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Offline bad03xtreme

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Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:09:31 PM »
I was asked by a friends sister if I would shoot her wedding.  They are having a small wedding and can't afford a professional photographer so I said I would help out.  I am looking for some tips on equipment I have to have and any tips that might help.

I have my Maxxum 5D
4gb CF card
1gb CF card

Lenses:
18-70mm Minolta lens
I plan on getting a Sigma 70-300mm lens very soon

Do I need to get a flash I am pretty sure it would be a good idea, and are there any other MUST HAVE items I need to shoot a wedding?

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 09:52:38 PM »
I'd start with
-more than 1 spare card
-spare batteries
as essentials

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 11:35:12 PM »
Hi
First thing you need is a spare camera body.Started work with 800si with a 505si back up with a 5400 flash gun.Now use two 7ds and a 5600hsd flash great for fill in when the suns out and inside churches and registry offices both tend to a bit dark still use 5400 in manual sometimes.Spare batterys for flash guns and cameras.I like to use 512 size cards in case of problems dont want to lose all shot on one large card.Like to use my 17-35 sigma ex alot at weddings not the normal focal length but it allows me to get a bit more intimate with people which shows in the pics.Also use a tamron 90 mm macro for shots of the rings and flowers and cards and it doubles up for a good portrait lens.Several lens cloths as a bit paraniod for cleaning lens.Use lens wide open for head and shoulder pics to render background blurred and use your feet to get shots right. Always focus on the eyes then re-frame. Watch out for lens flare shooting into the sun and try to keep it simple i stick to aperture priority mainly.Take at least three of every shot to allow for blinkers.I like to edit as i go to free up space.I also take a tripod in the car but rarely use it.
Double check everthing twice and ENJOY THE DAY! But no booze.

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 07:54:10 PM »
BRAVE man!

Flash can be v useful depends what you are doing and time of year.
Are you following the bride from morning till wedding, just doing the Church?

don't forget the trad lineup, Boring but popular.
 a big sheet of white  or slightly beige card can be useful for refelcting light back into faces. Something that would be useful would be an assistant a young relative maybe?

get an idea what she wants expects so you aren't working at cross purposes does she want formal shots or candids. You might be doing it for free but if it goes well and she likes the results spreads the word who knows?! Of course if she doesn't...........

get an idea what she wants expects

this cannot be overemphasised. show her wedding photo styles they must be available on the net.

Good Luck
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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007, 08:15:08 PM »
If in a church ... attend the church well before hand and scope out shooting angles. Speak to the minister (if there is one) and get the ground rules about where you can shoot and when. Check your flash in the church. At my nephew's wedding the priest said I could not set  foot onto the raised platform and of course NO flash during the ceremony. 

sprint said, "get an idea what she wants expects" YES YES YES. Know before hand what is expected from you and who you are expected to shoot, where and what format. I did a wedding for my DIL's friend 2 years ago and we agreed to do the main shoot in a park--great setting--before the actual wedding. Then, unknown to me, about 50 relatives from the groom's side showed up all expecting their pictures taken--and we had only 90 minutes in all at the park--we had to get to the wedding. Was very annoying. Get all of this stuff worked out so everyone knows. Who, what, when, where and how much time.

Bright sun (with the groom in a dark suit and the bride in white...arrghh!) is your worst enemy. Better off in bright open shade with a flash. High overcast and flash seems the best--but that's a lot to ask for when you are on a tight sked.

GOOD LUCK!

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2007, 07:51:53 PM »
Ugh, what were you smoking when you said yes?  We do weddings at TriDuo and I refuse to work them unless absoultly needed.

Bodies and flashes already mentioned, fast lenses are a plus. 
Lighting:
If you can, use the ambient light, candles and dim tungsten make for romanticesque shots.  If you have the ability or can mooch from a friend, set up a couple of remote strobes above the dance floor for the mom/son daddy/daughter ect dances. Fill flash on camera if the light requires it.

Use the Lo/hi ISO/range setting on the 5D for groom and bride shots, shoot raw or raw+jpeg.
Don't forget the fun shots of the dads getting plastered, the bestman ribbing the groom and such.  Get artsy shots of the guestbook, cake, invitations. 

There is this guy on strobist (strobist.blogspot.com) who tosses his camera in the air on a timer and gets these really wild shots. 

Good luck and take any of the extra booze home with you, you'll need it. 
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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2007, 09:20:04 PM »
Hi when I shoot a wedding always take (I.E. Minimum set up)

2 bodies
17-35 mm (d)
28-75 mm 2.8 (always on one the bodies)
50mm 2.8 macro (for all those fine details)
80-200mm 2.8 for all those moments when you cant get close (normally on the second body)
a 5600HSD 
lots of batteries and flash cards (2 cards in the a700)

then depending on the situation I take a 1.5m round reflector, a stoffen soft boy, a tri-pod, and any other lenses i think appropriate


 

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 04:34:28 PM »
spmething very useful for group shots:

(1) take a loud whistle to get their attention
(2) you might want to bring a ladder to shoot from above or make sure that there is somewhere a balcony...tree ;) you can climb up - group shots from above can work nicely and you can get all faces onto your pics without one obstructing the other.

Good luck- done it myself and as Clive said- talk to them before so that it is absolutely clear what they expect. Make youself a list of the shots you really need to take!

Best of luck and let us know how it went!
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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2008, 08:51:21 PM »
So how'd it go? Shot a wedding recently myself.. went relatively well, all things considered.
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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2008, 09:49:18 PM »

Very useful info !!!  :)
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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2008, 11:24:20 PM »
Practical Photography have done a 'survival' guide in this month's magazine, which pretty well lists everything here. However, they also suggest bringing one of those paddle-things for getting rid of dust and what-not on clothing. The ideal way to make people think you know what you're doing, while all the time being absolutely petrified... ;)

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Re: Need advice - Shooting a wedding!!
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2008, 10:27:27 AM »
I also have a small plactic bag with a few items that can be a life saver

- transparent Scotch tape
- Safety pins
- Super glue (in 1 second dry type stuff)
- zip ties
- rubber bands
- Asperin
- Velcro dots

it has saved the day a few times