June 22nd, 2008
Fatima and Gabriel have contacted me on the advice of Dati (faithful reader of the blog according to him ) To cover their wedding this Saturday, June 21, 08.
We met for the first time to determine the needs of each milestone, which allows good "feel" people and their expectations: No kitsch, no selective desaturation (it's good I think it's atrocious, some the image in color and the other in black and white), full of life with a photo reportage maintaining aesthetic approach.
I always have trouble with the wedding photos some photographers with well-typed images with married head in a wooden frame with inside the frame color and the rest in black and white, extended married in the grass with the bouquet in color and the rest in b / w shots of flash that crush all, blown highlights, the crappy rendered sepia yellow piss ect ...
I arrived Saturday morning at 8 o'clock in the morning hairdresser / makeup to make a full report of the day, I do not see the cover of a marriage otherwise it long past time we tell a story here, with married can "feel" the atmosphere to restore it faithfully is witnessed special moments that we try to capture more than just.
Equipment level I left the big camera bag (CompuTrekker with mac in) that during my last wedding I was more embarrassed than anything else. I opted for my trusty slingshot that allows me quick access to the hardware. In order to better distribute the load and to increase the ability and practicality of all I bought the belt at lowepro.
Level clothes I totally dropped the suit pants and shined molières, I opted for the big fat pants pockets (very convenient to lose its objots small caps and other "stuff") and good shoes light and comfortable hiking.
If you will spend 16 hours a shooter all be dressed accordingly. Another advantage is that people do not take you for a guest and you can charge you more easily.
Well to be honest it was more like a para mission but it has the merit of making people laugh (which is good for portraits and helps break the ice)
Level material: D3, the 16mm 2.8 (the new kid), the 12/24 on 17/55 2.8, the 50 1.4 and 85 1.4, a note that I could do all the reporting on a single battery. The 17/55 has served me for 3 images, 12/24 for group portraits, I may be too used the fish (I of course asked for permission to married before everyone n ' not want to have a good many distorted images) the lack of excitement in my new toy. The 50 and 85 accounted for 80% of my images.
I took my flash that I have used that from 10:40 p.m., the D3 really can work in difficult conditions.
For memory cards I took a risk, I went with two cards with 4 gigabytes in the housing (D3 can insert two cards simultaneously) which allows me a maximum of 620 images in total. Finally the decision has paid off, I spent my day cream to go essentials.
I imported 620 images to remove only 15 (plus duplicates Stripped as images, screen D3 enables true skimming). As usual I worked in RAW, no cropping, I added a bit of contrast in Capture One and exported in JPEG.
I hear a lot of photographers who spend hours behind the screen for this report it will take me 60 minutes to make my settings and my machine has 30 minutes to export the images as jpeg format. The white balance is very faithful to the D3 I hardly had to adjust. Some images deserve some corrections but it will upon request of the couple.
An example of before and after (so just a little more contrast)
I chose to share with you 135 images, this is too much, but it is representative of this story 16 hours. Share 10 good pictures of a wedding is in my opinion quite easy in life it is always possible to get some good pictures. Here I want to emphasize the narrative and constant aspect of the work.