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Old 16-02-2009, 22:24   #1 (permalink)
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HELP Please- Wedding advice!

Hi, I have just been asked to photograph my niece's wedding in July
I have a Nikon D40 and D300.Lenses: 50mm 1.8, 18mm-200mm and a 300mm.
Filters:ND 8 ,polorizers, can anyone please advise if I can get half decent 'wedding pics' with this kit or do I need to purchase anything further to give me an increased chance of near pro pics? She is at her top budget for wedding so unable to afford a pro
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Old 16-02-2009, 22:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

A flashgun is pretty essential...
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Old 16-02-2009, 22:33   #3 (permalink)
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

be very very careful .........

If it goes wrong - the non budget won't be remembered ...

the 18-200 won't be fast enough and if the 300 is an f/4 you MAY get away with it but it will be too long on a crop body.

so that leaves you with a suspect 50 f/1.8 ...... I would seriously rent a 70-200 VR
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Old 16-02-2009, 22:39   #4 (permalink)
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

I have pre-warned her not to expect Lichfield!!! Do I need to shoot in bursts and then choose the best? How much for the 70-200mm hire/buy?
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

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I'm not having a downer on you - but if you need to ask then maybe you should pass.... weddings can be fast paced to get the journalistic shots and you need to be very good at using everything the camera has to offer.
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I understand what you are saying, however she has said even if she gets afew 'good' ones to frame she will be happy.Who knows if I do enough research I may get some 'acceptable'shots
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

hire a 70-200 and 24-70 and put the cost down to experience ....and practice practice practice

Oh and get a flash ...

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I understand what you are saying, however she has said even if she gets afew 'good' ones to frame she will be happy.Who knows if I do enough research I may get some 'acceptable'shots
Well let me tell you now, it doesn't work like that. She would be dissapointed if it's only a few good pictures. The wedding is day to remember and you definitely need the pictures to proof to look back.

Would it be too much if you rent the lenses and they pay for it. Oh and don't forget the minimal list of pictures that you need to take. I think I would discuss that with her. Cause photo's are definitely at the top 5 list on a wedding. They need to be right!
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I understand what you are saying, however she has said even if she gets afew 'good' ones to frame she will be happy.Who knows if I do enough research I may get some 'acceptable'shots
She says that now... as others have said just be careful. You'll need to very clearly set their expectations.

Good luck!
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

i would love to eventually do wedding photography as a proffession but i dont think im good enough at taking people photography yet and i havent had chance to take my macro lens off my camera for a long while now, but i wouldnt feel comfortable saying yes my cousin asked me to do his wedding as they only want a few pictures as theyve been together a long time they only want a little wedding but i am away in asia but i would have only done it after going through all my photos with him and saying this is what you could expect i will try my best if you want "pro" pictures then im afraid i cant offer that..

i would be careful as me and my wife have recently got married and have gone through the pictures of the day and fortunately our photographer was very good in our opinions but we didnt think that we look at them as carefully as we did... i suppose what im saying is it is ultimately up to you but your niece needs to be made very aware of what you think you will be a able to produce...

good luck hope you make the right decision
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

spxxxx is right - the 1 to 1.5 hours between the ceremony and the reception is quite frantic, you really need to know your camera. To make things worse, nobody has the same sense of urgency as the photographer. If it rains - you realy need a good flash gun.

If your not sure decline and dicreetly observe the person they pay. You won't get any prises for messing things up.
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I was asked to do the photography last year when my mother-in-law got remarried. I was a little apprehensive about it to say the least. At the time, I was using a Nikon D50 but I had had the camera for a few years and was pretty conversant with it and could change the settings quickly. I discussed any particular shots they wanted - groups shots, who they wanted in them etc. As i couldn't check the venue out prior, I made sure that when myself and my family got there the first thing i did was reccy the venue. I had a chat with the staff etc and chatted with the registry office official to find out when i could take photos during the wedding. They were helpful and guided me more than i expected, even announcing a one point that they would break slighty to allow me to take some photos.

I took my Sigma 24-70 f2.8 and had with me a 70-300mm and the 18-55mm and of course a flashgun. I got away with using the 24-70 most of the time. I was surprised how well the day went although tiring but found the hardest thing to be getting everyone together for the group shots. You find that people aren't interested in having their photo taken and just want to enjoy themselves. I took something like 400 shots throughout the day, some good, some not so. A lot were more reportage style which i enjoyed doing.

Would i do it again? Hard answer as I now use a D3 which I only bought last week so not totally conversant yet. But i think i probably would if it was someone i knew. They do understand that your not a professional but do expect some memories. Be patient but firm when getting people together and make sure when your taking posed shots you shoot at least 4 or 5 each time.

Hope my input and experience of it helps!!

On a final note, wedding photography is something that i would like to do more of, so if there are any wedding photographers out there who would let me tag along (for free) to get experience i would appreciate it. I would let them use any of the decent images that i captured ofcourse if they wished.
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Re: HELP Please- Wedding advice!

Well...I recently 'did' a wedding with a D300, nifty fifty, an 18-70 and an SB800. (essentially, I had other gear but I didn't end up using it)
I agree you'll need a flashgun, very important, I wouldn't have got the best shots of the day without it. But even so, I managed it without ridiculous expensive / fast glass.
Despite that, though, I wouldn't go into it with the hope of getting 'a few good shots', cos that's not really right I don't think. I would have been disappointed if I'd missed any of the key sections / shots that they wanted (and there were a fair few). The key thing is, if you don't think you'll be able to handle it and give them an end result that could stand up to some professional work, then don't do it, is how I'd look at it.
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hire a 70-200 and 24-70 and put the cost down to experience ....and practice practice practice

Oh and get a flash ...

If you hire the 70-200 make sure its the f2.8 versionPS it will be I was thinking of the Canon options & yours is the Nikon.
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other thing i would suggest is getting a back up camera......... i have done about half a dozen weddings, and although my back up is only a 400D its still a backup. I actually have both cameras over my shoulders with different lenses so i can chop and change , but even if u dont use a back up it means if anything were to happen to your main camera u would still have a chance to get some shots!
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Thanks for all your advice- conclusion- I will take informal pics and see what I get from them.No formal organising!!!
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At least it's not a big weight over your shoulder and you can just take photo's for fun. Have fun and show some pics if you can when it's over and done with
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