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Essential Backup for Wedding Photographers

Essential Backup for Wedding Photographers

Do not take chances.

Photographers venturing into the wedding arena and brides looking for photographers, please be aware - backup for wedding photographers. The unknown truth in the wedding photographer industry is that our equipment can malfunction. In extreme cases, memory cards can also fail hence corrupt your entire wedding photos. Each camera's shutter has a limited life span. Do not take chances.

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backup for wedding cards

Our Backup plan.

1. Backup for wedding day - Camera. Every wedding we attend, there will be at least 3 camera. In most cases, you only see me with 2, with the 3rd/4th either in my bag or locked up in my car.

2.Backup for wedding day - Lenses. Although I do not have 2 lenses of the same, I do have spare lenses for the type of photos I do. For example, I have a 24-70L USM as a backup for my 24LII and 35L. I have a 85LII as a backup for 70-200LII for bridal portrait sessions.

backup for wedding dual slots
backup for wedding dual slots

3. Backup for wedding day - Photos. When we click the shutter capturing an essential moment of your wedding, the single moment in recorded into TWO memory cards (This is where some photographers fails). Normally, one huge card stays in the camera for the whole day. During the middle of the day, I tend to switch one of the cards with a fresh one and keep the used somewhere safe. When I get home, one set is being recorded into my computer. This is not the end......

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backup for wedding disks

4. Backup Photos - Postprocessing.  Sometimes, people think that it's safe once you copied your photos into your computer and that's it! No. For us, when it is being copied into our computer, it is again recorded into TWO Seperate Harddisks (RAID system). Oh yes, hard disk can fail as well. Once I ensure that the photos are copied into the harddisks, I can safely reuse those cards for my next event. We have not taken a new steps where we upload our RAW photos into an online cloud service hence storing your photos at a different location other than our work office, making sure that a fire at our place dont ruin all the hard work.

##** PS: I have since upgraded to a NAS system by Synology 1513+ which can sustain 2 HDD failure at any single point in time but still retain my data.

An example of free cloud service that I use is "Dropbox".

5. Backup - After delivery. Once the photos have been delivered to our clients, these photos are keen in 2 seperate hard disks for archive.

To conclude, please do not take chance. No one single backup plan is bullet proof. We try our very best to ensure that the photos are not lost due to any mechanical failure. Things can still happen. The very least you know that your photographer has a solid backup plan keep you free from any worries.

PS: I bring a spare set of pants, shirt and shoes to wedding. I had my pants split once due to my ninja move taking photo. :)

Update, 27/08/2014 : I have now move all my photo storage into a Synology Disk station, 1813+ which offers a ability to accept 2 hard disks failure at any single point in time without data lost. Gone with the wires and separate disks. I am however keeping one of the disk for an offsite backup. Works great on my iMac.

Scott

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rings / Engagement Rings

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rings / Engagement Rings

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wedding rings photo

Wedding rings are items that the stay with you (physically) after the wedding. It's a reminder that you are married. It is at least for me. I feel proud seeing the ring on my finger. Although this article is targeted for "my brides" on wedding rings, the information here is sufficient for engagement rings as well.

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macro wedding rings

Being a wedding photographer, getting photos of the wedding rings is part of the must-take photos for all weddings. Making the rings look good is an art that I love creating.  I have a dedicated marco L lens just to photograph the rings. This allows me to capture all the details. Before choosing your wedding rings and setting aside a budget for the ring, here's a few pointers before you shop for the rings.

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best wedding rings metal

Which Metal - Rings come in different metals. The most common metals are yellow gold and white gold. In some countries, platinum rings are gaining it's popularity as an alternative form of modern silver. Platinum is the least reactive metal however it is the most expensive. Gold on the other hand retain it's resale value (not that you are planning to sell).

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adelaide wedding rings stone

Which Stone - If you decide to havesome stones on your ring, diamonds, sapphires, man-made cubic zirconia are some stones that are commonly used. The most exotic stones are the pink diamonds. The most popular stone used in wedding rings will be the Diamonds. If you decide to get a diamond, make sure you understand the 5 Cs (Carat, Cut, Clarity, Colour, Certificate).

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wedding ring

Which Design - For brides, you might want to consider getting a wedding ring that compliment your engagement ring. Often, the wedding band of the groom is thick. In the wedding bands section, jewellers like to have near identical wedding rings design with 2 different ring sizes.

