Digital for weddings.......

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nonamegiven, Aug 20, 2003.

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    nonamegiven Guest

    Is there a big advantage, or any advantage, to shooting digital only for weddings?
    nonamegiven, Aug 20, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Advantage is almost instant results.
    Paul Heslop, Aug 20, 2003
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  3. I wrote:
    having just shot my first digital wedding (actually used both film and
    digital), the instantaneous feedback is great and got me more wedding
    bookings but ..... I was always afraid of losing the images(used a 1 gig
    microdrive), the post wedding work with digital takes way, way
    longer(you think you can fix anything whereas with film, if its junk
    then its junk) - i'm still playing with these shots and haven't sent
    them off to print the proofs yet.
    face it, digital is now but film will survive _ i find I can't get the
    deep blacks I like on film.
    harvey steeves, Aug 20, 2003
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    Chris Hoopes Guest

    I agree.

    1) Instantaneous results - making sure you got the right shot (seeing that
    someone blinked during formals)
    2) Being able to confirm the first shot was good and not having to take
    duplicate shots "just to be sure".
    3) Larger capacity for capturing images - not having to change film (of CF
    cards) as often. I like being able to keep on shooting rather than stopping
    to change film and possibly missing a shot.

    One other item comes to mind as well. When I shoot an event, I carry an
    ImageTank (portable hard drive) and download my CF cards when they get close
    to being full. This way, I know I have a backup copy of the image files. I
    transfer the images to my laptop as soon as possible and verify them to make
    sure I have good copies of the images, and burn a CD. By the end of the
    night, I have three copies of the raw image files. I also don't re-use the
    card while at the event, just to make sure I don't delete anything. The
    files on CF cards don't get deleted until I have my three backups.
    Chris Hoopes, Aug 20, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Yep, though that can be a pain the but too.

    I think if I have anything against using digi and weddings it would be
    with cameras like mine, with all auto settings, if you focus on white
    you get dark images.
    Paul Heslop, Aug 20, 2003
  6. I was at a wedding two weeks ago and the photographer ran out of film
    as soon as the bridesmaids came down the aisle. He had to run back to
    the foyer and tell the bride and her father to wait while he loaded a
    new roll of film. The audience sat awkwardly for about a minute and
    them finally the photographer came back out and the wedding resumed.
    At least he was smart enough to do that instead of missing the moment.

    Certainly, one can run out of memory as well, but given enough storage
    space, it's less likely to happen as frequently and at just the wrong
    moment. I'd also surmise one can change a memory card much faster and
    with less likelyhood of something going wrong than with a roll of
    Aaron J. Ginn, Aug 20, 2003
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    Graham Guest

    I'm no professional photographer, but I would have thought this was an
    almost inexcusable and easily avoidable stuff up?

    Surely even with standard 36 shot 35mm film it isn't that hard to keep
    track of where you are up to, and surely most pros would be using
    equipment which accepts bulk films rolls anyway?
    Graham, Aug 20, 2003
  8. That photographer should not be doing weddings first off, no pro does
    weddings without back up equipment.
    Regardless of how fast you can change a memory card its not fast enough
    when people are walking down the aisle,.....that photographer will have
    ruined that brides wedding forever, lets just hope they got great shots and
    she has a forgiving heart.

    Alot of 35mm AF camera have film advance its really just as fast as loading
    a card.....all this is beside thepoint,....they "F"d up.
    Gregory W. Blank, Aug 20, 2003
  9. It is.
    Yes or two cameras. Which is what I did prior to buying my Bronica
    with changable magazines.
    Gregory W. Blank, Aug 20, 2003
  10. A mess either way, but this way gets the mess over with right away.
    And it doesn't show in the pictures :). But yes, when I'm doing a
    wedding I do try to plan ahead for those moments when I shouldn't need
    a technical time-out.
    I can change a card much faster than a roll of film personally,
    anyway. Always assuming I have it *with* me. But the card is also
    smaller than the roll of film, so it's easier to have with me.
    (compact flash card compared to either 35mm or 120 film).
    David Dyer-Bennet, Aug 20, 2003
  11. Looks that way to me. I've only done weddings as a minor sideline,
    and *I* think to check film level and reload early before key
    Bulk 35mm backs are very rare, I've never seen one actually in use.
    And an awful lot of wedding photographers are using 120 roll film
    rather than 35mm. (What would actually make sense for them was a 70mm
    David Dyer-Bennet, Aug 20, 2003
  12. (nonamegiven) wrote in
    Strange question. In some few years we all shoot digital.

