Tips needed: First photog shootout

I'm very excited that I was able to secure a spot for a local SoCal Photog Bride/Groom shootout at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach on August 30.  Do you ladies have any tips for me?  This will be my first shootout and while I'm so excited I'm also nervous too.  What gear should I bring?  Should I rent a speedlight (don't have one yet).  What should I wear? 


Any advice is very much appreciated!

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 5:42 am
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What's a shootout?  Pardon my ignorance :)

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 6:46 am
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They may be called different things but this is through a photography networking group and they "stage" weddings with models dressed up in bride & groom attire, etc. so that you have the opportunity to practice photographing a "wedding" without the stress of it being real.  They put you into groups and each group has so much time to shoot.  It's a great learning experience and something I need!

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 6:54 am
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i saw that, but i didn't want to pay, haha!


i would recommend a 70-200....because of the groups, you can't stand up front with a prime lens...sometimes it's required...and if they're going to have time for evening/dark shots, then definitely get a flash....

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:02 am
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Hmmm, I typically hate these scenarios. We are working on one for our PUG group in October and I am specifically setting up so there will be no more than 6 photographers for each vignette (bride, model, couple).  I rarely get any good work I can use from these. I hope you didn't pay too much!


Like Jackieg said, a zoom would be good. I'd also pack a wider zoom on a second body if you can.That way you don't have to switch lenses - just cameras.

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:34 am
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Right on as usual Shari....I was at a workshop in L.A. A couple mos ago...it was pretty informative, but I don't really love the shots I got from it...and we even got special permission to shoot at Greystone mansion....but anyway....at first no One wanted to get in there or be first directing the models...then it got almost competitive with poeple trying to get shots...it was not my bag, as Austin Powers says...thank goodness I didn't have to pay...And it was a pretty expensive workshop!
Posted on August 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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Wow, thanks for the positive advice.

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 4:21 am
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easy there.....you asked for advice....just letting you know what could/might happen so you'll know what to expect since it's your first time....maybe you'll have a different experience...at any rate...you will need a long lens or you won't get many good shots.  it's also good for networking and meeting other area photogs...you never know when someone might need help!

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 4:53 am
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Everything I was going to say has been said lol. Shoot outs have their good and bad qualities. I attended one and it so pushy and competitive. Not my thing. Get ready to throw some elbows and/or have some elbows thrown at you. Def get a long lens. And they are good with networking - it never hurts to meet new people :)

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 7:22 am
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I've never done something like this, but I think it sounds fun and it will be a good experience... if you don't like it, you don't have to ever do it again!!  At least you can say you tried it!  :)  Have fun!!!

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:25 am
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Sounds like the problems can be prevented if the organizer arranges individual times with the model, as oppose to let everyone shooting at the same time.  Maybe it's something you can mention to the organizer/host in the beginning?

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

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