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Axle
03-23-2011, 07:52 AM
My primary gear is Digital, just because that's what people expect.

But when I do bring a film camera along I use the following.

Portrait Work - Pentax 645 with the standard SMC Pentax-A 645 75mm 1:2.8 (I will be investing in a 150mm this year). Then usually Portra 400 or 160NC depending on the lighting. Then a Nikon F4 with a 50mm and 105mm lenses and various films, indoor Ilford Delta 3200 or TMZ. Or Portra 400 for better lighting.

tkamiya
03-23-2011, 08:09 AM
If you are only shooting weddings occasionally then this does give you a bit more peace of mind as you can check the images. But people used to do occasional weddings before digital.


From OP's question, I got a sense that this IS his first time. It was my first (and probably only) wedding, too. My aim was to avoid absolute worst outcome at any cost.

cjbecker
03-23-2011, 09:28 AM
I have actually shot weddings before just they were all digital. My setup as of now for my upcoming wedding is going to be a fe, rolleicord, 500cm. all have there uses. portra 400. Natural lighting as much as I can then some strobes when its gets too dark.

benjiboy
06-03-2011, 07:37 AM
I sometimes feel the same about parties I get invited to when I am asked to bring my guitar with me.

For the eccentric wedding I mentioned above, when asked, I told my friend that I had decided never to do wedding photography but in his case I would make an exception. The other one was someone at work who just wanted a few snaps of him and his wife after the service.

Neither of the weddings I have photographed could be described as 'normal' and in both cases I had the negatives processed and printed to 5x7 and gave them letters transferring copyright so they could get their own prints made if they wanted to.
I surprised they didn't ask you to do both Steve.;)


Steve.
I surprised they didn't ask you to do both Steve.;)

Steve Roberts
06-03-2011, 08:27 AM
For my welding set-up I like to use a CO2/Argon mix and moderate wire feed . ....... oh! must get my eyes checked ... WEDDING.

I've ended up covering a couple of weddings purely because the people involved were a) friends and b) cheapskates. One I did on an 'at cost' basis and the other I did as my present to the happy couple (who are since even more happily divorced, though my photography was not to blame for that). On those occasions, shooting 35mm, I used the standard 50mm lens and a wide during the ceremonies, but for the alcohol-fuelled receptions, a 135mm lens came into its own for candid shots. Flash was my ancient Hitachi. For one, I also shot a couple of rolls at the reception on my Pentax Espio 105SW P & S and the results from that proved very popular with the punters, many of whom had what appeared to be quite high end d*****l cameras but not a clue how to use them.

Steve

benjiboy
06-03-2011, 09:05 AM
For my welding set-up I like to use a CO2/Argon mix and moderate wire feed . ....... oh! must get my eyes checked ... WEDDING.

I've ended up covering a couple of weddings purely because the people involved were a) friends and b) cheapskates. One I did on an 'at cost' basis and the other I did as my present to the happy couple (who are since even more happily divorced, though my photography was not to blame for that). On those occasions, shooting 35mm, I used the standard 50mm lens and a wide during the ceremonies, but for the alcohol-fuelled receptions, a 135mm lens came into its own for candid shots. Flash was my ancient Hitachi. For one, I also shot a couple of rolls at the reception on my Pentax Espio 105SW P & S and the results from that proved very popular with the punters, many of whom had what appeared to be quite high end d*****l cameras but not a clue how to use them.

Steve

Since in Britain two out of three marriages end in divorce I wonder if there's an untapped market for divorce photography because there's a market for everything else to do with marriage, engagement, maternity etc. :p

tribalista000
06-03-2011, 09:42 AM
Hi! This thread is really timely :) I hope you guys won't mind but I'm gonna be tagging along for a pre-nup and a bestman for my friend's wedding and I also have a couple of questions.

Would you guys rather shoot HP5 or Neopan for a wedding? Also, as far as my set up goes, I have an Olympus OM1 with a 50mm 1.8 and a Vivitar 75-205 3.8, as well as a Minolta SRT-100B, Rokkor 28mm, 2.8 and hopefully by the end of August a 100mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, and a 24mm 2.8, would those do?

George Nova Scotia
06-03-2011, 10:39 AM
Since in Britain two out of three marriages end in divorce I wonder if there's an untapped market for divorce photography because there's a market for everything else to do with marriage, engagement, maternity etc. :p

Here's one attempt to capture that market http://www.weddingringcoffin.com/index.php :)

BetterSense
06-03-2011, 10:41 AM
Would you guys rather shoot HP5 or Neopan for a wedding?

Neopan if it's bright out, HP5 if you plan on shooting in dark conditions. I find that Neopan looks very nice with generous exposure and HP5 pushes better.

Last time I shot a freebie wedding I used a brace of OMs.

BrianL
06-03-2011, 11:01 AM
I've done a couple for friends and used my Bronica ETRS along with my Leica CL. The ETRS is used for portraits and where the noise would not be intrusive. The CL got used for where the Bronica could be noticed due to the sound and for candids, alter shots, etc. Barely noticable and quiet and with the 40 and 90mm lenses a very good wedding camera for my shooting style.

