yes i have went there and took pre photo and seems
lighting could be better but just have never seen a wedding photo taking strobe umbrellas so didnt wont to look foolish and yes 550 off camera but
one last ? never work to much in this of a open space with the strobe plus umbrellas will they project enough to light or as you said mabye take them to place of wedding and pre photo shots with them
I don't try to use umbrellas/strobes for the PJ type shots and candids. Sometimes I use them for set-up shots and formal portraits. Other times, I just use the off-camera 550EX and a slave 420ex. Still other times, such as for outdoor formals, I use Photoflex reflectors and natural light with fill-flash. Sometimes available light only. It all depends on the situation and the quality of the available light. One hint, though. Don't try to get too fancy with the lighting until you have more experience with it. The more you can use E-TTL and Program mode or AV or TV, the better off you will be. Let the camera do a lot of the thinking for you...it's much faster and more accurate. Pick the mode depending on the effect you want to achieve. For candids, use Program. If you want to blur out the background for a portrait, use Av and a wide-open aperture. If you need to stop action, use Tv and a faster shutter. E-TTL works for all of those. For the Formal portraits, you have a little more time to play with, especially if you do them ahead of time. If you plan to use strobes and umbrellas, get yourself a good hand-held light meter. E-TTL won't work with strobes, so you have to figure trhe exposures yourself. The white dress and black tuxedo can be tricky to meter and expose correctly, practice with white subjects, black subjects and both in the same photo. Bracketing comes in handy, too...