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My First Wedding Video Shoot

So here I am with another blog and I'm actually surprised with myself on how I handled my first wedding shoot.  Mind you I didn't take photos for it but video.  It was a great learning experience and found out first hand that nothing goes as you plan.  But that is life and you have to be flexible with how the cards falls and learn how to pick it up.  My first fault was making assumptions which now I know not to do especially during events, always prepare for the worst.  I assumed that the groom would be in the same hotel getting ready and that did not happen at all.  So I drove over to the location where the event would be taking place and got some shots over there of the groom getting ready and drove back to the hotel and got the girls getting ready.  Then drove back to the event location and waited for both the bride and groom.  If it wasn't for my friend Cari who came to help me out and give me moral support I don't think I could of done it as well if she wasn't there.  I 100% owe her a nice dinner to say thank you! Any who I ended up being there for about 2:30pm? to about 10:30-11? so it was a full day of recording and being on my toes and getting enough b-roll to tell a nice story. I was shooting with my Canon 80D and also had my drone.  The lenses I used throughout the night was my 18-135mm Canon STM, 10-22mm USM, and 50mm f/1.4.  I think these did the job for me.  Only complaint on myself is getting faster lenses or just lenses that are fixed aperture so I didn't have to consistently change the F-Stop to adjust for me zooming in and out to get the right shots.  But you live and learn and go with the punches.  Make the gear work for you instead of you working for the gear.

Overall I was very happy with the end result and the clients were very happy which is 99.99% of what matters in this type of service.  

If you interested in watching the 1 min video I made for social media, Link is down below!

YOUTUBE

Tips on Photography

I'm not going to call myself an expert on Street Photography, but I looked up ALOT of articles and blogs on how to update my photography game.  One of the main sources I read up/watched was Eric Kim Photography. He recently deleted his IG so I can't put a link to the stuff he posts but he does have a Youtube Channel which he updates irregularly. He has lots of information about life in general and about photography.  

TIP #1

Take your time.  I was using my film camera for majority of my trip in Korea and I would carry 2-3 rolls of film per day trying to take in the environment around me and kind of slow down to take photos.  I got some great photos, in my opinion, and got to meet some dope people too.  But just slowing down and looking through the view finder and getting a good composition almost fishing for the image you want is kind of part of it.  Almost zen like.  This photo I got just while waiting for family members to finish their errands and just happened to be a good photo.  I just saw a cool little area and then a couple started walking by the area playing around.  It looked so natural and empty like they were in their own little world.

TIP #2

Just SHOOT.  More you get comfortable with using your gear, the more confident you will be taking photos.  You don't have to be concerned with others when taking photos in a public place.  If you get confronted then just talk to them like they are regular people instead of just ignoring them and walking away.  Majority of the time people like their photos taken and sometimes after taking one photo you can ask the person if it is ok to take their photo and majority of the time they will say yes.

This next photo I took on the subway. Compositionally I thought was cool cause it had a young man in the military looking at his phone trying to be "connected" as much as possible to the outside world while he is serving his country.  And next to him you see a older man possibly same age as his father maybe? and on the other side a women that could be same age as his mother.  They are not related I know for sure since I saw them enter and leave different stations without any conversation or acknowledgment of each other.  But this was couple stops under exposed and I wished it wasn't but that is on me.  I need to shoot more to get used to variety of situations and understanding my camera gear and lighting.

TIP #3 

Teach someone.  Teaching I believe is the best way to learn your craft.  If you know someone who is wanting to get into photography or any other craft that you share. Help them along by showing them what you know.  Don't be an a$$ and brag about what you know and correct them every single time they mess up or about to mess up.  When they have questions they will ask and you can point out cool photo opportunities that you see with your eyes to them while you take photos.  This creates a great community and allows you to enforce what you know verbally and physically.  

I met up with a friend who is way creative and does awesome drawing.  Hopefully she will pick up photography too since she was way curious on analog cameras.  I showed her how to use the camera and let her take rein.  Compositionally the photos she took was awesome! When she had questions she asked and it reinforced my understanding of the craft while helping someone else learn something new.

That is all for today and hopefully you guys got some inspiration from this to go out and shoot and share your knowledge with others!

See you guys next time!