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#1 mekbou


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 06:34 AM

I volunteer to shoot my friend's wedding who trusted me for this task since i was the only photographer, the wedding was on the beach with limited family members. I was nervous and excited in the same time. The bride and the groom were very happy with the pictures which I posted some of them in here. For the shoot I used Nikon D600, Nikon 50 mm, and Tamron 2.8/ 20-70 mm vr. I would love to hear your critiques and advice, thank you.

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:31 AM

Some nice creativity!  The only suggestion would be a little fill flash or a reflector to minimize the shadows.



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 10:38 AM

thank you for the feedback, for the fill light I used the window light to have some shadow in her right side ( I like it)

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 06:19 PM

very nice.  I liked the last shot of them with the off camera flash!  was the flash on manual or on ettl?

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 08:07 PM

Thank you, the flash was on manual mode about 1/8 of the power (iso 800) using yongnuo wireless trigger just after the sunset.  

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 07:49 AM

They are some real nice shots, I agree with using a little fill flash. Also the picture with the bride in front of the window, if possible change the pose or photoshop the window out as it takes away from the subject.
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Posted 13 February 2015 - 03:16 PM

First wedding?!  You found your calling!  These are great, and very creative.  Weddings are tough, and fast paced and having time to think outside the box can be tough!  You pulled these off, and they must be thrilled!

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 10:49 PM

Yup you are a natural!

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

The couple on the beach is a fine piece of story telling. The parallel lines leading my eyes, and the couple into the future. Well done




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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:17 AM

Thank you Samantha and everyone else, your encouragement means a lot to me. 

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:27 PM


First off, you did a very good job.  I've done a few weddings back in my film days, and I found it a very stressful undertaking.

You asked for "critique," so please take this in the spirit intended.

Photo #1: I like the shot, but the phantom hands are a little odd to me.  It has me wondering who those hands belong to.  As part of a story, it probably makes more sense, because there's likely a wider shot showing the mom (or whoever) adjusting the hair.  As for the shot itself, the chair rail on the wall is protruding from her head.  A change in angle, or DoF might have reduced this distraction.

Photo #2: I like the concept, but feel like it's about halfway there.  If the information is available, maybe bring down the highlights so we can see the background. I feel the bride is underexposed, and would like to see her better illuminated, or, conversely, in full silhouette.  Alternatively, bringing up the overall exposure to properly expose the bride and blow out the background might work.

Photo #3: The lighting is good, but the bride's expression seems a bit uncomfortable.  The hand position seems fidgety.  The window is a bit distracting.  You might try a tighter crop, just below the elbows to eliminate the hands and possibly remove the edges of the window.  Reducing the DoF to blur out that window, or repositioning to eliminate the window might improve the focus on the subject.

Photo #4: Good lighting.  Composition is interesting.  The expression on her face to me seems like a "what in the hell are you doing up there?"  I don't know that  you did not, but take multiple shots at a time to get variations on expression.

Photo #5: I like this one a lot.  You might try cropping a bit, pulling the bottom right corner up just below her flowers and the right of her back/veil.

Photo #6: The walk on the beach is very nice.  It seems like it might need a tiny bit of exposure increase.  I know it's nitpicky, but I don't like the tattoo in a wedding shot.

Photo #7: I like this one.  If I had to make any critique, it would be repositioning the veil just a bit.  A thicker area of the veil is obscuring the brides eye.  This shot might also work well in B&W.

Photo #8: I really like the concept.  I think I'd like to see a little more of the couple; maybe a low powered fill flash from the font.  Also, the things hanging over their heads are a bit distracting, but I don't know that you could do anything about that.

For a first wedding, you did a phenomenal job.  I wish my first wedding had turned out this well.


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:34 PM

I really liked these photos! Very nice for your first wedding! I think maybe for the third picture, maybe if you had her in front of the window or if you got a little closer to her and blurred the window out, the window, it looks distracting. All the other ones are really nice! Especially 4,6,8. Amazing job! I hope to be lucky enough to do weddings in the future. Bride and Groom are very lucky to have such beautiful photos!

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:00 AM

First I want to thanks DGPhotos for the deep thoughts and critiques which i found really helpful to learn from. And thank you FayeMarti for your encouragement. Looking at these pictures, I which I can change the poses, the lighting and compositions. But as you all know wedding is really though and challenging, the room when I took those pics was small and crowded with furniture which I had to move around to take the shots. Time was also limited and fast since the bride was little bit late ( a lot time for make up and preparation, less time to pose). Overall, the couple were pleased and happy about the long lasting memories. Thanks

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