Also, I used the 35mm back on the Bronica as much as the 120 backs. At some point friendships have to be balanced against costs. The results were excellent when using the 35mm back on it. When I thought the shot may go beyond the 8x10 I slapped on the 120 back but mostly used the 35mm back.

Diapositivo
06-03-2011, 11:23 AM
Since in Britain two out of three marriages end in divorce I wonder if there's an untapped market for divorce photography because there's a market for everything else to do with marriage, engagement, maternity etc. :p

Although people do not tend to formally celebrate divorce (I understand) it seems that people who is in the habit of getting married usually tend to marry again (imagine that). So in itself the possibility of divorcing almost doubles the market.

When a couple of cheapskates comes in your studio and wants to save money, draw their attention on the irrationality of saving on something that will outlast the marriage (the photographic album) and spending too much on something that will invariably end up in shit within less than two days. Not to mention a dress which will not be used any more.

You have to say that to the bride, obviously. If a man gets married it's obvious he got out of his mind already*.

Fabrizio

* You know that. Just look around you. If things go well, fine. If things don't work, she'll get the children, she'll retain the house and most of his wage. He'll have to pay a rent (to rent a room) with what he has been left. He might have to continue to pay her a monthly check even if she marries again (at least in Italy). I tell you if you get married you must be insane :sick:
Spend in your preferred hobby instead. It will never betray you :)

BrianL
06-03-2011, 09:27 PM
Hmmm.... A marketing idea for wedding photogrpahers. With every wedding album inlcude a 1/2 off certificate for a divorce cerimony shoot.

olleorama
06-07-2011, 02:22 PM
I shot my first wedding a few weeks ago. I used a mamiya super 23 mostly. With a lot of flash in various light modifiers. Only shot portraits and some rather posed scenes. Used 5 rolls, 40 photos. 400H and acros.

ArtTwisted
06-07-2011, 02:59 PM
Ideally I would like to shoot with two TLR's , as 35mm with long zoom in case, and a 4x5 for posed formals. Right now though im at 1 TLR, two 35mm SLRs and a digi body.

Gerald C Koch
06-07-2011, 03:21 PM
If you wish to keep your friends as friends then strongly suggest to them that they hire a professional wedding photographer. Professionals have the experience, nerves and thick skin to deal with all those people associated with a wedding. There is not enough gold in Fort Knox to tempt me to do any more weddings.

archer
06-08-2011, 12:53 AM
Dear Jerry;
I have never been in such agreement with a post in my life!!! I always remember the caution that the "Wedding Photographer" is the first to be criticized and the last to get paid.
Denise Libby

prado333
06-08-2011, 11:22 AM
my equipment:
Canon 1ds body, canon 5dmark II body, 17-40mm,24-70mm,70-200mm,20mm,24mm tilt and shift, 85mm
3 flash 580ex , 40gb memory cards , reflector portable black and silver , tripod, battery portable tugsten light .
lowepro super trekker pro .

martinez
06-08-2011, 12:19 PM
I've had pretty good luck with:
8x10 deardorff - 8x10 and 5x7 backs, a bunch of holders, a jumbo film changing tent
hasselblad with 80 and 160 mm lenses and a couple of extra backs
nikon fe2 loaded with kodak tmax100, a nikon f3/t with hp5 and an assortment of lenses.

I like the large format for after-the-ceremony firing squad stuff (line them up and shoot them). If I have a chance I'll set up lights and backdrop and do pictures of guests who want to be photographed. Once I've processed the big negatives (pryo, in trays, by inspection rather than time and temp) I deliver either as contact prints on silver (lodima in amidol) or palladium (strathmore or rives bfk watercolor paper)
I've tried a 4x5 press camera and been unhappy with results.
Occasionally, I contact print the 6x6 negatives, but for the most I crop them pretty heavily. I print the 35 mm negatives on ilford fiber base full-frame (with the verification boarder).

I think as long as the bride and groom have a very clear understanding of what you're planning on delivering and your general aesthetic things go way smoother. I don't do photography for a living. I have a lot of respect for those who do.

benjiboy
06-18-2011, 01:31 PM
After myself being married to the same woman for forty seven years, I realize why at the ceremony the bride wears white and the groom black ;)

spacer
06-18-2011, 04:48 PM
I've taken photos at two weddings, and one was my own (rimshot).

A friend of mine, back in the late '90s, knew I'd just recently started enjoying photography and invited me to be the "candid" photographer at his wedding, while the pro did his thing. He'd take the fancy posed shots, and I'd be right there to capture (for instance) the bride's expression when they were finally able to relax. While he was arranging family members and guests for group portraits, I was roaming the crowd catching what was going on... wedding street photography style. In fact, I think I was the only one who managed to get a shot of the cake before a friend of the bride unwittingly cut herself a piece and started chowing down... and I got a shot of the bride dressing her down as well.
I really enjoyed the relative freedom, and the ability to be a part of the party compared to the pro, and there wasn't a whole lot of pressure on me to produce technically superior photos, either.

It felt good, though, to discover that most of the photos that ended up in their wedding scrapbook were mine, taken with a lowly Canon EOS Rebel X. (see... I eventually got to the point!)

The marriage lasted about a year. :whistling: