Should Weddings Ban Smart Phones and Selfie Sticks?

Personally – I say YES!!!!  The wedding is NOT about the attendees, it’s about the two people who are getting married.  I ask myself, what is SO important that you, as the attendee, feel that you must use your phone and a selfie stick to capture the moment – often ruining the shot for the pro photographer that they couple has hire to take the pictures.

wedding-selfie--670x446I saw a great article on this very subject.  It was so popular that it broke their website.  As a result DIY Photography re-posted it.

Many photographers don’t appreciate the fact that wedding guests use their camera and smartphone to take photos during a wedding. This is mostly because those many times interfere with the work of the photographer.

The post below surfaced on Facebook and was massively shared gaining around 4,000 shares and 5,500 likes in the course of three days:

I rarely get this upset, but this has me upset. I don’t want to ever see this happen to our clients photos ever again.

This just has to stop. Over the years it’s become harder and harder to fight the occasional over zealous guest with a camera phone. Now with the invention of the selfie stick it looks like we’re just losing the battle.

Brides and Grooms, please have an unplugged wedding ceremony. Please tell your guests to put their phones away. Please tell them to leave their selfie sticks at home.

Guests, please have respect for the wedding you are attending. Simply put, the Bride and Groom pay a lot for professional photography. You have no right to ruin it for them. Sticking a selfie stick out in the middle of the aisle during a processional in a church is so completely selfish. Think twice, think about your friends and their memories. Just put the phone away and enjoy the day.

In fact the post has become so popular that the photographer had to take it down as it was taking the page’s attention from her wedding photos to a bigger and heated discussion.

We contacted the photographer who agreed to share the post and asked not to be mentioned by name to keep focusing on her work, rather than the facebook status.


Aperture – What is in focus?

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F 2.2 – 1/4000 – ISO 500 | © Joe Randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography

When I teach photography, one of the common questions is that of aperture. It’s a part of a larger subject – exposure. Exposure is the relationship of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We are not going to tackle that in this short post.

The other day I was shooting an event. I saw these 3 sisters and asked them to gather together. If you notice, they are staggered from front to back. I opened up my aperture to f 2.2, which is relatively wide. As such the only thing that will be in focus is what I focused on and anything on that same plane.

I focused in on the sister in the center, resulting that they other two sisters are out of focus. I did this on purpose, for effect. I had plenty of light (speed was 1/4000), so I could have closed my aperture down to 8 or more and had all three girls in focus.


Depth of Field

So, what this photograph illustrates is that the larger the aperture the smaller the focus depth.

If you’re taking pictures of more than one person, you’ll have to either have both people on the same plane or reduce your aperture size.

Hope this helps.

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