My Wedding Experience:
I'm not so sure I'm cut out for weddings. Even though I didn't have a typical experience shooting a wedding, I'm just not sure I'm wedding material. I'm so terrible with my flash, that my photos are grainy, OOF, and have motion blur. I bet the photographer is really kicking herself by asking me to second shoot with her. I haven't delivered all the files to her, but she has up until the reception, and I'm sure she's not pleased.
I'm really disappointed in myself, and the bride. She was an hour late to the church, so that really cut our shooting time out. We only got one pose outside due to rain, and I got zero formal shots in the church because I was holding the light. I kind of feel like I wasted my time and gas money to get there. I'm disappointed in myself, because I thought I was better than that. I can't believe how grainy/noisy the images are. I was under the impression that the MkIII was able to handle noise like a dream, but that's not been my experience. I'm trying to decide if I should be looking at my shooting, or if I should send the camera in to be looked at.
I'm in a serious rut at the moment, and I'm not sure how to get out of it.
Awww... don't beat yourself up Stephanie! Can you share some of the photos here? I would like to see, I am sure they are gorgeous!
For me wedding sucks big time! I've done 4 (well the last one was a casual civil ceremony). But they have been close friends except for two. And I make sure they know the level of workmanship they'll receive from me. This is why I would NEVER be a wedding photographer, too much work... lol.
I am not seeing any noise issue with my Mark3. Where did you purchase it? It should still be under warranty. I would definitely get that checked out if you are getting noise issues.
Also, if you want me to test mine at conditions where you are getting the high noise issue, maybe I can replicate with mine (with no noiseware) and see if I am getting the same result.
El, you are awesome! I will see what I can do with sharing. I may put them private on Flickr and provide a link. Maybe we can do some comparing via pm until I can share them.
Sometimes I will swear up and down its the camera, but other times I'm convinced that its me. I just can't make up my mind which it is. Sometimes I will just tell myself that I need to work harder at making sure I'm nailing things. But I will say that I literally can't get an in focus image if I'm 1/250 or under. It HAS to be higher. I must have shaky hands. And then there are times where I'm wondering if I'm touching the focus ring as I'm taking the picture. I need to pay attention to what I'm doing and see if that's part of the issue.
No problem. You can PM me anytime. I forget, where did you buy the camera? Was it thru B&H or Adorama?
Steph, I'm sure your shots are better than you thought, and I'm sure the photographer is happy to have had you for a second. Don't sell yourself so short.
I don't have much to say about the camera -- although a friend of mine has returned THREE Nikon D7000s in a row because they've all had sensor problems out of the factory, and once Nikon worked on them, they were fine -- as to why she's had three, one was stolen and she always has two cameras, for some reason. But anyway, all that to say, certainly things can be a problem out of the box.
But on the noise front, I did want to say -- and I'm sure you know this much already -- that although I find even the 60D awesome with noise, it is NOT awesome at handling noise if I'm under-exposed even 1/3rd of a stop. The more under-exposed I am, the more noise shows up. So that's just something to bear in mind.
I'm sorry you are struggling, Steph. I say get the camera checked out. The MkIII is supposed to be a champ at high ISOs. If it's not performing, have it checked while you are still under warranty.
Hang in there!
I agree with Gigi about getting the camera checked out. I am not sure what Best Buy can do, but I know if you have bought from Adorama or B&H they have a grace period of returning and exchanging. But I am sure if you send it to Canon I am sure they can check it all out.
I would just send it in to Canon Steph! I am sure you rocked it and you are just struggling. Weddings are HARD work. I have shot four I think- all for friends and family who know my photography and know I am not a wedding photographer. It is so much harder than it ever seemed. I get way over worked. It's not worth it without a good payment! I would love to see some! I bet you are being too hard on yourself!