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Warninglabel:
New Member here, I have been visiting this website for a long time and though it was time to become a member since I visit it everyday.

My Wife and I both have full time jobs but on the side we have been taking Soccer pictures of our son and daughter games.

Our equipment
Canon 7D
Lens Cannon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Future ideas and upgrades
-My wife would like to do wedding in the future
Equipment
-5D III
-Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
-and maybe a 300mm lens

I was wondering if anyone would checkout some of our Pictures to give us some pointers especially night time photographs (http://www.mitchellparson.com) and maybe future equipment or lens upgrades

This is our hobby not our profession so don't slam us lol but I know we have lots of improvement to make

The night album is located @ http://www.mitchellparson.com/?p=1781

Thanks in advance ;-)


DJL329:
The 24-70 f/2.8L might be a better choice for indoors, instead of the 24-105mm f/4L, as it's a stop faster, and you already have the 70-105 range covered with the 70-200mm.

An ultra-wide angle, such as the 16-35mm f/2.8L (the 17-40mm f/4L, is a cheaper, slower alternative) is another must:  group shots, interior shots of the church, etc.

The 15mm fisheye is also popular.  For instance, in posed shots of the bride (with the train laid out in front), it helps to exaggerate the train.

And don't forget a flash!   :D

Here's an article I just found on the subject:

http://www.slrlounge.com/6-must-have-lenses-for-wedding-photography

In the end, do lots of research.  I'm sure there are plenty of books and articles on the subject.

Capnbill:
I'm a new member, too; so welcome!
I am a hobbyist photog as well, but I have shot at a few friends' weddings and can offer a bit of advice.  Canon lenses are great, especially the "L" series.  I personally have the same 70-200 2.8 IS, and it is FANTASTIC.  I also have an old 16-35 2.8L and it works very nicely when I need something a bit wide.  The other lens I use a whole lot is a Sigma 24-60, again 2.8.  See a trend here?  If you are going to invest in the 24-70, go for the 2.8.  Yes, it costs more, but I have shot as slow as 1/10 handheld at weddings, without flash, where the official photog was struggling with a 3lb flash unit on top of the camera, he was using the f4 24-70.  For general purpose, daylight/evening/indoors the slower aperature is fine, but if you're shooting once in a lifetime moments, in the dark; you can't go wrong with the fastest glass possible.  The 5Dii has good performance at high ISO, I can't imagine the mkiii losing anything there.  Good luck!

Warninglabel:
Awesome info people, thanks for the help, looks like I got a lot of reading to do

scottkinfw:
Hi and welcome.

I am not a sports photographer, and I would only hold myself out as an avid novice.

That said, and for what it is worth, you are off to a great start.  Colors, exposure, focus all seem great.  I enjoyed facial expressions too.

A few things to consider.  Be aware of backgrounds.  If you can cut the clutter/fences, etc. focus would be more on the subjects.  Try opening up f stop, or change camera position if possible.  I would also try different shutter speeds to see how you like those effects.

The other thing I would say is to look at your cropping.  Use the rule of 1/3rds.  See if you like closer or farther out crops.  Also, try different camera positions high, low, strange angles, whatever.

Again, great job, keep working, I do.

sek


--- Quote from: Warninglabel on September 22, 2011, 11:47:58 AM ---New Member here, I have been visiting this website for a long time and though it was time to become a member since I visit it everyday.

My Wife and I both have full time jobs but on the side we have been taking Soccer pictures of our son and daughter games.

Our equipment
Canon 7D
Lens Cannon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Future ideas and upgrades
-My wife would like to do wedding in the future
Equipment
-5D III
-Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
-and maybe a 300mm lens

I was wondering if anyone would checkout some of our Pictures to give us some pointers especially night time photographs (http://www.mitchellparson.com) and maybe future equipment or lens upgrades

This is our hobby not our profession so don't slam us lol but I know we have lots of improvement to make

The night album is located @ http://www.mitchellparson.com/?p=1781

Thanks in advance ;-)

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