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FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Weddings & Other Family Events 
Thread started 12 Jul 2006 (Wednesday) 15:41
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Jul 12, 2006 15:41 |  #1

I am currently interested in all areas of photography but split between what to follow as my main field, as the hobby becomes more serious.

I have been given the opportunity to follow as a second shooter for a local pro "just to get the feel of a wedding" without the stress of something going wrong, obviously this is unpaid but i feel it will be a huge step in my learning curve.

All i currently own is the equipment listed below (ohh and a 550EX+diffuser) that is on its way, will this be enough for a second shooter just to get the feel of a wedding or do you think i could end up frustrated as to the lack of a good lens.

(Just noticed this should be in "Talk about wedding photography" ) sorry could a mod please move it.

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Jul 12, 2006 18:44 |  #2

Sure, the 28-135 IS with the 550EX will be fine for 2nd shooting. Your problems might come in low light, because it's not a very fast lens, but IS will compensate a little.

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Jul 12, 2006 21:53 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

The nice thing about second shooting is you can practice without worrying about your gear so much. The photos you come up with are merely a bonus. You'll do fine with that setup. I shot weddings with a 17-85 for a while with no problems.

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Jul 13, 2006 00:58 |  #4

I'd say go for it, I also shoot with a 350D and love it.

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Jul 14, 2006 01:10 as a reply to  @ Su-Hannie's post |  #5

Yes yes yes. Do it! I wish I could have done this before I started getting into wedding stuff.

I am in the same spot as you right now. I am not yet a pro and have much to learn, but I am currently trying to find my place in the world of photographers, so I vowed to do AT LEAST one free job in every field, so that I can get the feel and figure out what works best for me. I learn something new with every session I do. (external link)

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