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Shot my first wedding two weeks ago...

 
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Sep 19, 2012 14:59 |  #1

...and I didn't see this thread first!!! :(

It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't ideal. First, the ceremony and reception were in a small restaurant. The lighting was AWFUL! There wasn't enough space for me to shoot because of the cramped area with all of the guests huddled around. I hung my flashes where I thought I would get good lighting, but the bride and groom weren't facing each other, they were facing the "alter" the entire time and there was no room for me to move around to get clean shots. I got a few good prep shots of the B/G, wish I had a little more time. The reception was easier. I normally do nightlife and event photography so my "fun" style is what they were looking for. All in all, I'd do it again. I'm advertising now to pick up a few more. Time to read through this forum


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Sep 19, 2012 15:18 |  #2

Congrats on your first wedding! I'll always remember mine; it was a great learning experience. No amount of reading and reviewing will fully prepare you for your first.

I hope you can share some photos with us, there are plenty of seasoned photographers here who are always willing to help other improve. I'm interested about how "awful" the lighting was and how difficult it was to get clean shots like you said.

Good luck on your next one!


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Sep 20, 2012 07:18 |  #3

Congratulations! Now post some photographs! ;)


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Sep 20, 2012 07:26 |  #4

"wish I had a little more time"

I think I say this after every wedding.


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Sep 20, 2012 08:01 |  #5

I'm not completely happy with the results, but I guess as I do more, I'll get better... I'll post some with the horrid lighting when I get them processed, still have about 200 more to go through. I originally shot just over 830, culled it down to about 330.

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Sep 20, 2012 14:30 |  #6

That's the reason why I am about to sell all my lenses but my 135L, I am buying all L lenses and some wide angle, like the 24L, I shot a wedding last Saturday and the church was crazy dark, I asked the pastor if I could use flash and that was a no no for him. I was lucky to get some good shots with my 50 1.4, the 135L is always amazing, I am thinking about the 24-70, but I am not sure about trading zoom for primes.


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Sep 20, 2012 16:12 |  #7

The 24L is awesome, you'll love it!

Watch your xy axis in shots like #2. The horizon being diagonal is really distracting.


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Sep 20, 2012 16:39 |  #8

yeah, it will be in my bag pretty soon,I see that you have the 50 1.4, it is an amazing sharp lens for the money,I was surprised at how good it performed during that wedding.


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Sep 21, 2012 01:21 |  #9

sgtbueno wrote in post #15020229 (external link)
yeah, it will be in my bag pretty soon,I see that you have the 50 1.4, it is an amazing sharp lens for the money,I was surprised at how good it performed during that wedding.

Yeah it was well worth it to upgrade from the 28 1.8 to the 24L I thought. I kind of want a 50L, but haven't been able to bring myself to spend the money yet. I'm pretty happy with the 1.4. I wasn't always, but I am these days.


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Sep 22, 2012 13:35 |  #10

Got the 24-70 2.8 yesterday. Bought a 580ex ii and sold my 430exii. Selling the 24-105 now also and the st-e2. Slowly upgrading my arsenal.


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Sep 22, 2012 13:38 |  #11

I do a lot of nightlife photography and a lot of my shots are like that. It works well for in the clubs. I can see that this may not fly with most wedding photography but the bride likes the style. I have others that are horizontal.

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The 24L is awesome, you'll love it!

Watch your xy axis in shots like #2. The horizon being diagonal is really distracting.


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Sep 23, 2012 09:39 as a reply to  @ cabinajm's post |  #12

wow if these are your first photos than I will not even show my first ones .. even those from nowadays :confused:
I think the light is pretty good, or whatever flash you used in the dark. I wouldn't even know how to get this crisp effect.

I do have all the lenses but it's not all.. In church I am happy with my newly acquired 5D II and most of the time I suppose the 35mm f1.4 and the 70-200f2.8 will do. Otherwise the 70-200 goes in the bag and is replaced by 135mm f2.0. In church you have to live with the light you got.
But the most difficult is the situations in party venues where you have to flash. I would like the more contrasty pics like you have.

EDIT: ow now I read your blogpost about this wedding and apparently you did have the unwanted shadows that I was thinking about. But the 60D saved your *** because you could use it as frontal flash onto couple ?
The thing I do is use the ceiling or walls to bounce my flash where-ever I am.. But that only works with fairly low ceilings and it's a bit of a crappy thing when it's an old building with ceilings 4 floors high or curved stone ceilings.. if it would not work in this way, I'd set my exposure to manual to light up the background a bit, and then use a second-curtain flash straight in their faces.. Sorry folks.
I'm fairly new to using flash (in a modern way) so am still planning on trying out things.




  
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Sep 25, 2012 15:06 |  #13

Thanks MT. Yeah, I relied heavily on my 60D solely for the pop-up flash. I dialed it down to 1/32 power, just enough to dispel the shadow. I chimped as i went along though, readjusting as necessary.

I took my 5DII and 24-70L out this weekend and the results in absolutely low light were in stark contrast to what i'm use to with the 60D and 10-22.

Well, the bride is REALLY happy with the pictures, she wasn't sure whether or not the guests were having fun at the wedding, but after seeing the photos she was convinced they were. So, all that matters is that she's happy. Stress level going down!!!

I finally got done with the pictures last night. Here are some from the gallery. Please note that some angles had to be done a certain way (especially the cake cutting) because I was up against a wall in a very tight space and there was an obstruction to my right that was in frame.

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Can you tell I PS'd the light stand and flash out of this pic? lol, getting a little better...
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Sep 25, 2012 15:37 |  #14

I wonder why they don't allow flashes in so many churches? Nice shot s!!


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Sep 25, 2012 15:50 |  #15

jakefreese wrote in post #15041628 (external link)
I wonder why they don't allow flashes in so many churches? Nice shot s!!

Thanks.

It's either a mass conspiracy that the camera manufacturers some sort of kick-back program to the churches so we are required to purchase all of this expensive gear, or it's just a distraction.


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