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Upcoming Baptism, Need help on equipment and technique

 
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Jan 30, 2008 14:29 |  #1

My daughter is being baptized at the end of the month and I would like to shoot the pictures. I am very new to the DSLR world and have a XTI with the nifty fifty lens (50 F1.8)

The priest does not allow flash photography inside the church. I was thinking of shooting RAW and Jpeg together. Just in case some of the shots are dark.

My questions are:
1) is the nifty fifty good enough for this shoot or should I rent a lens for the day. I would like to be able to get closer without having to get closer with my feet. I was thinking of the 24-70/F2.8L lens ($35 /day)

2)Which mode should I be shooting indoors with?

Any advice to help me make sure I capture this day for eternity would be greatful.

John:)




  
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Jan 30, 2008 16:42 |  #2

With the 24-70, I still don't think you'll be able to get close enough. Look into renting the 70-200 2.8 IS.

I've shot a couple of baptisms with my 70-200 2.8 IS using a monopod to keep steady. I normally shoot RAW and convert afterwards. More flexibility for post processing.

I shoot in Aperture priority at 2.8 with spot metering.


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Jan 30, 2008 22:34 |  #3

The 70-200 f2.8 IS is a good suggestion. Don't forget to bump up the ISO if needed. Is there any way you can get into the church and take some practice shots before the ceremony. That way you can get a feel for where you'll be standing, what lens you might need, how much light will be available, etc. Then you can tweak your settings so they are very close to what you'll need when the event happens.

Contratulations on the Baptism by the way.


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Jan 31, 2008 07:03 |  #4

Is there any way you can get into the church and take some practice shots before the ceremony.

Great advice! It's not as if we know what conditions are in there.

Don't forget to bump up the ISO if needed.

And don't be afraid to bump it enough.
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Jan 31, 2008 08:21 |  #5

Also get a WB card, Church's are notorious for bad lighting. Bump up your ISO to 800, 1600 is a bit high for these bodies and shoot in RAW. RAW will give you a few stops to play with.
I shot a baptism with my XTI no flash using the 50mm 1.4 and was pleased with the output.




  
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Feb 01, 2008 09:01 |  #6

Also get a WB card,

You really don't need to buy a gray card. If you shoot white paper ON THE METER READING, it will photograph gray, just what the cam needs for Custom WB. Use that exposure for the WB set-up.
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Feb 01, 2008 20:16 |  #7

Not that I know much about any of this, but would 2.8 really be fast enough in a low-light situation without flash???


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Feb 01, 2008 22:49 |  #8

Mum2J&M wrote in post #4833232 (external link)
Not that I know much about any of this, but would 2.8 really be fast enough in a low-light situation without flash???

It depends on the light. That's why it would be a good idea to check out the lighting in the church before the shoot. I will tell you that with my 2.8, IS and 1600 ISO, you can shoot in some pretty dark places. Remember, this is not like shooting a basketball game where the subjects will be moving quickly.


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Feb 02, 2008 20:14 as a reply to  @ Zonieart's post |  #9

I have been shooting baptisms for my church for the past year. I am blessed to have large windows inside so lighting is normally acceptable. I normally shoot RAW around 1/50 at f/2.8 with ISO at 800. Some advice would be to let someone else take the picture and have them sit in the front row like I do. I always use my 17-55 and I start off by taking a shot of everybody on the stage. Then I change the drive to high speed (5 fps) and let it go during the actual blessing. Here is one I took a few months ago.



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Feb 15, 2008 11:33 as a reply to  @ Midlife Crisis's post |  #10

Thanks everyone for your help. I decided to go with the 24-70 lens for the baptism. I have already told me family we are getting to the church early to sit in the first couple of pews.

The 70-200 just seemed too big and unwielding for me. I'm going to be nimble on the big day and make sure I'm close enough to get all the 'actions shots'. I also like the idea of shooting Raw, just in case I need to recover some keepers.

I love the idea that a newby can ask a 'simple' question and get the collective wisdom of experience. Thanks again to everyone that responded!!!

:):)John:):)




  
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Feb 15, 2008 12:51 |  #11

Great my son is getting baptised shortly in the future. I have the 17-55 and hope to get semi decent pics. I will have to have someone else use the camera though. As the daddy I need to be by the water and the babe.


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