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#31 chrisby



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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE(..::*Miss_Jen*::.. @ Jan 24 2010, 02:43 PM) View Post

I'm getting my brother to do our photography as he takes really great photos and has been trying to get his own business up and running, so it works out for both of us -

Not trying to change your mind, but please just think about this....
what if your brother was to completely stuff up the photos and none of them turn out. Trust me it happens so often
anyway, would you be able to forgive your brother?

if so, go for it, if not then hire a pro rather than jeopardize your relationship with your brother.

#32 Zoe Nguyen

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:29 PM

QUOTE(I Am Nae @ Jan 23 2010, 11:22 PM) View Post

This is such a fantastic idea. I looked into the local TAFE where our wedding will be however this idea wasnt possible.

We decided to cancel our wedding photographer as our wedding went over budget and we couldn't make any more cut backs on what we already had (we are having a very small wedding). I asked to friends who do wedding photography if they would do ours (ceremony and a couple pics) and they agreed free of charge however, this has now changed and they have backed out saying that cant justify doing it unpaid (good friends, huh?).

Anyway, I do photography and have decided I'm just going to be taking my own pictures and using a tripod for our couple moments. For the ceremony I'll get a friend to take pictures for us using my camera.

First of all, congratulation !!!

As mentioned earlier, my parter is a photographer (his hobbyist for such a long time). Would you mind if I ask where is your wedding place ? Hopefully if it is close-by, we can help and in return we can build his portfolio.

My ant and uncle they asked friends to take pictures for them (we are now nagging them to dress up in her gown and take pictures for them again). It is lovely, and they did not regret it, since it is within their budget and they intended to spend money on honeymoon instead. However, it is nice to have your photos printed in large print with high quality ( high res camera) - as someone mentioned in previous post. Not to mention, it is an extreme condition for a camera not to over explode when taking pictures of black suite and white dress, under low light, and to catch the "special moment" without blurring it.

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#33 Shrubber



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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:54 PM

<Not a bride> However, one of my Mums workmates daughters got a bunch of disposible cameras, and put them on the table for everyone to take photos with, not to sure how much the developed film cost, however overall they were really happy with the resaults I think (or at least my mum was saying).

A few suggestions:
1st Option:
You can hire a student photographer, show them exactly what you like, we're usually more then happy / humbled biggrin.gif. Most passionate students will know all about the camera and natural light, so 'recreating' professional shots shouldn't be to hard (at least what I've found for potraits) for them. Write down a list of all "The shots" you want or take them yourself. Most students will be more then happy to have the experience of shooting weddings, infact one of the best wedding photographers Joe Buissink, shot his first weddings for free! If you don't have very high expectations. Ask them to possibly shoot it in raw, that way if they stuff up, you can easily correct them (download a trial demo of lightroom - its just sliders).

2nd option:

Buy a DSLR , they are *REALLY* cheap now days. For the internet price of $500, you can get a 500D [canon], for $800, you cna get a 50D, for $1300 you can get a 7D which is what alot professionals use, and is the highest quality 1.6x cropping camera that cannon make, then purchase a 1.8 50mm prime lens ($100), a tripod and a remote. If you put it on apature priority mode with the 50mm lens (or manual if you're feeling more bold) and turn the setting to 1.8, you'll get really lovely photos that most of your friends can just pick up the camera and take photos. Its even better with manual setting as anyone can just point and shoot it provided your in the same location and its not cloudy. You can take all of the group shots you want with the camera mounted on a tripod and a remote. As for the church, get someone that you know well to sit in the front row and take the photos for you, 1.8 apature priority, there should be no need for the flash, and the camera should handle itself quite well (I always use manual but a friend uses a prority and they arnt' bad). As for reception, hire a background stand a head light kit ($80), and stick the camera on a tripod. Provided you don't have 'that kleptomaiac cousin', you can just get people to take the photos themselves at anytime they want to. Okay its alot to orginize but you can keep the camera afterwoods XD

