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Old Aug 3, 2010, 5:06 PM   #1
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I was a guest at my brother-in-law's wedding yesterday and I took my EOS 50D and three lenses with me. After buying the Sigmalux (50mm f/1.4) recently I found it very difficult to take it off my camera; it is such an amazing lens.

All of these photos were shot with the 50mm wide open (afaik). RAW files quickly edited in ACR and Ps CS5.

This is what I want to do career-wise and I would really appreciate your honest comments & criticism as I have appreciated your advice thus far!











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Old Aug 3, 2010, 5:57 PM   #2
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Photos 2 & 3 are good. The problem with many others is they're crooked without a compelling angle and there isn't enough DOF for both subjects. That's most noticable in the first photo where the woman on the left is in good focus but the woman on the right is not. That's a challenge with wide apertures - when you have multiple subjects, shallow DOF doesn't work well - you need enough dof for both subject.

Also for a shot like the 2nd to last - there's not a great subject - you don't see faces, there's a lot of uninteresting dead space (and that crooked thing again)

In the first shot - it could also benefit from fill flash - the eyes aren't well defined and catch-light would help give them some life.

Keep at it - with more practice you'll get a better feel for having enough DOF for your subjects as well as for when a slanted shot works and when it just seems crooked.
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Thanks for the c&c john, much appreciated.

I slant the camera quite often because I hate "up-and-down" photos as to me it can make them feel boxy and rigid, but I fully understand where you're coming from - I need to practice composing and framing the subject, both in camera and in photoshop when the cropping happens.

I have more to share and will do so tomorrow. Thanks again.
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i think you are off to a great start............... my father got married this year and paid a daft amount for his wedding photographer and honestly all your pictures above were better than the ones he received . 1,2,3,4,6 are great
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Davi, I agree with JohnG on all counts, especially the angle thing. You are good, but remember that these wedding photos are supposed to be straight and composed, and for the most part, showing faces. And as Simon says (no pun intended) you are better than some "pros".

BTW, showing my ignorance, but what is rhe significance of the "knife" strapped to the leg of the gentleman on the pew?
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Thanks again for the kind words guys. I'll bear these pointers in mind when I go to my next wedding, which hopefully will be soon.

Regarding the knife, it is an important part of the traditional Scottish Kilt attire and is called the Sgian Dubh. Incidentally I had one on my own leg!
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Thanks again for the kind words guys. I'll bear these pointers in mind when I go to my next wedding, which hopefully will be soon.

Regarding the knife, it is an important part of the traditional Scottish Kilt attire and is called the Sgian Dubh. Incidentally I had one on my own leg!
Thanks for the info...curiosity can be a real pain sometimes...
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Sgian Dubh is also known as a Scottish Dirk or sock knife

I think you done very with the wedding photo's

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Looks like a nice wedding to be at. I would go for less noise reduction as 2 and 4 look a bit plastic, also the white balance (one thing I hugely struggle with) looks out in these.

I have no issue with photos on a slant for a wedding etc, this is the wedding prior to most recent http://animoto.com/play/0NsKhIyJwi4v...autostart=true (that was only last Thursday and is still being edited) and as you can see I like to put a slant on as well. I sometimes go over the top (probably did on this one if I'm honest).

We have just had guests arrived so will come back later to add some more.
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Thanks Mark - pp was very quick and I definitely have a lot to learn in this area. I've only been using photoshop for a few weeks now and am still getting used doing a lot of work outside of the camera, and I definitely went a bit overboard with the sharpening/noise reduction on some of the photos.
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