My First Wedding

So yesterday I shot my first wedding as a 2nd shooter. A former co-worker who shoots weddings asked me if I wanted to shoot a wedding with him. My first instinct was to quote Ace Ventura and say, “I don’t do humans,” but I figured what the hell and I would go get some experience. It was a nice little ceremony by a pond in the Boston Public Gardens. The bride and groom couldn’t have been more enjoyable to be around.

I was a little nervous, seeing how I never photographed a wedding. I didn’t know what to expect really. The main photographer and I went over the game plan and how he was going to shoot etc. I stuck with the 70-200 f/2.8 for the entire ceremony. The ceremony was going so fast I didn’t think I would have had the chance to change lenses. I shot in Aperture mode with natural light. The sun was hiding behind some clouds most of the time, but when it popped out, it threw my metering off and left me scrambling.

I came home with about 1,100 shots. Most were blah, some were ok and like 1 or two were wow. Being colorblind I have a hard time with skin tones and whether or not they look overly saturated or god knows what. That is one reason why I’m not really into shooting people etc. I don’t want them to make them look bad because I can’t tell if I ruined their skin etc. I uploaded everything into Lightroom 3 and went to work. I had about 90 photos I liked and decided to do a little extra work to them in Photoshop CS4.

After all is said and done, I can honestly say I enjoyed myself photographing a wedding. Granted it wasn’t a 8 hour shoot but merely a 3 hour one without a reception etc., but I could see myself doing another wedding. I still have a long, long way to go before I become any good at it, but I’m taking the steps to be better and I think that is a good start. We’ll see what the future brings for me.

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