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Hello folks - a local couple are going to be married and it was suggested that since they don't have enough money to hire a photographer I could shoot help them out. What I am asking for are some basic suggestions - maybe even a "how to shoot a wedding" for amateurs such as myself.

The gear I plan to use are my 7D along with my EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. I understand this lens is a great choice for guys shooting with 5Ds and such but with a crop sensor should I use this lens or my  EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II?

The ceremony will be during the evening outdoors at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the reception will be indoors. The bride has provided a nice list of the shots they would really like which is quite helpful.

Guys, I would really like to provide them with a good assortment of photos to choose from since this is such a special day for them. I am not charging anything of course but I would still like to do the best I possibly can. If you can provide basic suggestions such as:

  • Mode - Full, CA, P, Tv, Av, or M?
  • Flash or not? Fill indoors, outdoors, etc.
  • ISO on Auto from 100-800 or just set it on a particular value?

Just really a comprehensive review of the basics for a guy trying to do the best he can. I am a fast learner but truthfully normally enjoy taking time to set up a shot, use a tri-pod, experiment, etc. I am not a pro like many of you guys who make adjustments on the fly with full knowledge of what is required to create the desired shot.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and none are too basic.  :)

Lenses / Migration from zooms to primes...your suggestions?
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:49:02 PM »
My question has to do with my desire to gradually convert my lenses from zooms to primes and more importantly, which primes should I plan to purchase?

My current zooms are:

  • 16-35mm f/2.8L II
  • 24-70mm f/2.8L
  • 70-200mm f/2.8L

A quick look at the L primes include:

  • 14mm f/2.8L II
  • 24mm f/1.4L II
  • 35mm f/1.4L
  • 50mm f/1.2L
  • 85mm f/1.2L II
  • 100mm f/2.8L
  • 135mm f/2.0L
  • 180mm f/3.5L Macro
  • 200mm f/2.8L II

I am just curious which primes you would select and in what particular order you would purchase them in? I pretty much like taking all sorts of pictures to include people, architecture, landscape, astronomy, etc.

Thanks in advance for your time and effort.

EOS Bodies / 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:04:18 PM »
I am interested in hearing your ideas regarding the top of the line Canon body a decade from now. We have all been enjoying incremental changes since the flip from film to sensor and I am just wondering if there will be another leap forward in the next decade or not.

Just what will the capabilities be in a decade?

What would we like to see?

How about internet connectivity and it's unlimited storage capacity or ability to communicate?

Or maybe a thought controlled head mounted camera that becomes our eyes and allows us to view the world in a ultra wide angle or telephoto sort of way and capture images just because we though that would look nice. Or it's ability to capture everything we see and store on the net forever!

What role will an artificial neural network play in the future of photography? Will the camera learn your habits and make decisions for you while at the same time communicating with other cameras world wide and sharing these "new" methods collectively increasing the ability for all photographers?

Can you image having the knowledge of every great photographer as a literal extension of your own mind and being able to use that without any effort?

What are your thoughts?

EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:56:48 PM »
I am interested in hearing your opinion regarding the image sensor format on the EOS 7D Mark II.

For fun we can compare the results to the actual release at some undetermined date in the future. I would be interested in how accurate our forum members are able to collectively predict future products.


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