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Old 01-07-2014, 13:24   #1 (permalink)
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hi, i have been asked to shoot a friends wedding. i have some basic gear and am thinking about hiring some more gear. does anybody have any recommendations as to what gear i should hire.
i would also be very gratefull if anybody has any tips and advice on lighting and what effects different setups will create
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Old 01-07-2014, 13:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: wedding photography

There is some great advice on here if you search.
I went through the same thing and ended up being an guest with a camera.
Checking my pics with a pro I would have just looked foolish.
Wedding photography takes planning and tuns of experience.

If your confidant try it but remember your playing with someone's dreams.
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I can only echo what Fiz has said with regard to playing with someone's dreams, a very good point.

This is going to sound depressing but in reality ...

Looking at your kit I would suggest you need to think of hiring the lot - 2 flashguns, 2 similar DSLR bodies, and 2 separate lenses both at f/2.8, one at 80-200, the other 24-70. You might get away with 80-200 @ f/4, and a decent tripod. Why 2 of everything? You don't want to let the bride and groom down if a camera goes dead on you. A set of at least 3 batteries for the cameras and flash guns. If one battery fails you can still use both cameras / flash guns.

You will need to hire this kit at least twice - enough times to get a feel for it and once to use it for real. The f/2.8 lenses are pro kit and heavy. They will not be useful for balance on the camera you have. If you only have a short amount of time to prepare then I would pass on this one, and suggest that your friend hires a professional. It's worth the effort to watch how a professional works and you can get some shots on the side that could be useful for your friends. You will also learn a little of the routine that goes with weddings. Ideas for shots, you can get from magazines and from advertising (Camera manufacturers like to use wedding shots as part of their advertising campaigns).

I used to cover weddings several years ago and last year did one for a friend, mainly as a thank you. I thought I knew my camera - I had had it 8 months but with only light usage, and a similar model for 3 years. My wedding photography experience was from the days of film, where I might take 300 shots for a whole day. I ran off just under 700 shots for this day, and paid the price more than once for letting the camera make some of the decisions, because on a few occasions I thought to save some time by using auto. I spent a lot more time than I expected in post processing just making corrections to several shots. You are in and out of different lighting conditions, different surroundings and different fields of view, and need to be alert to all of this and to be able to react to it by keeping an eye on white balance, objects in the background/foreground and when to and when not to use DOF to the best effect, as well as being ahead of the game as the wedding progresses.

Invariably friends pose the question quite innocently because they can save money, but they do not realise the work load they will be putting you through. You can forget being a guest, you will have little or no time for it !!!

If you still think you want to attempt it and it is the first time for you ... mmmm, unless you are absolutely confident then I would honourably stand back and let a pro cover it - they have the experience.
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Re: wedding photography

Also have a helper to set poses and carry stuff.

If you have time i would recommenced seeing if any of your other friends
are getting married and offer to take some shots but not be the main shooter.
This way you would get a feel a decide. I did this and realized i was well out of my depth.
I got some shots that were as good (one or two better) as the pros but 4 keepers again 100 is no match.
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I got some good advice here. Starts half way down.
I didn't post any final pics as o was running out of storage.
This is sorted now so may post some from the day.
I was glad i just took the camera intead of doing the shoot

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Re: wedding photography

Thanks to everybody who has posted comments to my question. I have found out a bit about the pricing for hiring gear and realise it is a bit too expensive just to shoot a friends wedding. I will still be shooting it but have told them that they should hire a pro as well. If anybody has any tips on what kind of lighting to use as the venue is quite dark it would be of real use to me. Cheers
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Re: wedding photography

I found the SB700 was great and just left my 35mm f1.8.
It was the best glass i had and made the camera light as i was a guest too.

I took the 70-300mm but never attached it.

If you are indoors using the flash remember to put the colour filters on as the bright white flash and the incandescent background
causes a WB nightmare.

When not using Flash. Auto ISO was my friend. You can set the min shutter and the max ISO. Better a grainy pic than a blurred one.

This is all from a novice part time shooter view point.

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Thanks for the advice. What colour filters do you find got used most. I have a basic pack of them but I may need to get a few more just to be safe
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Some excellent advice there. If you search in the forums there are some threads full of advice. Male sure that you get on side with the pro, keep out of his way and help out if you can. Hopefully you will be able to pick up a lot from him (or her) and get some good shots that he will probably not be able to get - especially what is going on away from the main action.
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to be honest if they are hiring a pro then you wont be able to use any lighting other than on camera as you will inevitably get in the pros way....
My advice - do it as a guest,,
I wouldnt shoot a wedding until you dont have to ask questions like" what lighting set up" im not being patronising but to ask those questions means you arent ready to shoot a wedding. you have no second chances you have to think on your feet and be prepared to do everything the opposite of the way you planned.
and thats before you even think about kit.
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I would take Fiona's advice, if you don't know what to do the day of the wedding is definitely not the time to start learning.
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I've started taking baby steps into working professionally. Did business cards.. I call myself a hobbyist photographer on my card, including a note that I don't do weddings. Partly because nothing about it interests me and I just don't want the pressure and responsibility.. I like working at my own pace. I like setting my own schedule.. Something that just doesn't happen with weddings. Do I think I could shoot one? Yeah probably. But I'd be stressed out the whole day doing it..

My gift to a friend asking me to shoot their wedding would be to help pay for a 'pro'..
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IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO WEDDINGS, IT WOULD BE BEST TO FIND A PRO, THAT WOULD LET YOU SHADOW THEM, AS AN ASSISTANT.

WEDDINGS ARE THE MOST STRESSFUL THING EVER TO COVER, MESS IT UP AND YOU HAVE RUINED NOT ONLY THE BRIDES AND GROOMS DAY, BUT SOMETHING THAT NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN, COULD NOT BE SHOT AGAIN.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU DO A WEDDING. PLEASE GIVE IT A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT, BEFORE YOU POSSIBLY RUIN SOMEONES BIG DAY
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my advise, try a dry run some weeks ahead of the big day, shoot the type of poses they want at the venue ( if possible).
this would give you a good idea of the situation you will be in on the day.
BTW I did this as a job before retirement
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thing is its not always possible to do a dry run, if i havent shot a venue before i always do a visit with bride and groom before hand,, but depending on the time of day the weather if there is another wedding one etc etc , i went to a castle a few months ago to sort out shots etc it was awesome the theme was harry potter. we had this list of all the shots........ and on the day it was torrential rain... they had birds of prey that couldnt be flown we couldnt do any guest shots out side so we were hampered with using indoors..... and we certainly could not go down to do shots by the edge of the loch in the castle grounds........ this all has to be taken into account.. and im sure there are plenty people out there who dont have a clue into what its actually like to shoot one.
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