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| p.1 #6 · A.S. Am I ready? edition... |
Honestly having some second thoughts about that.... any C&C, suggested goals/projects, things to read, etc would be appreciated. (thanks though )
I think you are fine. The best experience is to just get out there and do an actual wedding or two or ten or twenty.
I was in your shoes about two months ago. I just started putting myself out there this year, and have now assisted/seconded for 4 weddings with 6 more in the books for this season (perhaps I was a bit lucky in my very 1st year to get this many opportunities). The best way to learn is to get out there and shoot and THEN ask the pro you are working for to give you feedback afterwards. I was VERY lucky to shoot for an awesome photog that actually Skyped with me and did screen share and went through EVERY single photo I delivered to them and gave me feedback, not just on the photos, but the scenarios/lighting/everything involved. Clearly that is out of the ordinary but you never know, you just need to find a helpful, friendly pro to work for. That can be the hardest part of all this. I can go through my photos from my first four weddings, and I can literally SEE myself improving every single one. It may just be little adjustments here and there, but they add up. Small things like when the couple is dancing, always shoot their 'open' side, or staying out of the line of sight of the primary, or straightening the boutineer of the groom.
Also, I see that you said one of your 'projects' is to slap on a 35mm lens and shoot. From what I've gathered in my few short outings, is that (not always) a primary might prefer you to put on a longer lens 70-200, 85, 135, etc... and work on capturing reactions/emotions/etc...
Perhaps this is just the 3 particular photogs I have worked for, but just giving my 2 cents.
Most importantly, keep shooting