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adelaide wedding ring photo

Which Shop - Shop around for the design/stone that you like, taking into account of budget of course. Some people may tend to shop in the local jewellery shop(for ready made designs), while others like to get their rings directly from the jewellers (for custom made designs). Some may even go to the extend of getting their rings from overseas.

adelaide beautiful wedding ring
adelaide beautiful wedding ring

Preparing the rings for photographers - Lots of retailers in Adelaide are able to wash/clean your rings. You might want to consider cleaning your engagement rings before your wedding. (Sidetrack: my macro lens is sharp enough to capture the dust particles on your rings.) 

Scott

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Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Dresses

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Dresses

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Dresses | Scott Goh Photography

Wedding Dresses are what I believe to be the most important factor for brides in their wedding. It is every bride's dream of wearing their perfect wedding dress just like the fairy-tale Cinderella since young. Hence, it is my task as the wedding photographer to capture the moments of the wedding dress. Getting the details of the dress and making it GLOW!

PS: Not many photographers do this in South Australia and I know that I am the first few to have this in my checklist.

People hire or purchase wedding dresses and the price ranges from a few hundreds to thousands of dollars. They range from custom made to high-end branded designer made.

Asian weddings always have their traditional wedding dresses which can be seen in the local  vietnamese and chinese communities. Asian weddings can be slightly different where the bride will change into a few different wedding dresses during the reception.

I would like to list a few major brands and suppliers of wedding dresses in South Australia. I have heard of brides buying their dresses off ebay. I am also aware that there is a huge second-hand market for those branded expensive wedding dresses.

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wedding dresses
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wedding dresses 9
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wedding dresses 5

Reading - Dresses Style

During my research on wedding dresses I found a few very useful links:

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wedding dresses 8
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wedding dresses 4

Shopping - Shops and Brands in Adelaide, South Australia.

  • DK Fabrics (105 Port Rd Hindmarsh SA 5007)
  • Amanda Cooper Designs, (08) 8398 4800
  • Alexis George (219 Unley Road (opp. Metro Shopping Centre), MALVERN SA 5061)
  • Le Chateau Blanc Coure
  • Jenny & Gerry's Bridal House, (Level 1/54-58 Payneham Road, Stepney SA 5069)
  • Glamour Room (part of Jenny & Gerry)
  • Spurling Adelaide (132 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000)
  • Bridal On Pulteney (32/422-440 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000)
  • The Ultimate Bride (Shop 4 & 5, 1520 Main South Road, STURT SA 5047, Australia (Opposite the Flagstaff Hotel & next to Ultimate Occasions)
  • Wilfredo Mazo Designs (Shop 2, 196 Marion Road, WEST RICHMOND SA 5033, Australia)
  • Ultimate Occassions (Shop 3, 1520 Main South Road, STURT SA 5047, Australia (Opposite the Flagstaff Hotel & next to The Ultimate Bride)
  • Maggie Sottero / Sottero and Midgley
  • ebay (I have ebay here as an online store, I heard of people purchasing off ebay but the quality and workmanship is not guaranteed. Giving you another budget option. It's a good place for second-hand dresses)
  • Traditional Vietnamese wedding dresses, Ao Dai Vinh (online store i found)
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wedding dresses 7

Happy searching and may your Cinderalla dream comes true. I hope this blog post will be useful for your planning.

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(Disclaimer: We do not receive any $/benefit from providing the list nor have any business relationship nor made any purchases from them. Do search and make purchase with care and caution.)

Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

1. ENGAGE  WEDDING PLANNER/S

To save cost on wedding, get someone close to you whose good at organising things. Perhaps a mother or your bridesmaid. Share the load with more than 1 person. Tasked John for the flower, Mary for the cars and Bob for the reception.

On your wedding day, you will be able to divert all communications from wedding suppliers to this/these person. You need to ENJOY the day and it's lessen your stress.

2. PLAN OUT YOUR WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE

In fact, all weddings I have been are very well-planned.

Share the schedule with families and friends who are helping out. Make sure that the florist, videographer, photographer etc knows where they will be at the schedule time. If they need to contact someone during the day, divert them to the wedding planner.

If your venue is in a place with limited car parking spaces, get your guest to arrive earlier than your "usual" time.

Always plan for the wet weather. Bring umbrella during winter season and water during summer.

After my last discussion with my clients, I always print out the itinerary of the day.

