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How Not to Do Wedding Photography

You’ve probably heard people say that you shouldn’t try to get a cheap photographer for wedding photography. Here’s a good example of why.

Can you point out all the things this wedding photographer is doing wrong? Leave a comment and we’ll get a running list going here.

  • Shooting only the backs of people’s heads
  • Not shooting from different perspectives
  • Getting in peoples way
  • Holding the camera incorrectly
  • His flash is obnoxious and distracting
  • He’s the star of the video being shot
  • Wearing a t-shirt and dressed disrespectfully
  • The 70-200mm lens is dangling dangerously near his ankles

(via The Phoblographer)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Whats wrong with this? I love weddingphotographs taken from everyone’s backs ;)

  • http://twitter.com/simonhucko Simon Hucko

    lol, I think he’s compensating for something with his 70-200L…

  • http://twitter.com/natecroft Nate Croft

    Mostly taking pictures of the wedding parties’ rear ends instead of their faces.

  • http://twitter.com/natecroft Nate Croft

    Mostly taking pictures of the wedding parties’ rear ends instead of their faces.

  • Siebe

    Well, first and foremost, he’s photographing everyone from the back, in stead of the front! Secondly he never takes another standpoint for his camera. No close-up shots, no over shoulder shots, no low camera stand points. And then he’s standing in the way of the couples, etc.

  • Siebe

    Well, first and foremost, he’s photographing everyone from the back, in stead of the front! Secondly he never takes another standpoint for his camera. No close-up shots, no over shoulder shots, no low camera stand points. And then he’s standing in the way of the couples, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    For starters he can’t even hold a camera right! I’m 15, I can hold a camera better than him. I’m sure my 5 year old cousin could hold it better than him.

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    For starters he can’t even hold a camera right! I’m 15, I can hold a camera better than him. I’m sure my 5 year old cousin could hold it better than him.

  • http://twitter.com/timothyburton Tim Burton

    well we assume he’s a wedding ‘tog, maybe he’s just got an art project focusing on the back of peoples heads?

  • http://twitter.com/timothyburton Tim Burton

    well we assume he’s a wedding ‘tog, maybe he’s just got an art project focusing on the back of peoples heads?

  • http://twitter.com/bwsewell Brian Sewell

    I don’t think this guy knows how to be as unnoticeable as possible. Most churches disallow flash photography as well due to the fact that it can be such a nuisance

  • John Frye

    well apart from standing in the video guy’s shot, he hasn’t actually photographed anyone from the front yet…

  • Anonymous

    He’s the star of the video being shot.

  • Jules

    he took all the photo’s from the back !! he had to take another position ..

  • Bortx

    He’s doing all well because nobody will appear with sad or ugly face :)

  • Anonymous

    He also looks to be dressed in a t-shirt.

  • Jose

    He’s dressed like crap

  • http://twitter.com/parkylondon Paul Parkinson

    It’s a long list of photogfail but the lack of respect for the wedding couple by dressing like that and not in a suit and tie is indefensible.

  • Mike

    he might have been the second shooter on that, main shooter at the front of the alter as they came down the aisle

  • Seriesrove

    Yup, he’s taking pictures of the their rear ends; he’s running the flash constantly giving everyone an epileptic fit when they should be enjoying the ceremony; he’s in a tshirt…at a wedding?; he’s intrusive by being in the middle of everything rather than blending into the background.

  • Gybp

    he is an artist! leave him alone! :P

  • Trebolab

    My english is not so good but some things i guess he’s doing wrong are:

    *Take photographs from de back of people.
    *Being soooo visible
    *Starring the wedding, he must stay far from the bride, i can see he has a huge telephoto lens, etc.

  • Sharifaleephotography

    uhm, he looks lazy.. also he’s holding the camera all wrong. :s

  • Gil Vasquez

    just like my friends wedding pics – photog was behind them the whole time. Probably got good shots of the back of their heads….

  • Gil Vasquez

    just like my friends wedding pics – photog was behind them the whole time. Probably got good shots of the back of their heads….

  • Anonymous

    He may be the second shooter – which explains a lot of the mistakes but does not excuse them.

  • Anonymous

    He may be the second shooter – which explains a lot of the mistakes but does not excuse them.

