getabetterpic wrote in post #3381906
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)
-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
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.