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Wedding glass ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JerseyJay, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. Which lens would you pick as a MUST for small (50 people) wedding. I have 50 1.8, 18-70 and 70-200VR and I'm looking to rent 17-35 2.8 AF-S EDIF ($30).

    Any tips ?
  2. 1. What time of day is the wedding/reception

    2. Is it indoors or outdoors?

    3. What body are you using (just curious here)

    4. Are you "THE" photographer?

  3. This is a small wedding for people who really can't afford $5,000 for THE photographer. Wedding ceremony will take place in Church (indoor) and reception in Wedding Hall (indoor). I'm using D70. Although I do different freelancing, I haven't done a wedding yet. I know that their expectations are not "PRO-Wedding Photographer" so I have a plenty of room to play.

    Any tips for first time wedding photographer ?
  4. Smartest thing you can do is go to the rehearsal and shoot it and then get into the wedding hall at approximately that time and shoot it. It will do wonders for your confidence and show you what settings you'll need on the big day.

    I know this doesn't answer your question to which my answer would be to bring all three and switch as you feel the need to.

    Do you have a flash in the equation?

  5. I have to say that I have been successful using Stroboframe / SB-800 / SoftBox combo.

    Thanks for your tips.
  6. mrdinh


    Mar 8, 2005
    North Dakota
    jay, first...just relax and have fun...most people stress too much and they end up not getting the images...

    i think you have decent lenses...don't worry about getting anything else...maybe you flash when you can and try to bounce also

    maybe drag the shutter during the dance...kind makes cool motion pics

    let us know how it goes and post some pics
  7. Great flash combo, that should do you well.

    What I've done in the past and maybe others can throw in on this is to use the wide angle for intro's, aisle walks, boquet toss and atmospheric images and then switch to the zoom for closeups during the toasts, cake cutting, kisses and general guest expressions. The 50 1.8 will come in very handy if you find your flash isn't working or your just looking for some natual light pictures.

    And bring LOTS of CF cards.

    Good luck, you'll have a blast!

  8. Jay, I think you'll do fine with the lenses you have. I used to do a lot of them with medium format and the last one was with a D100 and ONE Tamron 28-75mm (which is a good little lens, but not the absolute sharpest one around). I did use a 70-200mm for a long shot from the balcony.
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    At weddings I like to move as lightly as possible and that doesn't mean carrying a sackful of lenses all the time. I also like to change lenses as little as possible. Not only is it a time waster, but everytime I do I up the risk of something happening, like dropping a lens, letting dust in to the sensor etc. If I were you I'd pick my best wide to medium range zoom and go with it. Have the others there with you for use if you have time.
  9. Thanks for your tips guys. I called Adorama and got 17-55 f/2.8 for Thursday-Sunday for 30$. I also forgot to mention my newest addition 105 f/2.8 macro but I'm not sure how useful would that be. I'm taking my CompactDrive - 40GB as major storage. I have couple 1GB cards so I will be doing some swapping.

    I will keep you posted.
  10. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Best to you Jay,

    Hope you have a nice time, and Great success
  11. Larry Gleason

    Larry Gleason

    Jan 26, 2005
    I'm in late I see. If I did weddings and was limited to one lens, it would be the Nikon 28-70 AFS f2.8. I loaned mine to a wedding photographer a couple of years ago and made a believer out of him.
  12. NeilCam


    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Wedding glass ?

    I always find Waterford crystal a nice gift.


  13. Nice, watch out you will not want to give that back!

    Last time I used a 28-70 which was perfect but heavy. The 28 was usually wide enough and the 70 got me close enough for portraits. For larger groups and tables I used a 20 2.8D which came in handy...plus was small enough I could keep it in my pocket.

    Please let me know how the 17-55 works out.....I have been looking to sell my 28-70 since getting the 17-55, however I find myself short manytimes and worry about shooting private parties with the 17-55. Lately I have been teaming it up with the 85 1.4 for nice results.

    I also brought the 70-200 however it was too much to carry with the other stuff. I had an assistant, however I still did the bulk of the work. It might be wise to get someone for a few bucks as an assistant, just to at least keep an eye on your gear you don't have in hand.

    Make sure you make it to the rehearsal....It saved my x!#@ the first party I shot!

  14. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Here are some things I have heard (and used) ...

    Shoot a lot. Shoot the 'events': all the relatives and friends. Do all the groups, and then mix the groups up (his aunt with her mom, etc.) Do getting ready, the procession, each member individually, the bride, the bride and escort, the bride and the line, and some more of the bride. The groom, the bride and the groom, the bride and the minister and the groom, the entire line: groomsmen, bridesmaids, minister and the couple, the vows, the exchanges, the kiss, the kiss and the kiss. Then walking out, the guests, the relatives again, the mom crying and the escape. Then go to the party and shoot a lot more. Get: the dance, the cake, the garter and any other 'traditions' at the party. And a lot of people having fun!

    Shoot the kids! The ring and flower kids, the sisters, nieces, nephews kids of friends - all of them. DO NOT (under any circumstances) photograph the parents (or any 'older' relatives) if they get drunk and 'act up'! This is from personal experience.

    If you can shoot all the action with one lens, great. Do some glamor stuff. Get there early and get all the posed relatives out of the way. Talk with the participants - to put them, and you - at ease. Shoot something unique and special. You will know what this is when it presents itself (use the Force or whatever. Ask the groom.)

    If the pay is really low, convert your raws to jpegs, dump them onto a DVD for printing at Walmart and showing on their TV. iDVD does a good job of that. If they're friends, throw in a few prints of the wowzers. They'll tell their friends, so ask them not to say how much you did it for.

    Get ready, cause there is a lot of budget wedding business to be shot. Managed right you can keep your hourly pretty high, but get bogged down in post processing and you can end up working for pennies.
  15. Carol Steele

    Carol Steele Guest

    My advice would be to beg, borrow .... or buy some extra CF cards. I carried 6Gb in cards to my weddings last year and am upping it to 14Gb this year (mainly due to the new D2X).

    Backup to your portable storage - but don't reuse the cards until you have got everything back home, transferred to your hard drive and then backed up onto a couple of DVD's.
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