I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: owning a DSLR only makes you a DSLR owner, not a photographer. So quit pretending like one and let the professionals do their job.
I was recently in a friend’s wedding this past weekend. One of the things that annoyed me the most was the fact that there were so many people who brought their DSLR to the event and pretended to be the photographer. Look, you were invited to the church and/or the ceremony because the couple thought your presence was valuable; they thought it would be an honor for them for you to show up and support their marriage. They didn’t invite you because they thought you have an expensive camera with or without a kit lens that could help out on taking pictures of the event. For your information, they’d already taken care of that part by hiring the professionals.
All you’re doing is actually hindering the real photographer from doing their job. You need to freaking move! You’re in the way. As a photographer (not saying I’m a pro by any means), I know how annoying it really gets when I’m posing everyone while you’re in my back “stealing” the shot/pose. And then when it comes time for me to take the photo, everyone’s looking at you instead. Why do you feel the strong need to volunteer to take everyone’s photos? I know it’s not like you’re going to go home, do some extensive post-processing, and then upload the pictures somewhere. At most they’d end up on your personal Facebook, which pretty much murders your pictures’ quality. At the least, those JPG files will reside in your memory card for a very long time, and then either get deleted, or moved to your hard drive and never see the light again.
When I was at the church for my friends’ wedding, there was this “uncle Bob” who kept on moving around with his D700, SB-800 and 70-200mm f2.8 VR. Look, we know you dropped the big bucks to buy your gear. But I feel that you should just sit your ass down and respect the venue. I’m no church goer, but I’m sure these people don’t appreciate the fact that you’re literally up in everyone’s grill taking photo while flashing your flash like it’s a rave. Oh, and you almost knocked over one of the vases that were part of the decoration. That apparently didn’t stop you from bobbling around. Oh, and you, the guy standing right in the middle of the hall recording the event with your P&S… why do you feel the need to record all of this? You’re blocking the view, and your hands are shaking, and you’re blocking the professional videographer. You sir, you also need to sit your ass down and chill.
I’ll admit that I did bring my own camera, but it was for my own personal candid shots. You know, the bleep-bloops and behind-the-scenes. I was nowhere near the professional nor stepping on his toes. I made sure I was there to enjoy the moments, and to support my friends’ marriage 100% mentally and physically.
So, if you’re one of those people who bring your camera to a wedding, or any other events, please make sure to get out of the damn way. Make sure you’re there to enjoy the event, be in the moments. Put your camera away, or leave it at home altogether, and let the professionals do their job.