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Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding Photojournalism
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Copyright: Rabani HMA (Rabani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 0 N: 259] (977)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-27
Categories: Event
Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 AF XR Di-II LD IF
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 20:23
Viewed: 1794
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Abby Mae got married yesterday, in an Adventist church in Tamparuli, a small rural town about 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. It must have had been the wedding of the year for that district. With over a dozen photographers covering that event, shooting space was a premium. And not just that.

The issue with covering a major wedding is that, the event tends to have a huge numbers of photographers, pretty much just all over the place, getting into your composition. While other non wedding events could be forgiven, getting other photographers into your composition in a wedding, is not a good thing. The idea is to get only wedding elements such as the couple and wedding officials and definitely not photographers or anyone covering the event. But nowadays, it is getting unavoidable.

If you are invited to cover a wedding, your first question would be to ask whether you are the only one or part of the ONLY one small team of 2 or 3 photographers. If you are, then go for it. If not, you better consider declining.

A close friend and a student photographer learn well early from his first wedding assignment. He said we weren't shooting the wedding but the wedding event. His meaning was, we were inadvertently shooting the wedding event with the other media hunters and gatherers as well, getting in the shots with the wedding couple.

It is said, knowing when to shoot is just as important as knowing when not to. It's about choices. Then again, there are times, you just don't have that. You better not be in that shoes.

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  • rigz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 82] (1091)
  • [2008-10-27 20:37]

Assalamuallaikum Rabani,

Focusing on the smiling faces was a great idea. It shows that the day is great moments day for the couple. Subject also was nicely captured.

Satu catatan sejarah melalui fotografi telah diabadikan dengan sempurna.

Geoffrey Bin Ramji

I can definitely relate to this situation each time I shoot weddings, too. There are non-official photographers getting in the way that somehow destroy the better composition I wanted to take.

However, you seem to manage your way in capturing the essentials. I learned from this post. :)

May I know if you are also an Adventist just me? I come from Adventist University of the Philippines. :)


Hi Rabani,
I understand this dilemma quite well and I guess this is why I have declined a few requests for my services to photograph a wedding. Firstly, I do not believe I have the right equipment for the job and secondly, not all eager non-official photographers at that wedding understand that the official photographer must get right of way. Hence, the ruined photos of the wedding/couple with photographers behind the subject or at its fringes.


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