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Old 10-01-2011, 07:12   #1 (permalink)
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my cousin's wedding is coming up soon. so I was thinking of taking some shots just for the sake of learning something new. I only have two lenses. the nifty fifty and the "famed" 18-55mm. my camera body has a cropped sensor. the thing is, in Sri Lankan weddings they have auspicious times to do everything. So I probably won't have time to change lenses. I was thinking of using the 50mm all day long, since I'm not the official photographer or anything. I'm just trying to take photos of the couple. also the 430EXII will be permanently attached to the camera. my question is will I be able to get away with the 50mm alone? and it's kind of hard to take full body pics with it. if I use portrait orientation, it might be hard to avoid shadows unless there's a wall or a ceiling to bounce the light, since I'm using the flasher on camera.

I will post my other question here even if it's not about the wedding. I know this is more of a personal decision but here goes. after the wedding, there's a 2 day family trip planned. a friend of mine agreed to lend his 55-250mm to me. there will be some wild life/bird photography opportunities. but if I go on this trip, I'm gonna miss the 1st day of my photography class. the class is only 10 days. I really don't want to miss the class either. they are gonna teach some basics on photography since it's the 1st day. while I can (and have) read and learn the basics through reading, it would be great to get some first hand experience with some real professional photographers. they might even think I'm not really interested in learning if I miss the 1st day lol. so what would you choose if you were in my situation?
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Re: weddings and decisions

first offif you cant change lenses and you dont think the 50 will give you enough scope then i would stick with the 18 - 55, however the 50 would be a better lens to cope with lower light if you cant use your flash in certain situations. given that you are not the official tog i wouldnt be worried too much and just take the opportunities for shots as and when,
second one is easy. miss the family trip. or go for one day and come home early.
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well using the flasher won't be a problem in most situations. but the 50's optical quality is far superior. I wouldn't want to end up with just some photos. maybe I'll have a better idea when I actually go there.

as for the trip, I wish it was that simple. apparently I'm supposed to contact everyone and get everyone together for the trip. don't know how the hell that happened and going for one day isn't gonna work as we will be traveling a lot. when I said family, it included my extended family as well
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The difference in optical quality of your lenses is likely to be insignificant if you can capture some stunning pictures. I would certainly use the zoom lens which would give more opportunities to perhaps capture a few poses which the official photographer misses. Remember also, the official photographer may well have to produce an agreed set of formal shots so may have less opportunity for informal shots which may arise.

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agree with Dave i used the 18 - 55 for a long time when i got my first dslr and it did me well..
trip is still easy..... let someone else organise it. I guess it depends on how important it is versus how important the photography course is,...... family V's photography,,.... photography would win hands down every time! but then thats just me
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18-55 it is then who knows, I might be able to take some shots with the 50 as well. it seems like I cannot bail on the trip now. but at least it will provide me with opportunities to capture some good shots.
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Why not hire a lens? Lenses For Hire Ltd. does some great prices.
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Okay, if you are not the main photographer then get what you can get with the lens that you have. You have 2 lens one is a prime and one is a zoom. For me, I can't image that you cannot change lens AT ALL during the whole wedding. So here is the break down. Go and get as much information from whoever knows or is managing the wedding that day. Have some idea as to what will be happening where and when. Plan ahead. Wedding and events photography is alot about planning ahead. With your prime you are limited to where your feet can take you, but you it is a faster lens, giving you nicer bokeh then your zoom would. In cases where you know you can get in close enough and can afford to switch your flash off then plan on using the prime, otherwise stick with the zoom if you don't know how close you can get to. Not that your zoom brings you any closer than your prime does, but you sure and zoom OUT much faster if you needed to and if you are caught in a sitting position or a fixed spot then the prime is not very useful to you. I usually have a zoom on my camera at an event and change to a prime for planned shots.

I always say take the trip and leave the classroom behind. What you have shown in your understanding of photography is way more than what an 1st class will teach you. Time with family is always more important in my book. Take your camera along.....take some pictures and share it with the class when you get back....it will make the class time richer and more interesting for all.
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yeah I decided to use the zoom. I can use the flasher too. so it doesn't have to be a really fast lens. I'm doing this for fun and experience afterall. but I don't like to keep lose ends.

thanks Dookie. I'm going on the trip too. I've borrowed 55-250 lens from a friend of mine. I will finally be able to start a gallery here if I get some good shots

Big Graeme - I'm not from the UK thank you anyway. even if I hire a lens from here, they will cost as much as buying a new one.
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