  • http://twitter.com/michiexile michiexile

    Gotta be nice with all those necks in the final photo set…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kiera-Whetton/737975837 Kiera Whetton

    Turn off the lights and you have a disco party with the flash used as a strobe light. I thought I was going to have a seizure just watching it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kiera-Whetton/737975837 Kiera Whetton

    Turn off the lights and you have a disco party with the flash used as a strobe light. I thought I was going to have a seizure just watching it.

  • Mike Page

    He seems a bit overly-equipped. Is all that gear really necessary?

  • http://twitter.com/tramod Travis D

    maybe they wanted pics of the back of everyones heads

  • http://twitter.com/alinaiordache Alina Iordache

    he’s taking photos just from behind…i think they would’ve wanted to see some faces too in the wedding album :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/chungdha Chung Dha Lam

    He just want nice altar can’t really say much from looking at the vids need to pictures to see if he really fucked it up. From the look the altar is very bright might really need a flash to lid up the peoples back. But would not had use a bounce on the flash though would use the cup for much better softer light. Atleast he know that he needs 2 camera’s with seperate lenses and not running around with a single 18-200mm.

  • Mark

    he sucks

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    There seemed to be an abundance of beautiful, soft sunlight but for some reason it looked like an electrical storm. He looked overwhelmed and not prepared with a plan of attack. I go to the rehearsals to get the layout beforehand and I don’t even shoot weddings except personal stuff (I don’t use flash or get in the way of the paid photogs).

  • Bella

    Well, first of all, he went back in the doors where the bride was, presumably delaying her walk down the aisle. And the way he dangled the second camera made me nervous.

  • learningphotog

    1) Photos from behind are fine, in fact I dare say, if you got the ring bearer going up the isle by himself.. would be an excellent shot.. too bad the lady sent the boy, flipped him around too fast and walked right behind him. That would have been one for the album. However, if you have someone covering them from the front then posting a guy at the rear is fine. I think he should have had the doors opened, and he could stand off to the side.

    2) Not only is he not dressed really nice, but he has a lack of respect for his own 70-200 that winds up dangling at darn near his ankles while he works that prime super hard. During that type of shooting – get away from people. and USE YOUR TELEPHOTO! Those are expensive lenses and he doesn’t deserve to be allowed to touch it handling it like that. Why isn’t it at your waist or just above?!?! Its too dangerous to let it bang around like that. Initial thought was to stuff it down his throat.. I’m dying for one of those lenses and there are people out there who mistreat them like this!? EUGH!

    3) Why is he in the wedding!? Why couldn’t he have gotten into the pews – and been taking photos of people as they entered the start of the isle, and just passing him? Why as a photographer… isn’t he realizing he is in the video camera’s view? This isn’t a video about how to photograph a wedding poorly, how to mistreat your camera gear, or how to look like a goof while everyone else is dressed up. This is the guy who gives wedding photographers a horrible name.

    4) Why is he on that stupid short lens!? get WAY far away and zoom in on people! that’s why you paid 2k for it! (This warranted repeating)

    5) Everyone is railing on the flash, but his flash isn’t the only one going off. This leads me to believe he is the second shooter, and dear gods I hope he was. I also hope he was cheap, and only hands over the photos on a disc – so the couple wasn’t out over a thousand dollars for horribly aimed photographs.

    6) However, we also don’t know if he was asked by the couple to stand at that point, but it seems to me, he should have been crouched down like the lady directing the kids between the benches, on the same side as the woman, so she wasn’t in his picturs – and the video camera wasn’t in his, and he was out of the video camera’s way – he could get them all entering, just as they begin to enter the isle on their way in.

    7) He is not over geared, he just isn’t employing his tools like he needs to.. Often times, having two bodies on you with different lenses is faster to change them out when you need a different type of shot – this allows you to just grab the other one, ready to go.

    8) He is letting his expensive gear, dangle between his legs, getting knocked everywhere, and bob forbid if he ever needs to crouch down and get close to the floor – what will become of that lens and body!?

    9) picking apart another photographer though, feels like being part of a tribe of piranha attacking their own kind who is just swimming wrong. I hope he’s a second shooter learning the ropes. I hope the videographer works with them, and shows him the tape.. I hope he learns from these mistakes – and learns how to work better, and take better photos… I hope.. for the best for this guy – but it’s already pretty bad. There is video of him doing it wrong, and people are railing on him. Including me!

  • http://twitter.com/fembassist Jenny

    He has a camera in each hand while trying to take a picture. He has cameras/lenses swinging below his knees that either could hit a child or get damaged themselves. Using flash when he could have used a better lens that takes pics in low light. Should have set himself up in the back row out of the video camera angle to get those pics from the front.

