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Shot my 1st wedding........

 
Phil_0816
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Oct 10, 2010 08:30 |  #1

on Friday night. Instead of posting the proverbial "HolySh!tI'mshootingmy 1stweddingpleasehelpme​rightnow" threads, I read some of the posts here from some of you folks that do this regularly along with a book or 2. The bride is a good friend and was very forewarned that I'm not a professional and haven't done this before. Still insisted on me shooting it. Although I'm fairly happy, there were some disappointments. Here is the list of equip I had: 7D, T1i, 17-55 f/2.8, 24-105 f/4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200 f/2.8 and a 580EX II flash.

Things I learned:
This church was very poorly lit. Tall stained glass windows floor to ceiling behind altar about a ft or so wide. Worked out okay for ceremony anyways other than the different colors of the glass. (Facing the west for a 6p ceremony)

The lens you plan on using for shooting the ceremony, carry 2 of them, if not 3. My beloved 17-55 f/2.8 IS was a PIA Fri night.

Use your tripod more than you have planned to use it. (The dark church required a slow shutter speed even shooting at 800-1600 ISO)

I wish I would've had a 30mm instead of my 50mm or 85mm for the ceremony.

There were various other things I learned but these were the main points.

The biggest thing I learned--You professional, do-it-every-weekend, wedding photographers earn every penny you charge!

Before anybody asks to see photos, it will be 2 weeks before the B&G are back and get them. They will get them 1st and before anybody else sees them. Maybe can post a few after that for C&C.




  
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Oct 10, 2010 08:44 |  #2

Great gear to use for a first wedding! Indoor ceremony shots are my least favorite, you work with what you got! Congrats. Can't wait to see how you did. One down. :)


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Oct 10, 2010 18:31 |  #3

I shot my first wedding this weekend too, and also for a friend. I too, warned my friend that I'm not a professional and haven't done this before, and had some dissapointments myself.
In poorly lit areas I had to bump up my ISO and now that I'm editing, I am wondering what do people do with super grainy high ISO pics? What kind of post processing can fix that? I have been using my blur tool, but there has to be other tricks for this? Are you coming across the same problem?




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Oct 10, 2010 18:35 |  #4

MomTo2 wrote in post #11070575 (external link)
I shot my first wedding this weekend too, and also for a friend. I too, warned my friend that I'm not a professional and haven't done this before, and had some dissapointments myself.
In poorly lit areas I had to bump up my ISO and now that I'm editing, I am wondering what do people do with super grainy high ISO pics? What kind of post processing can fix that? I have been using my blur tool, but there has to be other tricks for this? Are you coming across the same problem?

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Oct 10, 2010 18:42 |  #5

Yes I have some grainy pics but thet are mostly from the dance floor at the reception. I have some blur issues from such slow shutter speeds to keep the pics from being to dark. The lowest ISO I shot all day was 800 except for a few outside pics. The 1600 ISO shots aren't bad (which is where I was for all the ceremony). The 3200 ISO from the reception were grainy a bit.




  
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Oct 10, 2010 18:43 |  #6

wdwpsu wrote in post #11070598 (external link)
Nik Dfine/Noise Ninja/LR 3/Photoshop CS5... All preferred over the <cringe> blur tool.

LR 2.7 as well?? Thats what I currently have, may have to download upgrades.




  
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Oct 10, 2010 18:46 |  #7

I'm a fan of Topaz Denoise as well.


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Oct 10, 2010 19:43 |  #8

wdwpsu wrote in post #11070598 (external link)
Nik Dfine/Noise Ninja/LR 3/Photoshop CS5... All preferred over the <cringe> blur tool.

I'm working with elements 6.0... I know... but it's all I've got for now. :oops:
Never heard of Nik Dfine or Noise Ninja?




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Oct 10, 2010 20:00 |  #9

Phil_0816 wrote in post #11070642 (external link)
The 1600 ISO shots aren't bad (which is where I was for all the ceremony).

What shutter speed/AV/Focal length were you using w/ 1600? Any time I use anything higher than ISO 800 I get noisy pics. I know there must be something that I just dont know yet (always learning).




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Oct 10, 2010 20:29 |  #10

I was shooting ISO6400 for the ceremony yesterday... luckily my new cameras do better at 6400 than my old cameras did at 1600 :)


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Oct 11, 2010 09:26 |  #11

For any grainy photos that are beyond NR plugin, I would convert to B/W.




  
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Oct 12, 2010 00:27 |  #12

Phil_0816 wrote in post #11067988 (external link)
The biggest thing I learned--You professional, do-it-every-weekend, wedding photographers earn every penny you charge!

wholeheartedly agree! like a few others in this thread i shot my first wedding (as primary photog) a couple of weeks ago also for acquaintances - and i absolutely loved it! definitely more stressful than any other shoot ive done but i got the biggest buzz out of it! like the travel buzz people get? anyway i want to do more! :P

my brother was 2nd shooting and had his iso up too high a fair bit but this one was one of my favorites! i think i only used a minor amount of nr

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Oct 12, 2010 09:01 |  #13

MomTo2 wrote in post #11071131 (external link)
What shutter speed/AV/Focal length were you using w/ 1600? Any time I use anything higher than ISO 800 I get noisy pics. I know there must be something that I just dont know yet (always learning).

The secret to low-noise high-ISO shots is to expose to the right http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorial​s/expose-right.shtml (external link). If you have the exposure settings you need/want for the shot (shutter speed, f-stop) but the shot will be too dark, raise the ISO https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=744235.


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Oct 12, 2010 09:38 |  #14

Phil_0816 wrote in post #11067988 (external link)
Use your tripod more than you have planned to use it. (The dark church required a slow shutter speed even shooting at 800-1600 ISO)

I quit using that blasted tripod... :) one less thing to carry around.


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Oct 12, 2010 18:43 |  #15

Congrats Phil. Now that your cherry has been popped ...

Its amazing how much I've learned and progressed since my first wedding a few months ago.


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