterRFD wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2016 10:54 am
^ composition and use of light is exceptional, posing and overall feeling is natural, very nice!
I find both of your work to be super amazing. I am trying to notch my work up as well. I feel I need more experience in editing - Any tutorials / tips where should i start? I am liking the "studio" look these days a lot.
e.g.:
There is this before / after

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3zye ... UxDaUJDeGM

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3zye ... HVkdG5YRTg

I can guess somewhat - what has been done (and lot of light "painting" has been done to it) but if I can get an explanation that will be awesome.
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AncasterRFD wrote:
Jun 9th, 2016 11:13 am
Post processing is important for several reasons, you won't see a professional release their RAWs. I don't know your skill level, always shoot in RAW for the maximum data if you plan to edit.

https://fstoppers.com/business/why-phot ... nts-113755

If you don't want to listen to quirky Jessica, start at 3:00
It's not common for people to say what camera/lens they used, but you can usually get that with an EXIF reader. As for those who hide that data, that's probably personal preference.

The Canon 6D is their budget full frame and good enough for weddings, I picked it partly because of blogs like this:

http://irvingphotographydenver.com/what ... otography/
http://shotkit.com/stark-photography/

I prefer DSLRs for weddings in general due to the way they focus and can employ the red AF assist beam in a speedlite or trigger (use it whether you want the flash to fire or not). Attaining focus in lowlight situations is crucial and everyone eventually ignores that red beam vs a bright mirrorless' lamp.
Pro DSLR lenses are also cheaper are more available on the black/used market.

https://fstoppers.com/originals/how-ach ... ons-112577

Other cameras? I like the D750 and it has more dynamic range recovery than my 6D although what we're seeing from Canon this year is promising in this area, which is good news for the upcoming 5D4 and 6D2.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/7168986570 ... low-iso-dr

Keep in mind as I said, it's much more than gear and you don't need a FF camera to shoot a wedding.
That is not always true, it depends on the nature of the work. In some cases a 3rd party needs the images for further processing (or other reasons). However, from our experience so far if they need raw than they must have the full copyright too, because they take responsibility for the final product and they use the final product for their own needs. This is where it gets interesting, this is something that needs to be agreed ahead of time and in that case the price goes way up to reflect the potential impact that such a work could do to the photographer's portfolio (but won't because now the photographer can't add it anymore). We had several contracts like that.

That being said, I fully agree with AncasterRFD, this situation is most unusual, a regular client does not need the raw or unedited images and the photographer won't give it out because it is their name and reputation that is on the line.
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LucidPhotographyCalgary wrote:
Jul 24th, 2016 8:32 pm
That is not always true, it depends on the nature of the work. In some cases a 3rd party needs the images for further processing (or other reasons). However, from our experience so far if they need raw than they must have the full copyright too, because they take responsibility for the final product and they use the final product for their own needs. This is where it gets interesting, this is something that needs to be agreed ahead of time and in that case the price goes way up to reflect the potential impact that such a work could do to the photographer's portfolio (but won't because now the photographer can't add it anymore). We had several contracts like that.

That being said, I fully agree with AncasterRFD, this situation is most unusual, a regular client does not need the raw or unedited images and the photographer won't give it out because it is their name and reputation that is on the line.
+1 That was just a general statement in the best interest of the photog, there are exceptions to the rule. Mainly referring to wedding photography, you give up your RAWs when you second shoot or work under someone else's brand, and in other cases as above.

When I work for a prominent Toronto colleague, I also cannot contact the clients or publish my edits, I can just post on my own personal sites.
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