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So I've been twisted into shooting a wedding

 
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Sep 12, 2011 17:49 |  #1

So a close friend of mine is getting married in December and I've been twisted into doing the photography for them and having never done something like this im a bit nervous.
My equipment is a 30D, 7D, 430EX, lens wise i have the 10-22, 17-40, 50 f/1.4, 135 f/2, 180L and 70-200 f4 IS.
I've been considering getting a 85 f/1.8 for a while now and figure this is a good time to justify it, Any thoughts?

So my current plan is having both bodies on the go at once during the ceremony, at other times i think im correct in saying one body should be sufficient? Any tips for lenses to be using from my selection and when/if im allowed to use flash?

I had a friend shoot a wedding not long ago and all he has said to me was 'never again' so im brimming with confidence!;)

Any other tips i should be aware of?




  
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Sep 12, 2011 17:53 |  #2

Let's see, tips -- Well, be ready for a very long day of work, because it will be a job, and you will miss all of the fun if you are working properly.

Because it is work, be aware that it is beyond a gift; you will miss the event.


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Sep 12, 2011 18:26 |  #3

17-55 F2.8 IS will be a good lens for a beginner.

Like Sam says, you'll be working all day and you won't get to be part of the day, and you'll spend 2-5 full days on processing if you want to do a good job. How many other people are giving them a $4000 wedding present?


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Sep 12, 2011 18:38 |  #4

And that is about right -- Around here (PA, USA) $3,500 ex rehearsal dinner is spot-on.

If you want to limit how bad this gets, agree to shoot very specific things and no posing -- e.g. prep, ceremony, first dances, tossing of the garter etc. and that's it.

By the by, get brand new memory cards to try to make sure you don't lose anything, takes tons of batteries for the flash, drink zero alcohol while shooting (dehydration, more than impairment).........


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Sep 12, 2011 19:54 |  #5

How do brand new memory cards reduce risks? I prefer to use my tried and tested cards, but I do have 40GB of reliable cards that are 2 years old or less.

Before you use any new memory card you can test it (external link) to make sure it works fine.


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Sep 12, 2011 20:13 |  #6

Just a general tip to keep OP safer than most. You are of course correct if the cards are not too old and have been stored and transported properly. Interesting test idea.

It is top of mind for OP since not only could he miss the day, work a great deal, but if a card failed, then it would be really really bad.


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Sep 12, 2011 23:07 |  #7

I just did my first for a friend, and it is hard, goes by lightning quick, and there are no second chances. If you don't need or really want another lens, don't spend the $ on something else for their wedding - rest assured your services are worth a lot of money.

Myself, I rented a 5d and a 24-70 for the day, because I wanted to try the 5d, and the lens too, ha.

One body is not sufficient. Have two mounted and ready. If something locks up you need backup and you need it fast. I used the 24-70 on the 5d and my 70-200 on my 7d and switched easily between long and tight shots.

One other piece of advice that may help is to go over a checklist with the couple, to see what shots they want.

Things like, bride leaving house. Bride leaving limo. Rings. Cake. Flowers. Bride with family. Groom with family. Bride with bridesmaids. Groomsmen. BG with each set of parents, different combos of siblings, etc. Ceremony is hard bc you have to be in two or more places at once to get each version of vows and ring exchange. Bride with father/aisle escort. Groom shaking dad's hand. Bride hugging parents. All that stuff goes by so fast, and in my case, in rapidly changing light. If you can, get an idea from them, and the church or other officiator where you are and aren't allowed to go. Some don't want people on the alter, making your angles better pre-planned. Some don't want flash, or restrict it to non prayer or homily, etc.

I was all polite and turned off all my focus beeps, and didn't shoot (per request) during prayers and homily, and some dingleberry in the audience STOOD UP with a P&S during the prayer and took flashing, beeping shots. Argh. So, that's my story, lol.


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Sep 13, 2011 02:26 |  #8

S.Horton wrote in post #13092345 (external link)
By the by, get brand new memory cards to try to make sure you don't lose anything

Why not buy a new camera too, one with two card slots? :rolleyes:

Oh and a new computer with new hard drives for processing?


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Sep 14, 2011 04:27 |  #9

Thanks for the replies guys.

Tim, there is some wonderful advice in your sig, ive spent much time reading it and will spent much more time re reading it closer to the time.


Im meeting the bride this weekend and will work out the plan of attack from there.

And a new computer sounds freaking amazing! The one i have now is going on 5 years old now, its getting hard to find new stuff thats compatible with it (ie, RAM). Ive noticed a definate increase in processing times going from tthe 30D-7D simply due to the computer not liking the larger files!




  
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