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First wedding was a nightmare! What to do differently?

 
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Dec 17, 2011 12:18 |  #16

Just another short story. My first wedding photo booth. Not a difficult thing to do but I wanted to be prepared. I learned about the inverse square law because after people have a few drinks it gets goofy and people don't line up. Sometimes they are 3- 4 deep and I did not want to nuke the ones in the front and underexpose the ones in the back.

I asked a few questions at Fred Miranda and got a hard time about it but I did not care. I figured out the minimal distance to the flash to evenly light all the people, put red tape across the floor and made sure no one crossed it. Easiest money I ever made and everything went great. I think photographers are underpaid for weddings and overpaid for this type of stuff :D I guess that is were it balances out.

I my not be a pro but I need to be mentally prepared when I head into an important event, especially the first time. The chances of something going wrong exists and you need to react quickly to it.


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Dec 17, 2011 13:22 |  #17

Fast glass and high ISO would have saved you.


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Dec 17, 2011 13:38 |  #18

Good to have a 50 1.4 or 1.8 as a back up for that. The 1.4 is more expensive but in a crunch the 1.8 would get you through. About $100.


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Dec 18, 2011 01:51 |  #19

scorpio_e wrote in post #13559344 (external link)
Fast glass and high ISO would have saved you.

It may have made the exposure acceptable, maybe, but you can't always count on that. Learning how to use lighting would improve the quality and quantity of lighting, and gives you more than a razor thin DOF - my problem is usually that I want MORE dof, not less.


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Dec 18, 2011 08:39 |  #20

Holy crap.. I bet my 1st wedding photos would turn out really really bad if I never practiced how to use a flash prior to the wedding. Bounced on camera flash cannot be learned instantly. Also dont think putting that gary fong on your flash head and set it to ETTL will give you nice images.


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Dec 19, 2011 13:25 |  #21

tim wrote in post #13562004 (external link)
It may have made the exposure acceptable, maybe, but you can't always count on that. Learning how to use lighting would improve the quality and quantity of lighting, and gives you more than a razor thin DOF - my problem is usually that I want MORE dof, not less.

Tim you are absolutely correct in the direction you are going. What I was saying is...If your flash craps out on you, using a high ISO and fast glass could save you in a pinch.


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Dec 19, 2011 14:38 |  #22

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Tim you are absolutely correct in the direction you are going. What I was saying is...If your flash craps out on you, using a high ISO and fast glass could save you in a pinch.

This is why you have backup equipment. I usually take 4-5 flashes and two studio strobes to a wedding. Equipment fails occasionally, you have to be equipped to deal with it.


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Dec 19, 2011 20:41 |  #23

Unless you were in the Congo, at midnight then 1/60 sec and ISO 6400 would of been fine up to F4 with the 5D2.

You shot raw right? Push the raws .5 stop then duplicate layer and screen overlay.


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This is why you have backup equipment. I usually take 4-5 flashes and two studio strobes to a wedding. Equipment fails occasionally, you have to be equipped to deal with it.

You know I could never argue about not having adequate backup:) I have 5 strobes with me for every wedding. I may not use 5 but they are available.


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Dec 23, 2011 12:15 |  #25

As everyone else stated, you needed a back up flash. If you are doing someones once in a lifetime event like a wedding (Well with the divorce rate as it is, maybe twice in a lifetime), you must have back ups of everything! Back Up Camera, Back Up Lenses, Back Up Falshes, memory cards, batteries, everything......Also I would go with rechargable batteries such as Enloops, and not a single use package of AA's for a flash. Even though you stated you did the wedding for free for a friend, I would highly recommend you purchase 2 flashes for the future, after renting them a few times, they would have paid for themselves. Good luck in all your future events


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Dec 29, 2011 10:20 |  #26

Gel wrote in post #13571145 (external link)
Unless you were in the Congo, at midnight then 1/60 sec and ISO 6400 would of been fine up to F4 with the 5D2.

You shot raw right? Push the raws .5 stop then duplicate layer and screen overlay.

I like that.


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