(Closed) Silent Photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Yes, a few cameras have this feature, the Canon 40D being one of them. It isn’t a pro, more pro-sumer. You can also get blimps for a camera to quiet them.

Very high-end cameras, like 1D’s, have this feature. Sometimes you have to shoot in live mode though, and I don’t know if your church will allow that or if they think the screen will be too distracting to others even.

It seems like your church is going to be STRICT no matter what. They say, even if a photog has this, there may be “additional photo opportunities.” That probably means they will allow them back in for a few more shots, but not free reign.

Check your contract, but in mine, I am not responsible for church restrictions such as these. I also do not recreate shots. It never looks the same and takes so much time.

I ask brides to really consider what is important to them. If lots of photos of the ceremony are important, they need to move the ceremony. If the ceremony location is important, then I abide by those restrictions, but they won’t have photos. 

It helps to ask your church or ceremony location about restrictions prior to signing their contract.

Post # 4
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You’re going to have to talk to your photographer, my mark II is quiet, but it does click when the shutter goes off. I’m not sure how strict your church is. The above poster is totally correct, most photographers have a clause clients are responsible for church restrictions. You probably want to sit down with the church and then have a discussion with your photographer.

Post # 5
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Talk to your photographer but at this point your stuck!  If you already signed your contract but just now found out about any restrictions and your photographer can’t oblige then too bad.  You could (if you had unlimited $$ I know) find another photographer that has those capabilities.  Our’s did – he shoots video then silently takes ‘still’s’, although we didn’t use it.  Is the venue talking no beep silent or 100% no clicking what so ever silent?  There are ways to to get literally zero sound – no lense click.  That seems riduclous for a wedding – those are for photograhing birds & animals in the amazon and such!  No one will notice.  I shot a wedding recently and was convinced the lense click was so loud in the silent church but in reality – it wasn’t.  Nobody noticed.  But still you don’t want to get in trouble.  Worst sceneario – your photographer gets kicked out mid ceremony.  eak!

Perhaps talk to the photographer then speak again to the church just to get the details straight.  I think that with the ones your allowed -procession, the kiss, and recession you’ll really be fine.  In the end you won’t die upset with not getting a sand ceremony photographed.

Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My D5000 has a setting that will cut the beep.  Obviously, the shutter still makes a tiny bit of noise, but it’s not much.


Is that quote from your venue?  Very odd!  I imagine professionals can handle it.

Post # 7
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If ceremony photos are important to you, you should move your ceremony. Some of these church restrictions are bordering on ridiculous, and that church probably doesn’t allow flash either, which means (unless it’s really well-lit) extra grainy photos, a lot of which will be OOF.

It’s hard enough to find the right photographer for you and your budget as it is, without having to narrow down your search to photographers who shoot with the couple of pro cameras out there that have the no-noise feature.

I would also check with your priest what they mean by “silent” EXACTLY. For example, my flash beeps, but I can shoot without that if I have to, or turn the beep off even. The shutter however makes a soft click noise, which you can’t turn off. It’s just the motion of the shutter making the noise, not sure if you can turn that off completely on any pro SLR.

Post # 8
739 posts
Busy bee

There is only ONE manufacture of cameras that almost silent and that is Leica – they are pretty much the top of line as you can get and most wedding photogs can’t afford to shoot with them, but you may find one out there. They also make blimps as mentioned above that house the camera and is what they use on movie sets for stills.

@kwynn no the 40D cannot be silent. Turning the beep off – most will – but you will still hear the shutter.


Post # 9
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

+1 LB and Pizzuti

@PinkMagnolia: You will have a very, very hard time finding any pro photographer who has a completely silent camera. Most photographers shoot with Nikon and Canon because of the quality and the fact that those lenses and other components are widely available. Neither make silent cameras. The beeping can go, but you can’t change the mechanics of a camera. I agree with LB, the church restrictions are absurd in some places, and I would never give money to a place that told me I couldn’t have photos of the ceremony. If there’s no flash either then you’re paying your photographer a lot of money for a handful of grainy photos. Find out from them what “silent” actually means and let us know – I’ve yet to come across that restriction but it would be nice to know for future reference.

Post # 12
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I shot a wedding at a historic church and they didn’t want to hear the shutter sound, either. It was mostly b/c the reverend had had one bad experience with an all-over-the-place photog and that experience had soured him forever. We were a little worried but told him we’d try our hardest not to shoot during silent moments of prayer and things like that. And we didn’t; after the ceremony he admitted he hadn’t noticed us at all.

I would talk to the church. It sucks, but it is their prerogative to set rules as to what can/can’t be done in services on their property, so see if you can’t work with them in that regard.

Post # 13
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ugh that sucks. Im sorry but that is ridiculous to me!

Post # 14
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@PinkMagnolia: no flash and silent? Change venues. To even have a shot at pictures that are the right exposure, a photog will need to turn the ISO waaaaay up (causing lots of noise and grain that can only partially be fixed, especially at really high ISO) and use really “fast” lenses – meaning super shallow depth of field, and possibly a tripod (though those are often not allowed, either, and really limit you composition-wise since they take time to maneuver, etc).


Post # 16
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I think you may be ok, they just don’t want something obnoxious.

I had a 40D and the silent mode is a gimmick.  It only works in live view mode which is useless for a wedding photographer and it still makes some sound.  There is really no way around the sound of the movement of the shutter whether it’s electronic or mechanical.

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