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Backyard Wedding as an “Uncle Bob” – How We Shot It

By Matthew Saville on May 6th 2013

The Photo

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The Equipment and Settings

The Shooting Conditions

Whenever I am a guest at a wedding, I try to sit back, relax, and usually bring a minimal amount of gear.  As a full-time wedding photographer I guess I know all too well how annoying a bothersome “uncle bob” can be.  So if I’m playing the part of “uncle bob”, I have two goals as a photographer-slash-wedding guest:

  1. Stay out of the paid photographer’s way.  Yes, I may wander around during the ceremony and look for nice angles from which to shoot creatively, however I always keep out of the way and let them do their job.
  2. Don’t distract the couple.  During the designated portrait time, as well as during any important moments of the day, I let the paid pro do their thing.  They know what they want during the cake cutting, first dance, and where the couple’s attention should be.

I guess this kinda sounds like a preachy soapbox to all the other uncle bobs out there, but it’s not meant to be.  I’m also interested in my own enjoyment of the day, which is a difficult task when you’re a camera geek.  It is hard to resist the temptation to crawl all over the place and shoot photos of everything and everybody.  So, I just keep telling myself that my real hobby isn’t people photography, it’s landscape photography, so I should sit back and relax!

Often times, when you sit back and relax, you actually wind up getting some of your favorite images, or finding a unique perspective on the day that nobody else may have seen…

The Post-Processing

For this image, I used the SLR Lounge Preset system’s vintage fade “Mixology” presets, with a slight amount of fine tuning to the overall exposure which was originally a little bright.  Here is a standard-processed image using the SLR Lounge Preset System’s “Soft Portrait” preset, and then the “Warm Vintage Fade” preset.

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(I’m sure that many people will like one or the other, so we’re posting both!)

Take care, and happy clicking,
=Matthew Saville=

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

Follow his personal wilderness adventures: Astro-Landscapes.com

See some of his latest wedding photography featured on: LinandJirsa.com

Q&A Discussions

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  1. ZACHARIDESIGN

    Interesting shot. But none the less it looks great :)

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  2. James Moxley

    That’s awesome Matthew, I really like the warm vintage preset you used for the second photo. I can relate to being an Uncle Bob, last year we went on my Sister’s wedding cruise, I kept asking the photographers what aperture they were using, I was given the role of MC so it kept me occupied, I felt like a smoker who needed their fix for the day.

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