3. PLAN FOR THINGS TO TAKE WAY LONGER THAN YOU THINK THEY WILL

Allow time for congratulating and well-wishes from friends and families after the ceremony. Enjoy the moment. Do not rush.

Allow some time to rest. It's a tiring long day.

Allow time for travelling and looking for a park. Cater for traffic conjestion.

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wedding
4. PLAN FOR FAMILY PHOTOS

Make a list and get someone (maybe brother/sister) who knows the families to get them ready for the photos.

Always starts with a big group as its easier to get people to leave.

Consider starting with elderly. They may need chairs.

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wedding 01
5. BE FLEXIBLE

Photo locations - Prioritised your photo shoots locations from the must-have to the least. This ensure that you will surely have the photos at the beach (that you must have). You might be running out of time for the last location at the hill (which is the least you like) and that's should be ok.

Bride can be late and this is a fact. Do not stress if you are running late.

Lastly, ENJOY your day.

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wedding fun

10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers

10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers

Here's the top 10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers. Enjoy!

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wedding photographers

I am a professional newborn, event and wedding photographerss, a Professional Member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). I like to share a few pointers to couples who first start out planning their wedding. The purpose of this article is to give (you) bride-to-be and/or groom-to-be more information to think about before making their decision on the photographer.

Here are few questions for thoughts...

1. Does the wedding photographer have their ABN?

Running a photography business is just like any other business. Professional wedding photographers would have registered for ABN. Having an ABN does indicate that this photographer is serious and should have been in the business for some time, hence having an ABN. The simplest way to know if a business has an ABN is via their web address. For example, www.scottgohphotography.com.au, having the “.au” indicates that this business has an ABN. An ABN is a requirement to register a web address ending with “.au”

2. Does the wedding photographershave insurances cover for their equipment?

I have seen professionals/semi professional who accidentally drop/damage their camera while on the job. What happens if these photographers demand $ from you as you may be liability to a certain extend for what had happened?

3. What sort of camera equipments are they using? 

I am aware that only professional/amateur photographers know what is good or bad. Personally, I used top grade Canon lenses with top-tiers camera bodies (with equally good backup). I believe all my clients deserve to be in front of my L-series canon lenses for the price that they have paid. L-series lenses are the "Luxury" series normally used by professionals. Of course I am aware that there are other third parties lenses that perform as good as the Canon L-series. If your ceremony is in a church that flashes cannot be used, then the L-series fast lenses may be the only capable lenses to capture your wedding in low light condition. Do you want to pay >$1000 and found that the photographers are only using beginner DSLR with kit lens for your wedding?

PS: Here is the link to my professional equipment.

4. Do they have equally capable camera backup?

Malfunction in camera is rare these days but it can happen. Do you want to risk your wedding with photographers without a solid backup camera? If they do have backup camera, is it as good?

5. Does the camera body have memory card backup function?

I am only familiar with the Canon camera body series. Only the Canon 1d-series and the latest 5D camera bodies have backup facility. With a click on the camera shutter, the photo can be saved in 2 different memory cards. If 1 card is lost, I still have the next. Not only can camera fail, memory cards can fail as well. What is going to happen if your photographer tells you that your wedding photos are lost because the card is corrupted? There is a few ways to prevent this from happening but different photographers are different.

6. Does the wedding photographer offer a backup photographer?

Photographers are not made of machine and we do get ill. So what happens when your only wedding photographer is really sick and are not able to photograph your wedding? Will there be a replacement?

7. Who owns the copyright of the photographs? 

Strictly speaking, the photographers own the copyrights to all the photos that he/she has taken. In the past, it's a common industry practice that photographers do not release these copyrights to clients and you have to pay more to own the copyright for your own usage. But this still exists with some traditional photographers. I believe that wedding moments are yours to keep and yours to share, hence no restriction are put on the photos that client received. Clients are free to distribute them and use it for any purposes. Make sure you ask this question. wedding photographers

8. Watermark/Logo and High resolution images? 

Some wedding photographers (being a businessman who runs a photographic business) are smart enough to label all photos that are given to their clients with the photographer's watermark/logo. Extra payment will be needed to get a copy of the images without their logo. We provide our clients with high resolution images without any watermark/logo.

High resolution is a very subjective issue. Photo resolution differ from camera model to model. Our high resolution images are at least 2000 pixel width. If you really want good size resolution photos. Do check with the wedding photographer what is the resolution given.