    Whats so special with weddings BTW. Lots of people have
    asked nearly exactly the question you ask. All projects
    where you photo people or animals or other non stationary
    objects, it is good to be able to check the result fast.

    Roland Karlsson, Aug 20, 2003
  13. Basically they are the same as any important assignment
    its the skills of the photographer that will be judged,
    there is a good deal of money that can be made in weddings like anything
    else. But the difference is that with most other types of assigment it not a one time occurance
    where the shots cannot be repeated if needed, wedding budgets range from 5K total
    to 50K total possibly more so it becomes an important issue to brides when they spend the money for
    photography, that the photographer is competant.
    Gregory W. Blank, Aug 20, 2003
  14. OK - I understand - or at least maybe understands :)

    There have been some rather peculiar questions regarding
    "wedding cameras", "wedding software", "wedding etc" here.
    OK - it is important - but the (American IMHO) view that you
    shall have a tool that fits the job, instead of simply
    a good tool - is rather strange sometimes. There do not
    exist any "wedding software".

    Roland Karlsson, Aug 20, 2003
  15. I was at a wedding two weeks ago and the photographer ran out of film
    I carried 2 backs which were ALWAYS loaded and kept track of how much
    was left in each one.
    Randall Ainsworth, Aug 20, 2003
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    George Kerby Guest

    My thoughts exactly.

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    David Grandy Guest

    I shoot medium format weddings and I do it for a variety of reasons. But
    there is a place for a 35mm film or "DSLR" wedding. My work is pretty much
    formal and static. But I have no doubt in my mind that I could throw a 35
    mm camera around and get better candid images with that, than I can with my
    Mamiya Pro-TL. 35 mm systems offer longer, faster (and frequently zoom)
    lenses. Their autofocus and flash TTL designs are a generation - or two -
    more advanced than MF and offer focal plane shutter synch speeds much higher
    than non leaf shutter MF cameras.

    All of this comes back to what the client wants. If they are looking for
    hundreds of proofs then a 35 mm shooter should be their choice. If they
    require fewer proofs but of a higher technical quality, then I'm their guy.
    But one isn't right and the other wrong, it's too meet the needs of the
    David Grandy, Aug 21, 2003
  18. I shoot medium format weddings and I do it for a variety of reasons. But
    My needs when I did wedding photography was to make money. And I
    couldn't do that by selling little prints. Almost everything was on a
    tripod with 2 lights and very few candids. Couldn't sell to many
    16x20s if they had been taken with 35mm.
    Randall Ainsworth, Aug 21, 2003
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    George Kerby Guest

    I agree with most everything you say. However to keep it profitable for the
    shooter, the limitations of the 35mm negative produce very bad images if any
    cropping must be done. All 35mm cropping is "custom" and the shooter pays
    3X-4X the price of a machine "cropped" (masked) negative that can be
    severely "cropped" before showing any similar degradation.
    In addition, the "auto" features you mention are what separate a true
    shooter from a "snapper" who wouldn't know the first thing about guide
    numbers and prefocus zones. Personally, I haven't done a wedding in years,
    but maybe all that auto stuff might be of benefit to my "old" eyes.

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  20. People who want 16x20 wedding shots must have lots of wall
    space in the first place.
    Gregory W. Blank, Aug 21, 2003
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