Derek Pye

Idiots guide to Reportedge™ part 1

on Tuesday, 13 December 2005. Posted in Derek's Tips

I've had a lot of hobbyists asking me to elaborate on the techniques used in Reportedge™ wedding photography so I've decided to answer a few of the most common questions in this guide for idiots. One of the main queries is 'what lens should I use'.
 
Well, there's an old saying in photography "If a picture's not good enough, you were too close " I think Robert Capa said it. He landed on Omaha beach with the allies and realizing he was far too close to the action he immediately jumped back on the boat and legged it. The first thing he did when he got home was buy the biggest piece of glass he could find and the rest, as they say, is history. He spent the best part of his career shooting from the comfort of an armchair. He was a pipe and slippers man from that day on.

There is no such thing as a professional wedding videographer

on Sunday, 11 December 2005. Posted in Derek's Tips

One thing I've learnt in my many years at the top of the wedding game is that the best way to ruin a wedding, the sure fire method to guarantee that you will remember your big day as a tedious event, is to book a videographer. There is no such thing as a professional wedding videographer. They are the most boring, worst dressed, uncreative, shifty, smelly, untalented, self-important misanthropes you could ever have the misfortune to meet. And you've paid for them to come to your wedding! A wedding videographer will be so unsure about what he's doing that he will arrive 6 hours before the event and immediately set up three tripods...

Fat Arms, Sweat Patches and the Disabled.

on Sunday, 05 June 2005. Posted in Derek's Tips

The wedding season has really kicked in now. I had three at the weekend, the wife did one and fortunately I had e-mail from an asylum seeker on Friday asking me to help him get work. I threw him straight in at the deep end, leaving me to relax at the flash one in Catford. I had an excellent time - lovely bit of booze on offer, but I messed up by not grabbing a glass as soon as I arrived at the reception. This is really important as once all the guests arrive, the waiters switch to topping up mode and it can be a real pain trying to get a glass. When the meal started I was overjoyed to be seated with... 

Reportedge™

on Wednesday, 11 May 2005. Posted in Derek's Tips

Reportedge™ is probably the hardest style of wedding photography to master. Couples should be aware that lots of wedding photographers will offer Reportedge™ but very few can even pronounce it, let alone shoot a wedding correctly.

It all started back in '87 when I first originated the style and opened the world's eyes to this new and innovative approach. Weddings by their very nature are usually quite dull affairs. Wedding photographers normally ruin the day even further by getting the ushers to throw their hats in air and asking the bridal party to run up down a field holding hands. Reportedge™ changed all this and many photographers tried to emulate my style. The key thing is that you have to blend in. My chameleon like qualities are legendary. I had an e-mail from a client this morning whose wedding I photographed last August.