9. Colour vs B&W? wedding photographers

I heard from people that their wedding photographers gave them images either in B&W or colours. With a single image, you either receive a B&W or Colour photos (not both).

I believe that clients deserve all the images in both Colour, B&W. We also provide a third set of processed edited which we call "Artistic". Hence, with a single same image, our clients will receive it in Colour, B&W and Artistic style (All processed). You can always convert a colour photo into B&W or artistic. But you can never convert a B&W back into colour.

10. Lastly, Engagement/Pre-wedding Photography?

Test them out. Couples love to show their love to their friends and relatives. Photography is a form of expressing this. This is often mistaken for engagement party photography. Photos from the engagement session can be shown in a slideshow in wedding receptions. It can be printed onto album to showcase it in the reception or canvas printed in the living room. Couples will often learn how to pose together comfortably. By having experiences photographing together before the wedding day helps minimising photography stress during the actual wedding day. Posing in pairs is different to teenager studio photo shoot. Poses are photographer style dependent. It is (always) enjoyable with memories that will last you forever. It's often a way to know your photographer (wedding) and perhaps conclude any strengths and weaknesses of the photographer whom you are entrusting your BIG day to. Yes, can you test the photographer before the big day? wedding photographers

Are you still unsure? It is often worth testing your wedding photographer out in an Engagement session before the actual wedding day.

In conclusion, I hope i have shed some lights in helping you deciding on a good and reliable photographer. Enjoy your hunt for your wedding photographer. By the way, South Australia does have some very good professional photographers!

Cheers, Scott

Member of the Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) [The only international member in South Australia] Accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) 0416500989

(How to) Dance Gangnam Style in Wedding Reception

Gangnam Style in Wedding Reception | Scott Goh Photography Gangnam Style has made it's way topping charts around the world. It's also getting into wedding receptions. If you are the bride, groom or guests attending a coming wedding, do not fear. The article seeks to teach you a few tricks to rock and roll on the dances floor with Gangnam style.

Firstly, let have some background on the Gangam Style. Just in case you are being asked, what the song is all about... Below is a copy from Wikipedia on Gangam Style.

"Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed "class." The term was listed in Time's weekly vocabulary list as a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul's Gangnam district. PSY likened the Gangnam District to Beverly Hills, California, and said in an interview that he intended in a twisted sense of humour by claiming himself to be "Gangnam Style" when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class.

Next, let's have a look at the official PSY youtube video. Take note of his dance steps.

Finally, below is link to a news article containing a pdf (in www.news.com.au) that teaches you how to dance Oppa Gangnam Style. Follow the step-by-step guide and refresh what you learnt from the original YouTube video.

FREE DOWNLOAD: how to dance G-Style (1.6mb PDF)

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wedding photography

It only takes a few tries before you can master these moves. It is easy and catchy! Here's some photos from the last few wedding receptions.

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wedding reception dance 01
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wedding reception dance 06

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How sharp are we?

Of course, as a wedding photographer, sharpness is one of the factors to a good photo. Here's an example of how sharp our photos can be. In any photography courses, you will learnt that composite, rule of 1/3, lighting etc are also keys to a good photo. In this instances, I like to focus on my photo quality, sharpness.

Achieving sharp photos must first start with good quality lenses. This is the sole reason why I use high end quality equipment. You cannot make a poor image quality good but you can make a good quality photo poor.

Sharpness can be quite subjective. I don't pixel-peep. Pixel-peep is a term where photographers go into great details (zooming in) into a photo and see how sharp the photos are. With each of my photo, I know where the focus is locked. During my editing process, I do look for overall sharpness of the focused point/plane. Sharpness can be "adding" via post-processing as well. In the near future, I hope I will have the time to give a tutorial on How to sharpen your image with photoshop.

On the other end, you can also have photos that are too sharp. People want to look best in photo. They want to look good with smooth skin complexion. In this case, sharpness have to be smoothen out with post-processing to get rid of bumps and humps. This is generally the case for fashion/modelling photography.

Outliers: There will be photos that sit outside this technicality. Often, movement on dance floor are captured by dragging of shutter speed to create the feel of motion.

Different camera models will have different megapixel. Hence, sizes of photos from different camera will be different. Camera models can contribute to the sharpness of an image but these days, this is often not the case.

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