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Thursday May 30 2013

No I haven’t forgotten about that wedding.  There are quite a few more photos to show to the massed ranks of BrianMicklethwaitDotCom readers, this time of photographers:

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Amateur and ubiquitous digital photography has transformed wedding photography utterly, but I don’t think it has yet seen off the professionals, provided they learn to keep up.

The fundamental difference between the amateurs and the pros, and I’m guessing this applies to many other things besides photography that I already know about in other parts of my brain, is that whereas amateurs hope they will get lucky with some of their efforts, but can’t guarantee it (especially, with photography, if the weather turns hostile), the pros know how to get good results every time, no matter what.

And even on a perfect day such as this one was, the pros still have an edge, because they are better at handling really bright light, just as they are better at making the best of insufficient light.

With wedding photography, the pros can also spend the time getting to know their customers, getting a feel for what kind of people they are, and in particular finding out which photos are going to be in the must-get-right category.  What you pay for is the certainty (as near as is humanly possible) that a decent number of your wedding snaps will be really good.

And then the rest of us pile in with our amateur efforts, and maybe manage to add a few more snaps to the Greatest Snaps collection, even as that list will still be dominated by the pros.  (I suppose one should add that amateurs are an invaluable back-up in the event that you get seriously unlucky with your pros, even if it’s only because the pros are good pros, but they got seriously unlucky for some appalling freak reason.)

All of which is a preamble to flagging up Mike & Heather, who were the pros on this particular occasion.  You can surely tell from my snaps who Mike and Heather are.  If you are in any doubt, they’re the two in, to name but one, the bottomest, rightest picture above.

As to the quality of the work Mike and Heather did, I can only guess and hope.  Well, more like assume.  But something else that I can be entirely sure that these two very nice people did definitely bring to this party was that they are very nice people, who fitted in well with the rest of us, and in my case, even gave me a few nice little tips.  I recall a wedding where this did not happen.  The pro photographer (there was only one) seemed to regard all of us amateurs as the enemy, and even the guests generally as hardly more than a necessary evil to be either ignored or else shooed out of the way at important photographic moments.  You can see how a pro wedding photographer might come to feel this way, but even so, that’s not what you want, is it?

Everywhere in the technology space at the moment people are realising that “distributed” architectures are superior to “centralised” ones, because they are more robust (anti-fragile). Via technology this is spilling into economics (currency) and sociology.

Brian has very astutely observed the same phenomenon in the wedding photography space. First we saw crowd-sourcing (get the guests to submit their photos), and now we also see the pros doing it by bringing teams of photographers.

Posted by Darren on 31 May 2013

Did you take any of the digital Polaroid in action?

Posted by Simon Gibbs on 31 May 2013

Friends of mine had a very swish wedding a few years ago and employed a pro wedding photographer. He turned up to this stately home wedding in his Standard Issue photographer uniform (hiking trousers, technical footwear, bum bag) with his Leica M8 and proceeded to fail to get a single photo that the couple now have on their wall. They have a photo that I took (admittedly I have done the odd bit of professional photography) along with one by another guest.

Posted by Adam on 01 June 2013

Ha ! I liked the idea of taking photographs of photographers. i must agree that amateurs are pretty good for backup.

Wedding album design

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