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Jun 15, 2007 08:57 |  #1

And the rehersal tonight. Any last minute advice? I'm shooting with a 30D, 24-105 L IS, 70-200 f/2.8, 550EX, with backup lenses but no backup body or flash (wasn't getting paid enough and all of my friends are shooting this weekend as well). Also have a battery pack for the flash to help recycle times. 8GB memory (4 x 1GB + 2 x 2GB). I'm pumped!


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Jun 15, 2007 09:04 |  #2
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Make sure you have everything ready. I do something like this:

1. Charge all my batteries.
2. Format CF cards.
3. Clean camera sensor and lenses thoroughly.
4. Pack your camera bag.
5. Make sure you put some water and energy bars in your bag. You won't get a chance to eat, more than likely.
6. Iron your clothes and polish your shoes to make a good impression.
7. Tuck some business cards in your pocket to give to guests that ask about your services.



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Jun 15, 2007 09:44 |  #3

Polish your shoes... :)


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Jun 15, 2007 09:48 |  #4
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sando wrote in post #3382110 (external link)
Polish your shoes... :)

Why not? I go over mine with a polishing sponge. Don't want to be ratty looking at a wedding. :)



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Jun 15, 2007 09:53 |  #5

seriously though.. take some bars!!! and water! your gonna need it.


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Jun 15, 2007 10:06 |  #6

Yeah... food and water is another must! :)

Make sure tonoght all your equipment is working right.


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Jun 15, 2007 10:29 |  #7

Double check your settings and take a couple of test shots when you arrive tomorrow and most of all have a good time. People will respond to your energy... so stay pumped!!!


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Jun 15, 2007 10:58 |  #8

getabetterpic wrote in post #3381906 (external link)
And the rehersal tonight. Any last minute advice? I'm shooting with a 30D, 24-105 L IS, 70-200 f/2.8, 550EX, with backup lenses but no backup body or flash (wasn't getting paid enough and all of my friends are shooting this weekend as well). Also have a battery pack for the flash to help recycle times. 8GB memory (4 x 1GB + 2 x 2GB). I'm pumped!


Maybe this is just me, but for me 8gb wouldn't be enough for me (depending how often you like to hit that shutter). If you shoot raw, that's about, 800 pics or so. I think everyone here would agree for you to shoot raw. Saved your butt in the long run.

I shot my first wedding last weekend, and i was there from 2-8pm (got there at 2:00 to set-up, was taking shots of the church, alter, ect till 3, took shots of bride and groom from 3-4:15, 4:15 was the wedding, then formals and part of the reception). I shot 1200 photos, not including the 300 I shot at the rehersal and the rehersal dinner. Why so many photos? When they are comming down the isle, i'd snap anywhere between 3-6 shots to make sure I got something that's useable. When doing formals i'd shot 3 shots at each focal length (close, med, far).

I suggest bringing a step ladder if the church doesn't have a balcony. I'm a 5'2 lady and this was very helpful last week when shoot the large formal pictures.


If they are having the rehersal tonight call and ask and see if you can go. I was glad I went to my rehersal. i thought i would only need to shoot +1 flash on my 430x, but it turns out that was the case only in certain parts of the church, otherparts i needed +2. And also because I went to the rehersal I was able to convince the wedding party to pause at the 6th pew so I could snap off several shots. this worked out great, I had shots of everyone, and it made my job alot easier since i didn't have to search for my subject in my focal plane. They were just right there, at the 6th pew. Also, you want to find out any church flash photography restrictions if they have any


This is what i brought:

-Canon Rebel XTI and Kit lens
-XTI battery grip (fits 2 canon batteries or 6X AA's)
-5 camera batteries ( 3 canon, 2 off-brand)
-4 sets of rechargeable Nihms plus chargers (only went through 2 sets of batteries and I switched b/c the recycling time slowed)
-12 Gb of memory cards ( 2 X 1gb, 2 X 2gb, 2X 4gb)
-speedlite 430x flash
-my back-up film SLR that fits all of my ef lenses (canon rebel G)
-50mm f1.8-4.0
-75-300mm 4-4.5.6
-UV filter (3)
-FDL filter (never used)
-4 rolls of 800 ISO film (in case the digital SLR failed)
-Battery grip for canon rebel G
-Camera bracket
-Flash cord


Did I over pack? Probably. Did I run into any trouble- no, but if i did, I safely had a back-up. if you have an old slr, I'd pack it.




  
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Jun 15, 2007 14:07 |  #9

Yeah, I've got an Elan IIe body that I used to shoot with. Guess I need to pick up a battery for it, just in case. And thanks for the water and energy bar tips, I probably wouldn't have thought of that.


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Jun 15, 2007 16:44 |  #10
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And get a good night's sleep. You'll need the energy. :)



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Jun 15, 2007 19:32 |  #11
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Start shooting as soon as you arrive and work hard to get in the flow.

Always takes me 20-30 minutes before I'm really in the zone. My first shots are usually rubbish.


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Jun 15, 2007 20:07 |  #12

Write a cheat sheet with all the must have shots.


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Jun 15, 2007 20:10 |  #13

a list of shots is a must for me, I really will forget once I'm in my groove.


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Jun 15, 2007 20:27 |  #14

I shot 3GB of wedding photos at the wedding on Saturday - 464 in total. Wider angle lenses would have been useful.


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