I've been to weddings as a guest whereby the couple give me my table shots and i was totally taken back. Some dumbass photoer used a 10-20mm at 15mm to shoot us...we were all distorted like jelly. I dun even try to shoot people at 28mm frame to frame b/c confirm there will be distortion.
There was another wedding dinner where i can distinctly hear a VERY slow shutter. Out of courtesy, i didn't point out that the picture will be completely blur unless he is super zai. ( but i doubt so since he is shooting with one hand and numbering his fingers with another). I never got the pictures for that wedding.
And i think that is really the problem nowadays. We have folks posting all sorts of wonderful picture in the wedding section and impressionable young chaps wanting to emulate them and taking up assignment without even mastering the basics..Ya, it's nice to be arty farty, avant garde or watever photojournalistic style, but pls for godness sake, learn how to shoot simple, factual photos first.
fyi, i shoot at weddings. I started off as a freelancer too, but i never go the arty-farty or journalistic route. I charge $500 per wedding and i sell my photo style as clear, simple and factual. You want arty farty, journalistic or watever, go look for someone else...i seriously cannot shoot a person hand alone nicely or a half face smile or some veil flying around. Give me a table of pple, i arrange them and shoot them clear and distinct. That's what a photographer must at least be able to do. If u can't even get ur camera to expose for the group instead of THE WHITE table cloth, pls go back and re-learn ur basics.
anyway, fyi, the flash is NOT recognizing the table as the subject. the while cloth reflects a LOT of light. So the dumb camera assume the entire scene is well -lit. Camera is dumb. Photographers are not...
or are they???