Post # 1
I was wondering if any of you who do photography know if there are “silent cameras”? “If the camera does not create any noise (such as certain digital cameras), speak with the wedding team before the service begins about additional photo opportunities. A demonstration will be requested.”
Apparently unless my photographer has a silent camera, pictures can only be taken during procession, the kiss, and recession. I’m a bit devastated about this. I know that my Nikon D5000 (while far from a pro camera) makes noise when the shutter snaps. They keep telling me that we can “recreate” photos after the ceremony, but it’s not the same!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
+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 # 10
I absolutely love this church and it’s where I want to get married, but this makes me so upset. I was planning on having two photographers and a videographer.
I don’t understand why the shutter sound is any big deal? They’re putting my photographer on the balcony right next to the organ and I’m pretty sure the photog would be drowned out by the organ.
I haven’t yet signed any contracts with the photographer (the photographer has to sign a church contract before they can contract with me). I just can’t believe my church would do this….
Post # 11
@BeeM It’s free to get married at the church, so no money lost.
Eek there’s no flash photography allowed either! Will all my shots turn out grainy?
Post # 12
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
Ugh that sucks. Im sorry but that is ridiculous to me!
Post # 14
@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 # 15
@crayfish Tripods are probably allowed. The photographer is on a balcony where no one could see that.
We’re pretty religious and it meant a lot for us to get married in a church, but the thought of spending 4k and not getting the photos I want? ugh
Post # 16
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.