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stewart bywater

Member Since 11 Apr 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 04 2009 10:14 PM

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In Topic: Copyright

23 July 2007 - 10:54 PM

I was recently asked to photograph a wedding at which I was also best man. I initially refused to do both, which upset quite a few people, and ended up trying to be a good best man and photographer. There were no photos allowed inside the church, and there were lots of other people taking photos and directing the wedding party in ways which I found highly unacceptable. I tried to ask them to stop, but they would not, and thereby prevented me from taking any good shots outside the church. Being best man, I also did not have time to set up my tripod outside the church.

To be honest, the whole experience was very stressful and unpleasant. I am sure that if I had simply been the photographer and not the best man, it would have been easier, but as it is, I understand why photographers charge a lot for weddings. A lot depends on the results, and there is really a great responsibility to produce the goods.

I doubt that I will ever shoot a wedding again, but if I do, I will charge at least 1000 and take a backup photographer with me.

With regards to reprints, I think that I would include a cd as part of my package, so the wedding party could reprint their own shots. My charge would be a one off, although if they wanted me to do reprints, I would do so at the lowest cost possible.

In Topic: Move To Ban Photography In Public Places

28 February 2007 - 04:23 PM

The prisons are already full, and they don't seem to prosecute the real criminals... ie the violent ones and drug dealers, so what do they do? They make more laws to punish the nice honest people... I thought that the law regarding squatters' rights was a joke, but this takes the cake!

In Topic: Sharing Photos?

23 February 2007 - 12:42 PM

Welcome to The Family! wink.gif

In Topic: Digital Cameras And Night Photos

23 February 2007 - 12:36 PM

It would help if you told us what sort of camera you have. If it has a live LCD preview option, you should experiment with wider apertures (f/1.4 or 2.8 for example) and slower shutter speeds (several seconds, depending on how dark the pub is). You will almost certainly need a tripod for this sort of night shot too, unless you have an especially effective built in vibration reduction system and a steady hand, although you can get table top tripods and beanbags very cheaply.

Good cameras tend not to have 'night modes', as this is just IR imaging, and although it enables you to see in the dark, it very rarely makes natural looking pictures. (Although my Sony DV cam has a night mode, so it is possible that Sony have a Night Mode in their bridge cameras.)

I hope this was some help. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to ask! smile.gif

In Topic: Analogue Pictures

27 December 2006 - 07:44 PM

I have an Epson Perfection 3590 scanner, which has a negative scanning chute on it too. It is quick(ish) and scans at a very high resolution. If you scan in the negatives, you also have more control over the quality and the overall image. I would highly recommend this scanner, and I'm sure that you could pick one up quite cheaply from ebay or amazon.

Add: I'm sorry if you don't need to scan negatives.... I just re read your post. It's good for scanning prints too, but it will have to be one by one.