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    Where are all the wedding photographers?

    Hello all, hope I caught the attention of the correct photographers.
    After having done many "hey you are a photographer, can you shoot my wedding" shoots I am giving serious consideration to entering that market.
    In my area (New Jersey) most wedding photographers are one man or woman shows. So frankly there are not a lot of options in working for somebody else in an apprenticeship type relationship. So I am well equipped, I use Mamiya RZ67 Pro II cameras. In studio work I use White Lightenings monolights.
    My questions are simple, are there any wedding photographers in the NJ area who'd like to take on an apprentice? In lieu of that are there any wedding photographers who could offer some insight on lighting equipment for the wedding. I see so many variations of on and off camera lights being used. I see many handle Metz strobes mounted on a huge stroboframe over the camera, this usually seems to be mounted to a hassleblad. So my biggest confusion is about the on camera lighting. Is there an industry standard?

    thanks for any input or advice.

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    Well, I have been out of the wedding business for a number of years, but when I did that, I shot between 300 and 400 weddings...so here goes:

    I don't think there is an 'industry standard' for branding of on-camera lighting - but to be effective you should consider the following: even lighting over slightly larger area than the lens field of view, powerful enough to give a quide number of 160 with 160 speed film at full power for large groups in big churches and halls, then you get a guide number of 110 at half power for most of the work (conserves battery charge) and at half power should have a re-cycle time of under 3 seconds. Brackets are somewhat of a challenge - the best place for the light for candid weddings is in line directly above the camera lens approx 12 to 18 inches above. This throws the shadows down behind the subjects more or less out of sight. You can add roundness to the lighting by using a sidelight assistant (adds to your cost, though) triggerred by a radio slave.

    Wedding photography is a specialized business and there are some things to learn besides photography - contracts, liability, etc. You will need to find a supplier for wedding albums at wholesale prices (usually 50% of retail to the wedding client). You will also need to consider this - contracts can say you are not responsible for unforeseen equipment failures, etc, but courts have held that this does not exempt the photographer from negligence. If you do not carry a spare camera, spare light, extra batteries, synch cords, etc, you will be judged as negligent if there is an equipment failure on the job.

    Pretty much every major city has some studios that are 'wedding mills' - that is they hire 'weekend' photographers to handle some weddings during the busy season. A run through yellow pages can help idendity these - the best opportunity to get a look at the process. You can offer to work as a sidelight assistant on a couple of weddings to get your feet wet.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Bob
    "I always take a camera, That way I never have to say 'Gee, look at that - I wish I had a camera'" -Joe Clark, H.B.S.S.

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    A number of wedding photographers hang out at www.photography-forum.org

    It's a UK site, but there are some Statesiders there too.

    Wedding photography is something I don't think I would *ever* touch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post

    Wedding photography is something I don't think I would *ever* touch!
    Chicken!!!!

    LOL


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    you could try the photowed forum:

    http://www.mycpi.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3277

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    Unfortunately, many wedding photographers have switched to digital. Also, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) (I am a member) is made up largely of wedding, school, and portrait photographers. It may be worth joining and to receive their magazine.

    Good Luck and welcome to APUG.

    Rich
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Parker View Post

    Wedding photography is something I don't think I would *ever* touch!
    Chicken!!!!
    {cluck cluck cluck!}

    Ever hear the term "bridezilla"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    {cluck cluck cluck!}

    Ever hear the term "bridezilla"?
    Heck with hearing it, I have experianced it more than once over the last 20 years!

    LOL


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    I shot around 500 weddings in the 80s using a Metz 60 CTs or something like that. Initially I shot by myself using a couple of Hasselblads. Later I hired an assistant and had them work at about a 45 degree angle from me and trained them to be 15-20 feet away and carry a portable strobe at one stop brighter to create a mainlight while the on camera strobe was the fill.

    Now with better faster film a lot can be done without strobes and shot with 35mm for run and gun stuff. Since it will only be printed to 8x10 it works fine. The stuff that will be printed larger shoot with your 645.

    If you can't find someone to hire you, crash a few weddings and watch what other people use. Get their business cards and check out their work afterwards and see if you like their lighting.

    Michael
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    Ok, so heres me- self important big gun cinematographer, -big gun photographer, 20+ years in the biz, blady baldy blah (in my market, don't get me wrong).

    A friend ask me to shoot his wedding, I didn't really want to, but it makes a good wedding present, so I agree.

    It turned out to be amongst the most challenging work I have ever done.
    Last edited by JBrunner; 11-02-2006 at 05:53 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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