e1rlindsay wrote in post #14742545
and luckily, in the pictures of the venue that she showed me, it appears to be a mostly white room with lots of natural window lighting...hopefully my exposures shouldn't be too changing in there. Also worried about the reception, as i think it'll most likely be a darker reception hall...i wish I had thousands of dollars so i could get some new gear! (lights, lenses, etc).
I'd worry more about making a list of the shots you need to get. Put it on index cards, a small notebook, make a list on your smartphone, whatever floats your boat but it will be a handy checklist to keep with you. Trust me, in the heat of the moment you WILL forget something, and having a list to take a quick peek at can save your bacon.
It sounds like you have a better flash than the on-camera pop up unit, that's good. What would be even nicer is if you had some sort of a bracket to get it up off the hot shoe and over the lens. This helps eliminate any possibility of red eyes and most of those brackets allow you to swivel them to put the flash up over the lens when you take vertical shots as well.
Unfortunately, you're very time limited and you probably don't have access to a local camera store that might carry such an item. It's also a very very very very (am I making my point here?) BAD idea to take a brand new piece of gear out on any assignment, much less one as stressful as a wedding, without having used it enough to be completely comfortable with it. So.....for gear, go with whatcha know and what you're most comfortable with.
I did weddings for years using medium format film cameras and 3 lenses (3 because I didn't have zooms for the camera) a normal lens, which I used about 90% of the time, a telephoto, roughly equivalent to a 100mm in 35mm format, and eventually I added a moderate wide angle, used it for tight spots and large groups. Like i said, I did close to 90% of all my shots with the standard lens and the old fashioned foot zoom. Think less about changing lenses and more about working with what you're most comfortable with. The 50 should serve you well for most of the ceremony, the tele-zoom for shots from the back during the ceremony, and the kit lens might do well for you when working with the flash, like at the reception. Just a thought.
Go to the rehershal, find out the flow of the ceremony, and (this one is important!) If the ceremony is in a church, make it a point to introduce youself to the priest/minister/pastor or whatever he or she is called and find out what they expect and allow...and please, please stick to it. Every photographer who follows you will thank you for that!.
If the reception hall is dark, you're going to be relying on your flash. Work close, those little units don't have much more than about a 10-12 foot range, check your exposures, and make sure you have sufficient batteries to keep shooting.
Take anything you think you MIGHT need. If you can borow a similar spare camera from a friend it would be nice insurance to have along "just in case". Obviously enough memory cards is a reqirement. Format all of them blank before using them. That way you're not putting a half full card in by mistake. I also number my cards with one of those stick on label makers and use them in order, helps to avoid wondering if the card you just put in is one you took out previously. It's the little things like that I've learned over time that make your job easier when you're under the pressure of shooting on assignment.
So much to learn, so little time. I hope some of this helps and doesn't confuse or stress you more. Good Luck and try to enjoy as much of it as you can. And let us see some of the results!