Wedding Advice


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 20:19
Hi, My friends are getting married,they have just brought it forward to this month from October because the groom has cancer. Nobody is able to shoot the wedding because of the short notice. I feel bad about this and it has been suggested that I may shoot it! Otherwise its snapshots only. They are marrying in a register office very quietly.
I have a three legged thing tripod
Metz 48 flash [not so competent with this yet]
18-135 wr lens
100 wr
50 1.8 af
Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 20:34
Ask them for a list of the shots they would like
Get someone to assist in organising guests from that list ready for the shots (preferably another guest who knows everyone)

Those two will at least give you a bit of breathing space and help you concentrate on your photography
You also have to make yourself heard, when a group is arranged for the shot make them aware they should be looking at you and your camera and not Auntie Mabels or the Bridesmaids friends.

Leave the 100 and 50 at home, the 18-135 will suffice and changing lenses is one less thing to worry about.

EDIT: make that leave the 100 and 50 in the bag but forget them (just in case the worse happens and the 18-135 locks up)
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Last Edited by fatspider on 02/05/2015 - 20:36


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 20:42
Thanks Alan, its only a few weeks away!


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 22:41
You won't regret having more than enough spare (and charged) batteries for both the flash and the camera, and SD cards, too. Make sure to have them on you when the most important moments happen, not somewhere in the bag.

If you're not experienced with shooting portraits and couples, "practise" would be a good advice, but if you can't practice enough, try to shoot an engagement session with the couple sometimes before the wedding, if it's possible. Watch a couple of Jerry Ghionis lessons on the web beforehand (but it's easy to get overwhelmed with the info).

Don't point the flash directly at the people, unless you really have to. Use bounced flash as much as possible, bounce it off a white surface preferably. Camera in whatever mode you're comfortable shooting in, flash in P-TTL, 'cause manual flash can be too tough in a quickly-changing environment of the wedding.


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 22:48
Ditch using the Pentax 100mm except as a back-up. For any type of portrait (including wedding), the Pentax 100 is probably the second slowest focusing lens out there, second only to the Pentax FA50 macro


Link Posted 02/05/2015 - 23:11
Thanks guys I appreciate your words of advice.


Link Posted 03/05/2015 - 02:51
That's a lot of pressure that's been dumped on you.

I would lower their expectations so you under promise and over deliver.

I wouldn't worry about your 100mm you will need that for the b and g portraits. I would also take the 50mm to ideal for quick shots outside the church.

Good luck and keep smiling it will relax the b and g...
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Link Posted 03/05/2015 - 08:51
Back up camera body ?


Link Posted 03/05/2015 - 09:18
Remember it's possible to take a thousand bad shots if you're careless. Slow down, ask the couple to slow down and compose each shot as carefully as poss. Don't be afraid to stop the couple mid walk. Warn them in rehearsal that if they don't want a hundred snap shots, then they need to work with you. Attend rehearsal and practice.
Keep checking the screen - you may have twiddled something in the heat of the moment.
Get ready to set the camera to daylight settings as you walk out the door. Practice this.
The 100 on about f3.5 will make a lovely portrait or candid lens.
If it's dark and you're not allowed flash, you may need the 50, especially on a K3, but otherwise the zoom will be capable of doing the whole day.
Be ready for the kiss.
Take charge of the confetti line-up, and make the couple walk slowly!! (they will race towards you and it'll be over in a flash)
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Link Posted 03/05/2015 - 12:57
I only have one body.
I spoke to them, B &G,today, and we are going to arrange to meet up and take some engagement shots.
I appreciate all the advice and am going to be practicing like mad.


Link Posted 04/05/2015 - 20:54
You should also shoot RAW so you have flexibility with duff exposures, if your not au-fait with processing RAW files then at least set the camera to shoot RAW+, then if any of the jpegs are duff you'll at least have the RAW file to fall back on.

I'll also second Cabstars recommendation to lower the couples expectations, make it very clear you are not a professional.
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Last Edited by fatspider on 04/05/2015 - 20:57


Link Posted 05/05/2015 - 16:43
+1 for shooting RAW or RAW+JPEG . Under pressure, all sorts of things can happen, so a RAW file is your fallback, pretty much guarantees you get a usable result.


Link Posted 08/05/2015 - 10:08
I sent an enquiry to the register office they said no flash and only one photographer in the room until the staged signing of the register. No photos of the legal words and minimal moving around the room. I have also been advised to use auto?


Link Posted 08/05/2015 - 10:50
Does SRS (or another company) not offer a rental service? It would be sad if the K3 gives up and you can't continue.

If you don't have a diffuser or flash bender for your flash, get one and practice with it.

Good luck.
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Link Posted 08/05/2015 - 11:39
There's a lot to be said for using auto. I've never done it, but sometimes when I see I've made a gaff, I wonder if I should have just used auto and concentrated on the picture
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