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Tips to shoot a baptism?

 
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Sep 12, 2008 10:45 |  #1

Finally the first chance to shoot an event has arrived. I'll be shooting a baptism for free next Saturday, so I think it could be a good chance to practice.
The baptism will take place in a catholic church(flash is allowed). My gear is just a 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 and 3 Vivitar 285HV.
My questions are:
-I don't feel that comfortable with the use of flash yet, should I just leave it at home and try to shoot just with available light or rent a 580EX II?
-If I decided to shoot just with available light which lens would you rent; Canon 17-55 IS or Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS?
-Besides formals and ceremony pictures, what else should I shoot?
-During the ceremony is better shooting really close or use the long zoom?

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Sep 12, 2008 10:48 |  #2

your most likely gunna want a flash... there is some movement in the ceremony and the lighting isnt that good. so i say get a flash. its up to you.


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Sep 12, 2008 10:50 |  #3

i would go to the church, and check out what kind of lighting youll have at that time of day.. and makeour choice on flash then. your 40D is super capeable. and i think your tamron 17-50 would be really nice..

i dont think you will have to rely on the flash that much.. but i would go to the church and check it out. take a few practice shots just to see what your best settings are.

i might even take both lenses so you can make that choice from there if you want to get in close or not.. but i think you will be ok with the lens set up you have now.. i wouldnt spend money if you arent making any.




  
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Sep 12, 2008 10:57 as a reply to  @ shannyD's post |  #4

I'm going to check the church this afternoon or tomorrow. I'm guessing the light inside won't be that much and that's maybe the reason they allow flash.
I'll take some pictures with and without flash. I was thinking of using the long zoom so I don't bother the ceremony shooting that close.


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Sep 12, 2008 11:28 |  #5

yeah i was going to suggest thqt.. but i would bring both.. so you dont wish you would have brought the other instead. you know?

but for sure check it out. and make sure you get your settings right.. bring someone with you, and see if you can use them as a test subject, that way you can make sure and double sure.




  
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Sep 13, 2008 14:25 as a reply to  @ shannyD's post |  #6

I went to check the church this morning. I took these pictures with just available light. What do you think? Is that a poor light scene?
I really didn't like the ones with flash. I think I'll be close to the 10 ft limit and just shooting from behind. If I rent a 70-200mm 2.8 IS, do you think I would be able to slow my shutter speed lower than my Tammy 17-55mm?

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Sep 16, 2008 10:12 as a reply to  @ 0(ʹͦˋ¿ˊͦˋ)0's post |  #7

Nobody? Well I think I'll shoot without flash with just my tamron 17-50.
I think I'll get some blurry pictures. Hopefully I'll get a some good pictures.


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Sep 16, 2008 10:13 |  #8

Thye are nice.. but alittle noisey.... can you post the exif data?


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Sep 16, 2008 10:18 as a reply to  @ canonnoob's post |  #9

Aperture: 2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO: 1600

And I used a whibal to setup white balance.
They look noisey . I'm just worried about blurry pictures using that shutter speed. I don't know if a 17-55mm with IS will help


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Sep 16, 2008 10:21 |  #10

well.... your iso is really high.... so your gunna get a decent amount of noise... do you plan on printing for these people?


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Sep 16, 2008 10:24 as a reply to  @ canonnoob's post |  #11

Yes. What do you think? should I use flash anyways? Or rent some lens with IS that help me to use ISO 800?


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Sep 16, 2008 10:27 |  #12

i say rent for IS but you need to learn how to use your camera still whne you cant rent one...


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Sep 16, 2008 10:28 |  #13

yeah use your flash, lower your iso to 400 if possible or lower. and do some more test shots again. i would play with 3x5 white index card to bounce because those ceilings are huge. but i like the shots you took anyway. if it were a straight artistic thing, longer exposure would have been great... but since you will have movement of people and such.. you dont want that much blur. you would rather have more keepers than not.




  
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Sep 16, 2008 10:31 as a reply to  @ 0(ʹͦˋ¿ˊͦˋ)0's post |  #14

this pictures was using flash:

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Sep 16, 2008 10:34 as a reply to  @ 0(ʹͦˋ¿ˊͦˋ)0's post |  #15

Well I don't like the way pictures look with flash(maybe the ceiling being so high) but you're right I'll get more keepers.


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