« on: January 27, 2013, 01:13:21 AM »
Thanks for the link.
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Thanks for all the advice everybody, a lot to think over. The wedding is at a church, then reception, pretty simple, not huge.
After reading your comments I've now been considering is talking to him into hiring a photographer, and then I'll just bring my 6d, and pancake lens just for some candid photos to give to them.
If he insists on me, I'll then tell him to at least hire someone for the ceremony and I'll shoot the reception.
If he really insists on not hiring a pro, then screw it, I'll just take my stuff and he'll get what he gets!
I'd much rather see them with quality photos than meh photos, from their friend who just does it as a hobby.
But whatever happens, I think I may invest in a nice 85mm. Maybe a new 50mm if they release a new one.
This site may be too much to absorb in one week but if you plan to continue then get into it. This is the only site you may need.
There's no maybe about it. No matter how smart you are, outside of an intense 40-hour workshop, nobody is going to learn how to use flash well enough in one week to shoot a wedding.
That's why I strongly recommend cranking the ISO unless you already know what you're doing with flash.
The best results come from somebody who knows what to do with flash.
If you just crank the ISO, you'll probably get "good enough" pictures.
If you don't know how to use flash but use it anyway, you'll get bad pictures. You won't get the right exposure, you won't get the right shape or ratios of light, you'll generally mess everything up and make it much worse than if you had left off the flash and cranked the ISO.
A wedding is a performance. Only amateurs experiment in performances. A professional goes into a performance already knowing exactly how everything is going to go down. Even when professionals do experiment in performances, they do so with the bounds of the skills that they already know they have and know how to recover from failures they might experience. For example, a wedding photographer might want to experiment with a shallow DOF HDR panorama for the ring exchange, but she'll only do so if she has an assistant she trusts to get the standard shot from some other angle. And she won't tell the couple about the experiment until after the fact, and then only if it turns out well.
Some very good advice above, eh? All I can add is to try and visit the venues to be used before you have to go live to determine lighting and sound quirks, angles, shooting positions, et al. "Emergency weddings" are why I restrict myself to elopements where run & gun is my 1st and only General Order.