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Jul 01, 2017 07:21 |  #1

Friends are getting married in 3 weeks time and they recently found out their photographer has double booked and is unable to do their wedding. No one else is available in the area for that date.
They know I'm into photography and made enquiries if I'd be willing take some photos. I've said yes as I want it to be one less thing for them to worry about - but I've made it perfectly clear that I'm not a 'people' photographer usually. I do landscape, wildlife, night sky etc. But I'll do research and try my best to make it work.
I'm not a pro, I've never made any money from my photos and have never wanted to. And I'm not asking anything for this.

So basically, I'm now panicing but also rather excited - and need advice.
I only have one body - the 6D. Should I try and borrow another body? It would probably be a crop sensor like a Rebel xx if I can borrow one.
What lenses are recommended. I have the 16-35 and 24-105 and I'm thinking they should cover most scenarios. Would a 70-200 f/2.8 be beneficial? The nifty 50 will be in the bag too.
I have my 100-400 but I'm thinking that may be overkill.

Need to practice with the 430EX flash so I'm more comfortable with that too.

Any advice greatly appreciated.




  
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Jul 02, 2017 10:20 |  #2

I agree, the 100-400 would be too much. Definitely, the nifty fifty for low light. Do you have flash to boost natural?
Make sure you generate a list of 'must get' shots. Lots of lists available on internet & review with couple to help meet expectations.




  
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Jul 03, 2017 14:25 |  #3

See if you can't rent what you might need, call around .. I dunno about Canada, but when I fly to Hawaii, I rent what I can't bring ....
By looking at your Gallery alone, I have a lot of faith that you'll do well ... get an itinerary from the Bride and look at a lot of photos on the net lol!

G'luck man ... you got this .. :-D


  
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Jul 03, 2017 14:39 |  #4

Plan, plan, plan.

Get the itinerary and plan out where you have to be and when. Make sure someone texts you when it changes at the last minute.

Have back-ups for everything.


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Jul 03, 2017 14:57 |  #5

As a wedding veteran, I offer the following bits of wisdom...


  • 24-105mm will be just perfect for use to cover 90 to 95+% of FF format shots
  • Do not borrow or rent a camera model for which you are NOT already INTIMATELY FAMILIAR...a wedding is not the place to have the problem, "I wonder how I get this camera to do ...(whatever)"
  • You have one of the finest high-ISO low noise cameras, which makes up for not having f/2.8 lenses
  • DON"T get really close to individuals/groups and shoot at 24mm, it is far too prone to allowing you to induce perspective distortion, which exaggerates the size of the closest body parts


On the topic of induced perspective distortion...
IMAGE: http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i63/wiltonw/Principles/InducedPerspectiveDistortion_zpsghwc0i3p.jpg
...Ann and Andy are identical in size, but in this photo Ann looks to be twice as large (and 4X the bulk)...Imagine Ann is an amble-bodied lady next to her Jack Sprat husband, she would not be happy with the photo! Ann's right hand appears twice the bulk of her left hand...imagine how the exaggeration to busom size would look.

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Jul 03, 2017 14:58 |  #6

When I did weddings, it was with a Hasselblad and three lenses, the 50mm, 80mm and 150mm. Lessee - what's the crop factor for that? ;-)a Never mind, with your 6D you should be able to do most with a 50 and 80mm, and 28 to 35mm for tight shots inside. Of course if you want to get creative, there is no limit to what you might need. But for most shots, you are more than covered. Almost all my indoor shots were with flash, so I did not need fast lenses. The main exception was the shot of the bride at the window.

If you have any influence over timing, ask for there to be sufficient time for picture taking. Many weddings are rushed because of optimistic planning, and that stresses everybody out. Photos taken under stress won't be the best.


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Jul 03, 2017 16:55 |  #7

Thank you so much for all the replies - you're helping to ease my tension slightly..




  
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Nov 18, 2017 14:04 |  #8

rob28 wrote in post #18393503 (external link)
Thank you so much for all the replies - you're helping to ease my tension slightly..

So how did this turn out?


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Nov 19, 2017 08:19 |  #9

It was certainly a learning curve. I wish I'd had more experience as there were times I was in the wrong location or had the wrong lens on.
You can see why people say about being an assistant first..

Anyway, the bridge and groom were very happy with the results and we're still friends.

The album - it's basically a chronological memory of the day. Some good, some bad but hopefully all will make the happy couple smile.
https://www.flickr.com​/gp/66527685@N07/Ar00A​8 (external link)




  
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Nov 19, 2017 09:53 |  #10

Wow, Excellent work!

I imagine the day was a bit stressful, but you got a great result.


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Nov 21, 2017 17:41 |  #11

Amazing work for a first time. A few unusual shots (head up dress, and what did the groom put in the brides mouth?) Loved the grumpy mother escorting her daughter down the aisle too, though not one I'd give to the couple. Very well done. Give yourself a big pat on the back.


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Nov 22, 2017 12:24 |  #12

Nice! I'm sure that the bride and groom are quite pleased.


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Nov 22, 2017 12:42 |  #13

It seems that you can't view the album without a Flickr account?


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Nov 23, 2017 06:57 |  #14

OhLook wrote in post #18501989 (external link)
It seems that you can't view the album without a Flickr account?

That's not true. You can view it.


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Nov 23, 2017 10:13 |  #15

Colin Glover wrote in post #18502528 (external link)
That's not true. You can view it.

"Show more" doesn't get me there. Where to next?


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