I photographed a very good friends wedding this weekend in Orlando. I did it for free since of course I'm not a professional. I worked 6 hours from start to finish and man was I sore. I shot the wedding, reception, group, and bride/groom pictures. It started raining at the end of the ceremony so that wasn't too fun. Then we were supposed to take all these fun outdoor pictures but it was pouring so we had to take a bunch of indoor pictures but the civic center wasn't very pretty so that was a challenge. After everything was over and everyone left it had finally stopped raining so we got to go outside and take some pictures. I got a lot of pictures I'm very happy with and hope they are too when I get them to them. Here are a few of my favorites. What do you ladies think? I'm still learning so I'm taking all of the advice I can get.
These are all SOOC only watermarked, no flash, in manual mode.
This one was taken inside during the rain but I had them stand in front of the sliding glass doors and when they opened I started snapping away. Settings: f4.5, 1/125sec, ISO400
These two were in front of a lake with a fountain the sun was setting and very beautiful. I love how they look like they are glowing. Settings: f5.6, 1/125sec, ISO400
I love the sun flare right where their lips are kissing, almost like magic. Settings: f8, 1/125sec, ISO100
#1. I'm not a fan of how the flash was used in the first shot. Funny...you said you didn't use flash...did you know it was on? You also weren't in manual for that first shot....you were in shutter priority and your exif data is also listing auto ISO. You would have had a much nicer shot if you could have either bounced that flash or exposed for the couple without flash.
#2. A nice moment, but the focus is seriously off. Too bad.
#3. Nice, but I don't like the building in the background. I'd prefer to see the couple much brighter. It would be okay if the background were light enough to make this a silhouette, but as is....the whole photo is just too dark.
Is number 2 completely out of focus? My husband and I have been staring at it and I felt like something was off but couldn't figure it out, it seems like her hair is out of focus but their faces aren't. I have several other shoots just like this maybe I have a better one I will look and post if I do tomorrow.
Do you think a tighter crop would work better for the third one?
Stephita, I would love to see #1 with some editing. Perhaps play with the curves, increase contrast, and clone out the yellow sign in the background?
The sunflare is cool, for sure.
On #2, it does look out of focus, which is too bad!
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1. Ya, this one needs some editing and it might work.
2. I agree, it's OOF. Sorry.
3. I like the sunflare, but I agree with Amber- it's too dark. Play with it some more and see what you can do. I like the crop where the building is out.
Ditto previous CC, although I would call #2 blurry rather than OOF. It looks like motion blur to me.
Is that the veil over the groom in #1? hard to tell, kind of odd. Also there is a road sign back there behind the bride.
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