CanonYouCan wrote in post #17764365
Which prime would you advise on a 6D full frame on top of the 24-70/70-200 for shots at the hairdresser,getting ready,church? The 50 1.4 Art or 85 1.2L mkI ?
Did you also work with a shotlist to remember all poses/combinations of family members the first time?
Any tips for best positions in the church, at the back somewhere hidden not to bother the audience too much?
If this is the first time, those 2 lenses are all you need - keep it simple - assuming they are F2.8.
In terms of answering your questions:
- the issue with the 85, if it is your one fast prime, is not just FoV, which can be very tight in tight spaces, it is also minimum focus distance
- for example, bride is getting hair done and you want to get in close for an artistic eyelash shot, etc, etc - hard to do (not impossible) with the 85L - you can do it with the 100L however - thus I would swap out the 70-200, put on the 100L and keep the 24-70 on the other camera. If you were a Prime person then 35/100 or 50/100 at this point is perfect
- 24-70 on one camera, 50 1.4 on the other if light is poor or looking for Shallow Depth of Field shot
- if space allows, keep the 70-200 on for narrow FoV and compression
- can also use the 135L at F2 on 2nd camera if space allows
- if this is the time where you are getting that wedding dress money shot, then portable softbox / umbrella is nice to have
- poor lighting 50 1.4 is good but 35 1.4 or even 24 1.4 are better for short lenses - allows you to capture far larger FoV
- other lens in a church should be 70-200 or 135 F2 (but flexibility is key so giving up the 70-200 is a very tough choice and not advisable on your first gig)
Shot list / Family Members
- definitely have this is your pocket - it will make you feel better - but also go with the flow when necessary
- have the bride send you a list of her and groom's family that will be in pictures, who they are and how it all fits together, if anyone is divorced, people that might not get along, etc, and how she wants pictures / groups to fit together
- start with bride and groom, and then build up from there starting with the bride's side of the family
- after bride's side is done, keep the parents around ask the groom's parents to join as the transition picture and then the bride's parents can leave and you build up the groom side
- to make it go fast, try and have the bride move as little as possible and have people move around her
- get the rules where you are allowed to be
- it is your job to get the shots - get them
- Front of the Church with 70-200 and AI Servo getting everyone walking towards you
- if you then have time, or remote camera, or second shooter, shot from back of church with bride walking down aisle from behind - especially if she has a beautiful dress and the church is beautiful
- snap a few of the groom as bride is walking in - and also parent's / family faces looking at her (these are golden - especially older relatives)
- shoot at the bride when groom is speaking and at groom when bride is speaking
- when people are seated shoot the family members watching the ceremony
- if you have to pick a side, pick the side so that you are shooting at the bride
- put your camera on quiet mode
- if there is an elevated section at the back, get up there to take an overview picture
- back of church / middle of aisle when they are walking down the aisle
Hockey and wedding photographer. Favourite camera / lens combos: a 1DX II with a Tamron 45 1.8 VC, an A7Rii with a Canon 24-70F2.8L II, and a 5DSR with a Tamron 85 1.8 VC. Every lens I own I strongly recommend [Canon (35Lii, 100L Macro, 24-70F2.8ii, 70-200F2.8ii, 100-400Lii), Tamron (45 1.8, 85 1.8), Sigma 24-105]. If there are better lenses out there let me know because I haven't found them.