Backyard Wedding as an “Uncle Bob” – How We Shot It
The Equipment and Settings
- Nikon D700
- Tamron 90mm f/2.5 AIS (Adapt-All, manual focus) Macro
- 1/4000 sec @ f/2.5 & ISO 200
- Manual exposure, Manual WB, RAW
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:
- 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.
- 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…
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.
(I’m sure that many people will like one or the other, so we’re posting both!)
Take care, and happy clicking,
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