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Let me make sure you understand something first. I am in no way ripping on the this photographer. I actually would have loved this photo if the eyes were in focus.
But let me explain the title, if you think this is a great photo, it’s not, heres why. It’s very important especially today where everyone has an opinion online to not only comment on what you think is wrong with something but how that person could do it better in the future. I see it way to often these days where someone says, “this photo sucks” “worst photo ever” so on and so forth.
I am tired of those comments because there is no redeeming value. If you are going to rip on something you better do it one in a positive light and two leave some feedback on what they could do to make it better.
That is exactly what happened with this photo. While searching for new photo of the day images I spotted this one thinking it would be a lock for a photo of the day. After taking a closer look I realized that it had one fatal flaw, it was not in focus. To me if an image is not in focus it most likely will not be usable.
But instead of me sitting here and saying this photo is no good I pointed out all of it’s positive attributes. On top of that I also gave some input on what the camera settings could be in the future so that this does not happen again.
As a person who has photographed many weddings I have encountered many things. But I can say that I have not run into an officiant who has asked me to stop taking pictures.
If you have not seen the video of the priest asking the photographers to “please leave” and stop taking pictures it is below. I know many people are waiting for my thoughts on this subject so I thought I would RANT for a quick second.
There are a lot of things to take into consideration here. We don’t know if the priest spoke to the photographers before hand and asked that they not photograph during the ceremony. I have been in situations where the priest or officiant has mentioned that they would prefer no photos be taken during the ceremony. I have also been told where we could take pictures from and I am sure to listen as much as possible. Like I have said in the past, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
We also don’t know how many photos the photographer was taking. We can hear what sounds like him snapping off a bunch of pictures in a row but thats all. With that said did he really need to snap off 10 shots of nothing? When you are shooting a wedding ceremony you have to take the sound of your shutter into account. You can turn on silent mode, you can turn off the focus beep and you can flat out shoot less images. When the kiss is going to happen people tend to start to cheer or clap so snapping off a bunch there usually is ok.
So let me take a side here, I am going to take the photographers side for the time being. I think based on what we see in the video the priest is out of line. The reason I say that is for the fact that this service is not in a church, it is outside. Outdoor weddings tend to be less focused on the religious aspect and are less formal. I could totally be on the priest side if this was in his church and the photographer was up on the alter where they were told not to go.
Look at the bride and grooms faces, they are mortified, they don’t know what to do. Do they step in and say it’s ok or do they let the priest do his thing? They are paying to have the moment captured in stills and video but this priest just stopped everything to reprimand the photographers.
Like I said up above we don’t have all the details, we only have what this video shows us. So it’s very hard to fully take one side or the other though from the video I take the photographers side.
There is a takeaway from this video though. You must be respectful of the people and location you are in. It is a good practice to make sure the bride and groom speak with the officiant before the event to ask if they have any restrictions on photography. Make sure not to motor drive or create to much noise during a ceremony. I personally turn off the focus beep even though my shutter already makes enough noise.
In the end we may not know who is in the right here. But I can certainly tell you I am glad it wasn’t me in that situation. The only way we may find out is if this couple finds their way on to the Ellen show. Don’t forget to check out the video below and let me know what you think.
The officiant was not a priest he was an Episcopalian minister.
Autofocus in DSLRs during video recording has come a long way in the last few years. We all know that DSLRs have not caught up to your standard camcorders but that’s all about to change.
There are a few different cameras on the market from different manufactures that have taken that leap to giving you almost camcorder like autofocus. Thanks to BorrowLenses and AllensCamera I was able to get my hands on a Canon 70d to do a full review. The full review is still on its way but I wanted to share some findings from my first video shoot with it.
As you guys know I like to push cameras to their limits when it comes to testing them. Anyone can test a camera in great light and call it fantastic but I like to shoot in poor light and see how the camera really does. So my test was to determine how well the Canon 70d would autofocus in a concert situation.
My friends in the band Silvertide had a show and I made the decision to test the 70d’s capabilities. During soundcheck I was messing with the new touch autofocus where you touch the lcd and it focus right there. I noticed a bunch of guitar picks on top of an amp and thought this would showcase how well this cameras autofocus system works.
I set up on my video mono-pod, strapped the GoPro to my forehead so you could watch me touch the screen and hit record. I was amazed as soon as I touched the pick on the far left followed by the one on the far right. Not only was the focus accurate to where I wanted it to be, it transitioned smoothly and quickly. I was not expecting what I saw but I sure was happy with it.