  • Noiseybeverage

    Notice all the flashes when he is not taking a photo… obviously he is a second shooter that wont get a good reference. Be invisible and dress as a guest.

  • http://twitter.com/_purpleface Sarah

    Hopefully he’s a beginner & learning. But if he’s an actual experienced wedding photographer then I’m sorry but he’s rubbish. I certainly wouldn’t have him at my wedding. He’s in the way all the time. Wedding photographers are supposed to blend into the background, to capture the rawness of the moment. If people see a camera pointed right in their face they’ll pose & that’s not what it’s about.

  • Anon

    “picking apart another photographer” — you are really being to generous in referring to him as a “photographer.” Simply because one can push the shutter button doesn’t make them a photographer.

  • Hank

    OMG! Is that Gary Fong?

  • Steve

    This guy is not an experienced photographer, clearly. He’s got the gear and has the concept of what he’s supposed to do figured out. Has a wide angle and a long lens. He has seemingly the right flash gear. But he’s getting in the way of people trying to get down the aisle and as he swaps cameras around he’s flailing totally out of control.

    Camera strap on that long lens is WAAAAY too long. If it was shorter he could use the other one two handed without having to hold it to keep it from flopping around. Besides, sometimes it hangs in such a way that it looks like he’s compensating for something :).

    Yes, underdressed. Definite no no.

    Having said all this, it does make me think about the first wedding I’ll be shooting in a slight amount of terror :). But it does serve well as an anti-pattern. If I don’t do what this guy did I’m pretty far along.

    I’m very curious to see what the shots actually look like though. I mean yeah he lacks in style and clearly should be more out of the way and better dressed. But if the photos are good, that’s the important part.

  • TheFatChick

    He skipped the fat chick.

  • ranger9

    Are you guys kidding? Don’t you realize that’s the world-famous conceptual performance artist/wedding photographer, Eritas? (He’s so famous he only goes by one name, like Platon and Elvis.) He charges at least $100,000 per wedding, and his work is in the permanent collections of several major museums. One of his early wedding albums recently sold at the Basel art auctions for $3.7 million.

    You may think it’s bad that he’s only photographing the backs of heads, but that’s part of his distinctive style. At one celebrity wedding he just photographed everyone’s shoes. At another one he just walked around outside taking pictures of pigeons in the park across the street. At the wedding of one of the Scandinavian royal family he made everyone present strip naked and do the whole ceremony in the nude, and then he burned their clothes. One time he didn’t even show up and just mailed the wedding couple a Google Earth image of the church with his signature scrawled across it (they later turned down an offer of $470,000 for it.)

    He’s known for never talking about his work, but did give one interview for the catalog of his one-man show at the Tate, where he said: “These little people, they’re nothing. Their grubby, conventional, trivial weddings, nothing. It is only I, Eritas, who bring any importance to their silly little occasions, by subjecting them to my perception. I spit on them. I spit on you. Ptui.”

    But the people in the video were really lucky to get him, because I read he’s announced he’s giving up wedding photography and from now on is going to concentrate on shooting Model Mayhem chicks in stripper heels wrapped in caution tape.

  • jamesfoley.co.uk

    I agree with learningphotog. He’s clearly doing many things wrong but hopefully someone will be able to talk him through his mistakes and help him learn from them. Whilst there are many, I’d start with taking a deep breath. Relax, look at the situation and think about what you’re trying to create. Treat the camera like a sniper rifle, not a machine gun! One good shot is worth 10 (or more) of what he was probably faced with in post-production. Still, we all start somewhere…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=70802902 Leigh M. Smith

    TheFatChick: i was totally going to say that, h totally skipped her. This guy us obviously a douche.

    Reminds me a lot of the guy that too one of my friends photos, always in the way and flirting with the brides maids.

    I hope to god he isn’t the second shooter treating the photographers equip like that… i’d beat that kid, i hate people who don’t respect equip/electronics!

    That being said, i hope i don’t f up my first wedding. I’m going to have to fight the June sun on an LA beach :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/rekanize Donovan Rekanize Fannon

    Not really defending, but given the flashes you see in the shot when he’s obviously not shooting (including when he’s not in the rooms) leads me to believe he’s a 2nd shooter.

  • Anonymous

    a lack of skill perhaps…