A second photographer? (vent!)

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 2
2914 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I would tell your dad that if he is set on this camera he should rent it and pick it up himself. Strange! 

Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Why on earth does he think this picture needs taking with a large format camera? Is he planning to enlarge the image to billboard size? 

Is there any reason why he thinks your friend is incapable of capturing this one shot? Only with a full-frame professional digital camera I can’t really see why not. Sure, large format is wonderful but in these circumstances it has the makings of a nightmare to arrange.  It’d be different if your wedding is going to be shot with a Canon Rebel (please tell me it isn’t!!). 

I guess only you know how much drama is going to occur if you say this is a non-runner and explain why. On the other hand, if your father is prepared to pay a second photographer to come in and take ONE shot, would it be the easier option?

Post # 5
5545 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m not sure I exactly understand what the other camera is for, but unless he wants to make a life sized print, any photographer worth their salt takes pictures at a high enough resolution for any size wall print. I think unless he is paying for and setting up this thing he wants for ONE picture, this needs to be an issue where you say “too much already, we will get the photographer to take the picture you want, with the camera they have.”

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It all just seems silly. BUT maybe there is a reason he want’s the picture this way. Do you know his reasons behind it?

Post # 9
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

TaraPants:  It sounds as if the OP’s father simply doesn’t understand the options available today.

He is harking back to when he had the HUGE print of him and his wife taken. Which, from the sound of it was been done on a large format studio camera. But nowadays, any full-frame professional digital camera can take a picture that’s quite big enough to enlarge to the size he proposes. 

Post # 10
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t know, it might be costly to get a photographer to come to you for just 1 picture.

Post # 11
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

renwoman:  I would give him some information on the resolution that your friend shoots with and the quality of the prints available from it. I’m sure that you can search and find a decent reference to send your father so that he understands that your friend is more than capable of handling the quality of image he desires.

Post # 12
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

renwoman:  I’m not someone who usually advocates untruthfulness but this may be one of those occasions where a certain “economy” could help! If he’s not from LA, he won’t know where or how to hire a photographer that’d be prepared to bring along a large format camera for one picture. Also, it’s rare that photographers are very keen to work with other photographers present. Unless in the formal role of first and second shooter. So that might be another way out. 

You could also present him with a print out of the sort of technical article that explains the enlargement capacity of professional digital SLR cameras. From which he’ll see that what he wants is entirely possible if shot digitally.

Post # 13
53 posts
Worker bee

On top of being an annoying request, large format cameras aren’t something you can just set on a tripod and press a button. There is quite a bit of technical knowledge needed to use one, it’s not something many film photographers can do, much less someone that’s only worked with digital! I know it’s already off the table, but jeeze, it wasn’t even *possible*.

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