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Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers Paperback – March 17, 2009
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JACQUELINE TOBIN is the deputy editor of Photo District News. She lives in New York City
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Couple decades ago, wedding photography is boring and very traditional. But now, wedding photography has become very interesting. Thanks to digital photography and new breed of creative photographers. It is interesting to know that documentary/photojournalist style are very popular now and this style has been embraced by many wedding photographer featured in this book, but traditional staged portrait are still there as well.
This book is divided on several chapters which usually represent a stage in a typical European style wedding such as getting ready, ceremony, portrait session, and reception. On each section, about five photographers will tell their approaches.
The book also discusses briefly about business aspect such as marketing, equipments and getting published in magazines.
At the end of the book, each photographers featured get a profile page, highlighting their bio data and gears. Although I find it unnecessary and redundant. I also find that there are many typo especially in the name of photography gears. For example, there is Canon 6D in one of photographer's gear list which might be 5D.
I think that this book is awesome for aspiring wedding photographer that has yet to find their style. For experienced wedding photographers that already find their own style, this book might not be that helpful.
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It just arrived today so I haven't had a chance to try out any of the advice, however I must say it is really laid out beautifully. I love that each photograph has a "recipe" of how it was created. I also enjoy the bios in the back where I can see what each of these photographers uses to shoot their award-winning photos.
This book is a must-have for any wedding photographer or aspiring wedding phototographer!
For me, writing this in 2012 as a digital photographer, the weakness of this book is that many if not most of the photo examples were shot on film (the only reason I give 4 instead of 5 stars). Now, because they provide the exact type of film, we know the ISO used to arrive at the exposure so the examples are still perfectly useful. But I imagine many if not all of the photographers in this book have either jumped in or been dragged into the digital format by now. The book needs a re-fresh from that standpoint only.
The other part that makes me glad I bought this book and the thing that keeps me going back to it is the "Up Close & Personal" section on pages 104-142. It profiles each of the photographers and lets them sum up in a few words what makes their photography unique. This is important because you have to know who you are as a photographer and what makes your images unique and valuable. They list their gear and what they cannot leave home without. It has been helpful to me in weighing decisions on which lenses to invest in. And at $1800+ a pop, be honest, don't you want to just go up and peek in their camera bags? Well with this book you get that AND they explain why it's in there.
Conclusion: Good-excellent photo examples to inspire and teach you. Detailed technical information that has real applicable value, not just a curiosity. Some good tips on the business of wedding photos, though not ground-breaking and you may already know if you are currently finding success in your own photos. Excellent one on one time at the back of the book where you get to poke around in the photographers gear bag. You should buy the book. I'm glad I own it and I will but an updated version if they ever produce that.