One of my best friends is getting married in May. After talking to her tonight, we decided that instead of being in the wedding, that I will be her photographer. :eek: They are on a small budget, and she always thinks my pictures are fabulous--even though I know they are most definitely flawed. We both know that my pictures aren't professional quality, but I want to make sure that I am as prepared as I can be to take the best pictures I possibly can. I do have some ideas that I'm excited to try...
So I need some advice on what kind of lens to use, as well as some pointers on how to take pictures under the lighting circumstances of the ceremony. It will be a nighttime wedding in May. Decorations will be Christmas lights in the trees, candles on the tabletops, and the bridesmaids will be carrying lanterns instead of flowers. As far as other lighting, it will depend on which venue they decide on-- the decision is supposed to be made next week. At this point I am assuming very minimal lighting.
I have the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G G VR that came with my camera, (as well as the 35mm f/1.8 ). Do you think that they would work well enough, or should I think of getting the 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR , or perhaps another prime lens-- such as the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G, or the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G? (If one of these other lenses would be better, the purchase of it will be part of my payment.)
I know I will most definitely need to get a speedlight for this. I am thinking of the Nikon SB-700..... I'm worried about making sure the light isn't too harsh though. My only experiences with flash are the built in pop ups. Ick. Will I need to purchase a diffuser such as this one?--http://www.garyfongestore.com/featured-products/lightsphere-collapsible-pro-kit.html#.TyDfDoHNlGU
Any other tips or suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks.