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. 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/featur...l#.TyDfDoHNlGU
Any other tips or suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks.
I just found out that I can rent equipment from our local photography shop! I'm now thinking I will rent the SB-900 and the 24-70mm f/2.8G. I will feel more confident having the wider A in such low lighting conditions. Also if I feel like I didn't capture enough quality photos, I won't feel bad that I got new equipment out of it, and them not have a lot to show for it. I will need to rent it and play around with it all a few times before the big day to be sure. And I have another friend that's an amateur photographer that I think can be my "assistant" taking additional shots... I'm thinking I might want to look into a handheld meter, too.
I still need to work on taking night shots. I have a little over 3 months to research and practice. Geez I'm already nervous. Maybe I should talk her into a professional. ?
I'm in your exact same boat with a wedding and i have the exact same lenses. LOL If they accept my offer i plan to buy a speedlight and get lots of practice with it beforehand so i know how to use it. The wedding will be in a dimly lit church in the late afternoon...Ahh! Anyways. I plan to buy the speedlight with the deposit, and then maybe buy an 85mm with my own funds since i want one anyways. You should always have a good zoom lens for weddings since you don't want to be in their face during the ceremony. I plan to rent a 70-200mm F/2.8 for $40 from my camera store for zooming needs since i will never have $1600 saved up for it, LOL. I would def. grab a good zoom lens for rent if possible and buy the 85mm if you want it anyways.
I would suggest renting the equipment needed. Also, rent it ahead of time so that you can get some practice in (especiallly a speedlite if you plan on using one).
I would highly suggest not using a variable ap lens, when you've got to change your settings quickly you don't want to have to deal with worrying about that ap.
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Your 35mm 1.8 will be great for nighttime shots. I've used it with my SB-600 when photographying my company party and weddings. You might rent a wide angle lens as well, especially for the ceremony itself. I personally like my SB-600 and wouldn't spend more money for a higher model. You will probably want a decent tripod for the formal ceremony shots, just in case you can't get close enough to use the flash or its not permitted. A diffuser is a good idea--I've got a cheap one that goes over my flash. I've never yet worked with gels or anything like the link you showed.
Have a great time shooting. I look forward to seeing the photos!
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
Mine was indoors and I know I didn't do great, but they were pleased. I have no advice, but I want to say GOOD LUCK!
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy