As some of you know my blog is always, at least, two days behind. It is like the slow sibling you have that always takes just a few minutes to “get” everything. 😉 I am totally kidding – all my siblings are super smart…. :S
Anyway, a few days ago I posted the following image on my IM Facebook Page along with another photography group page. I anticipated a few likes, a few comments, and at least a few, “this is dumb”s. What I did not expect is the savage and insane posting, re-posting, and blogging of it. Within 24 hours one of the re-posts had over 800 shares and it was on several photography blogs. Since, I have received an almost constant flow of emails, messages, and comments (both negative and positive) about this comparison.
I have found myself repeating things over and over again and getting absolutely no work done. Hence, this blog post. It will either answer your questions, make you love me, or make you hate me. I am OK with any of the above and don’t be afraid to share what it did for you. 🙂
How These Images Came to Be
The image on the left was shot by yours truly. The image on the right was shot by my assistant (not second shooter, not bride’s mother). Her job at this wedding was to train my intern but I gave her the extra camera and told her to shoot away while I didn’t need her. She should have MORE camera and photography knowledge than your average guest.
I did the post processing on both images. I wanted both pictures but the second one was so dark I couldn’t recover much and it is actually focused on the guests, not the couple. I spent more time on the second one than the first.
Note: I do want everyone to know that I am not tearing apart my assistant’s work. As I stated before, this was actually her idea, her plan. She is an incredible, beautiful, crazy talented girl and I love her to pieces.
The Same Equipment
Yes, same equipment. Many people seem to be convinced that I am fudging the truth because apparently, fabricating stories to circle the internet is what I live for. 😉 But, I know they were shot with the same camera bodies because both of them are mine. I know they were edited with the same programs because I enhanced them. … It must be strange to realize someone is truthful. 😀 The lenses are similar lenses. One was shot with a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 the other with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4. I included a screen shot of the shooting metadata below for the skeptics.
This is a big one and I understand why. We decided to add it because she had the equipment to trigger the OCF but decided that she liked the look better without it. So, same lighting stayed because we were in the same room with the same lighting equipment thus had the same lighting advantages/disadvantages.
Only Feet Apart
Again I seem to be a compulsive liar! I am working on it. 😉
Some of you are convinced I was on the other side of the room where apparently the lighting was better and therefore this set of photos is null and void. But look for the speaker in both images, there should be two in the second one. Now find the lovely blonde girl standing in front of/next to the speaker in the second picture; she is on the far right side. Now find her in the first one; she is on the left hand side. You only have to take about 6 steps to get that change. Don’t believe me? Put a chair in the middle of the room, stand so the door is its right side. Now, move to your left until the door is on the left side of the chair… takes about six steps; unless you have little baby steps or giant yeti steps.
These images were shot within 5 seconds of each other. I actually chose these images because of that. We weren’t always shooting at the same time and when we were it wasn’t of the same thing. So, finding good examples limited my choices and I wanted them to be as close as possible. The photo on the right was actually shot before the photo on the left. By the time my camera fired (a whopping 4 seconds later) the groom had finished taking that step thus turning him and his bride a little more.
And again for the skeptics – the time capture metadata.
I am a good photographer. But I, like everyone on the planet, still have room for improvement. Doing something like this might make me appear as a terrible, arrogant shlub. However, the purpose was not to build myself up. The purpose was to educate. When this assistant started working for me she wanted to start a vs book. A book where we could show people the difference, not to smash others but to help them know why we are worth it, explain that to others, and feel confident in their decision. But, we never got around to making a book. I decided that we would do an online series instead. And even with all the drama this has hashed up I still do intend on finishing that series. But, this time I will spell experience correctly. Who knew there are no ‘A’s in experience!!?
A lot of people are unsure about why you hire professional photographer when they have the same equipment you do. It is like this in every industry. How many times have you or your kids or your husband or your best friend decided to cut their own hair. Sure sometimes it comes out OK and sometimes even great but are you going to cut new bangs yourself the day before your wedding? That was the point we are trying to make. I strongly encourage our brides and grooms to let their friends and family take pictures during the wedding. It doesn’t bother me and often creates cool effects and great moments for me to capture.
I do not feel threatened by people with cameras. I have some of the most incredible clients on the planet. Really, you should meet them; you would love them too. And I don’t need or want to allow myself to worry about what might happen if my neighbor buys a camera and starts shooting weddings. But, I do want to educate my clients – current and future. I want them to have a visual representation of what I am trying to accomplish for them and continue to help them feel as confident as possible in their decision to work with me.
A large part of the constant flow of messages I am getting are coming from people who are standing up for my images, this post, and me in general. I am so grateful for that and for these people. They are incredible. And they are the reason I love my job. However, please don’t stress yourself out over the things that are being said. Please don’t let people annoy you. No matter what you love or who you admire there is hate club for them. I am not claiming to be one of them, I am just not exempt. That is OK. I have my own opinions so I guess I have to allow everyone else to have one as well.
You keep asking how I am doing and how I am handling this. Honestly, I am fine. I learned how to spell experience so it is molding me into a better … grammerer…? 😉 Plus, I have pretty thick skin. Well, sometimes my husband looks at me mean and I burst into tears and sometimes my dad hollers near me and I sob like a two year old… but those are completely different issues. 😉