Packages: Okay, so, with the DVD you can cover alot of the costs yourself. The camera house I go to has 25c 6x4", 85c 6x8", and $4.95 8x12" prints and on wednesdays they offer a free upgrade to platnim (which is DEFINATLY worth it, the quality is hire then many professional things I've seem). As for albums... I'm not having much luck finding one for the bride that I'm taking pictures for, however, photobooks are definatly an option, http://www.blurb.com/ someone recomended me that sight, prices are reasonable, however not tested out..., also for DVDs with slide show, most windows based laptops should come already packaged with microsoft dvd maker. I use that for putting stuff together for relitives, its very easy to use, and it zooms in and out with music for the photos. That takes an hour of your time at most tongue.gif

Hope these suggestions help! I'm taking photographs for my friend so I'm very new to this too... but don't dismiss students, often they are very obliging and more then happy to recive work rather then "Just another number/ bride". smile.gif

#34 chrisby



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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:24 PM

Seriously you have no idea what you are talking about.
You think software and a camera make the photos? You care completely dismissing the fact that it's the photographer who takes the photos.

You can give me the best kitchen and ingredients and i still can't cook like a professional chef!

Shoot in RAW?? Hoe many brides know how to work with a raw converter?
50mm 1.8, tripod & remote. I have never used a remote on a wedding, last time I used a tripod was when I shot in a wedding in an underground crypt and the 50mm is used maybe for 5% of the shots.

I have nothing against people hiring students or someone starting out if that's all the budget affords, but even then they should have some idea.
Please don't provide incorrect information, maybe wait until you have a few weddings under your belt

camera gear is irrelevant, talent and experience is everything.

#35 paksty



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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:51 PM

Hi everyone!
Have you ever thought you can find a professional photographer to cover your wedding for free or little money. I mean real pro. I'm talking about those photographers who are new to Australia and do not have local experience, but do have wedding photography backgrounds. They might be interested in shooting your wedding in order to get local experience and I believe their images will be better than photos made by guests or students.
The only inconvenience for you is they may not speak perfect English. smile.gif

#36 bronzilla



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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:40 AM

having a great photographer is a no brainer - not negotiable. They know the angles, the shots and the moments to capture. Being an "outsider" means they're firm, focused and aren't as swayed as family members are to capture certain people.

our photographer offered a great option where we got getting ready/ceremony/location bridal party shots and mock cake cuttng - she's currently enhancing/cropping/editing and then she'll present them all on a disc for us to do what we want - books, cards, canvases... she has kindly pointed out local companies who she uses that we can go to without having to pay her for the service!
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#37 Cole29*



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#38 AliC



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Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:13 AM

A good professional photographer is really important. I know a lot of people who said the only thing they regret about their wedding was the photographer - some used family friends or family and others tried to do it cheaply. However, an expensive photographer does not guarantee great results and as long as you are happy with the photographer's style and the albums they produce it does not matter if they are cheaper than other photographers.

I think you need to be really careful if you are using family or friends - you don't want to lose someone close to you if it turns out badly. It is like using family or friends for anything - professional detachment is a good thing for both of you. Good luck with your decision and I am sure your wedding and photos will be beautiful.

#39 KateSmith



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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE(miss_e @ Jan 15 2010, 02:04 PM) View Post

You all have very valid points. And i have decided...

To have pro pics!! biggrin.gif

I have spent the whole day thinking about it and even tho the cost of the photogropher will be more then everything else put together, i want the memories and i want to make sure there done. I dont want to rely on family and friends who will get distracted on the day.

I am cutting costs everywhere so i think we can comfortably affored a decent photogropher (even if all pics are on disk, i can then take my time getting them printed and enlarged etc)

Thanks for all the help -has made my decision alot easier.

I just found out about a competition to win a $2,500 wedding photography package. Might be worth a look. It was at www.iridescentweddings.com.au/blog

Hope it helps.


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