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Apr 18, 2014 21:33 |  #1

Hey guys/gals, this is my first post so i'm sorry if i'm doing it wrong. I have lots of questions so I figure I will just jump in.. I do natural light photography, I have been booked for a wedding in Sept. I'm concerned with only doing natural light for a wedding, has that been done or can that be done??? I haven't been to the Church yet but plan to as soon as its available. Just curious if anyone has ever done an indoor wedding with natural light only... Thanks everyone for your time!!


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Apr 18, 2014 21:56 |  #2

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Hey guys/gals, this is my first post so i'm sorry if i'm doing it wrong. I have lots of questions so I figure I will just jump in.. I do natural light photography, I have been booked for a wedding in Sept. I'm concerned with only doing natural light for a wedding, has that been done or can that be done??? I haven't been to the Church yet but plan to as soon as its available. Just curious if anyone has ever done an indoor wedding with natural light only... Thanks everyone for your time!!

I struggle to remember an occasion over the last 3 years where I have used a flash at an indoor ceremony. Depending on the wedding though sometimes you have no choice other than to add light whether you like doing so or not. Some venues make the Batcave look bright.

As much as quality of light makes a difference your ability to see the good light will make even more of a difference.


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Apr 18, 2014 22:01 |  #3

Of course you can do it! Some venues don't allow flash. If you have some bright primes and a camera that handles high ISO well, you could be set. What's your gear list?


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Apr 18, 2014 22:43 |  #4

Unless you are shooting with a good quality full frame sensor camera you are going to have trouble without some supplemental lighting. I recently attended my wife's cousin's daughter's wedding and the photographers shot with Canon 5d MII's using almost exclusively natural light in the church. This church had some of the best lighting I've seen in the 30+ years I shot weddings. The photographers shot most of their images at about 4000 ISO (of course I asked). I saw some of the images. The composition was good but they were too noisy in my opinion. Frankly, I wasn't terribly impressed. Consequently, if I were you I would purchase or rent some decent lighting equipment. Check out the Strobist website for tips if you need any ideas. http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com (external link) Good luck!


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Apr 18, 2014 22:57 |  #5

All well and good but most churches don't allow flash. I'm at ISO 4000 regularly with no flash. 4000 when exposed correctly is actually quite clean on the 5D MKIII's.


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Apr 19, 2014 10:56 |  #6

It's not the church lighting you have to worry about, it's the reception.


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Apr 19, 2014 14:00 |  #7

Ok thank you everyone! I have a canon 60 D and have mostly been shooting with my 1.4 50 mm, its the best lens I have. I shot my last wedding with not flash iso 3200 and every picture in the Church had a ton of noise... I didn't even do the reception. Thankfully I wasn't the main photographer though, the Sept wedding will be my first main photographer job. I thought about just getting a speed light for on top and seeing if that would offer me enough light.. I've never worked with flash.


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Apr 19, 2014 16:14 |  #8

It sounds like a 6D might be in your future. ;)


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Apr 19, 2014 20:54 as a reply to  @ mclaren777's post |  #9

Most churches have enough light to get by with a fast prime (sub f2) and a moderately high ISO. Your shutter speeds will probably be in the 1/60th to 1/100 range, so be sure to practice holding your camera steady. If its so dark that even a f/1.4 lens and ISO 6400 have trouble getting you a decent shutter speed, the people probably won't be able to see much either.


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Apr 19, 2014 22:07 |  #10

You don't even need a fast prime. I use F2.8 and F4.0 lenses, and shutter speeds vary from 1/40th to 1/200th.

If it's so dark you're F1.4 ISO6400 and below 1/50th you probably need light. I don't like super narrow dof for ceremonies, you want more than their ears in focus.


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Apr 19, 2014 22:31 |  #11

If the church is THAT dark, get yourself a decent tripod and lock it down sturdy. The couple won't move much, so you can go into the slower shutter speeds if need be.

Yeah it's old school and not glamorous but it works.


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Apr 20, 2014 06:54 |  #12

I never had a venue that did not allow flash. Do they stop guests from using then as well ?
In most cases you need some kind of light for a reception. Whether it flash or continuous light.


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Apr 20, 2014 11:16 as a reply to  @ scorpio_e's post |  #13

I always ask the officiant what the ground rules are, including flash. Even if I was allowed to use flash, I'll only do so if I feel it's absolutely necessary, which is very rare.




  
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Apr 20, 2014 11:57 |  #14

I was a 2nd photographer for a wedding one time and they didn't allow flash during the ceremony. I then used my 50mm 1.8 alot.


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Apr 21, 2014 13:25 |  #15

Yes flash isn't allowed during the ceremony but walking down the isle is ok for flash. I have a 1.4 50 mm, its all I use at this point.. Think its ok to use that?


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