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Wedding question

When you shoot weddings, do u work in manual or a different mode? I'm just trying to figure out how you get all the fast action going on.

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I'm not sure we have anyone here that shoots weddings.

BUT, I'd wager it varies from person to person. The only photog I've ever seen work a wedding was working in manual the entire time.

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Great question! I am doing my cousins wedding this summer or next (I hope next so I have more practice). I did her sisters a few summers ago, and she LOVED them. But it's not like she could beat the price... free! They were no pro pictures, but for not really knowing what I was doing, and I was still on my film SLR, she loved them.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Great question! I am doing my cousins wedding this summer or next (I hope next so I have more practice). I did her sisters a few summers ago, and she LOVED them. But it's not like she could beat the price... free! They were no pro pictures, but for not really knowing what I was doing, and I was still on my film SLR, she loved them.

I have a wedding to do in June 2011, so I've been reading, researching, and stalking every wedding photog that I find. I'm going to the library tomorrow to load up on some books. I've done my sisters in February (like right when I started) and doing my other sisters in May, but it was a either I do it or they won't have pics kinda deal. I love high stress situations tho, makes me work at top performance Smile

And thanks Amber for the feedback!

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I shoot a lot of weddings (I haven't visited this board in a while, but I figured I'd chime in)

I keep my camera in manual because I feel like I have more control.. but you have to be able to change the camera setting quickly when switching from indoors to outdoors or shade to sun, etc. If you are comfortable shooting kids in manual then you would probably do fine with a wedding in manual. Kids move around more than anything in my opinion, lol.

You can check out some of my weddings at evegreendale.com

I just wanted to add that I keep the lens on auto focus but I use one focus point in my view finder and focus on the subject the recompose quickly to get the perfect composure and focus. I would never use manual focus at a wedding, lol.

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I shot one wedding last year and kept my camera on manual, auto focus on the lens of course. I have two weddings to shoot in May. One thing I've learned is that you need a lot of battery for your speedlight, those suckers go thru batteries like no tomorrow. I got myself a battery extender so that I can distribute the speedlight power thru 8 batteries instead of 4.

I also posted a short advice on wedding here: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=572508

Hope that helps you.

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"evyp" wrote:

You can check out some of my weddings at evegreendale.com

I just wanted to add that I keep the lens on auto focus but I use one focus point in my view finder and focus on the subject the recompose quickly to get the perfect composure and focus. I would never use manual focus at a wedding, lol.

Beautiful work, wow. I fanned ya on FB Biggrin

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I shot one wedding last year and kept my camera on manual, auto focus on the lens of course. I have two weddings to shoot in May. One thing I've learned is that you need a lot of battery for your speedlight, those suckers go thru batteries like no tomorrow. I got myself a battery extender so that I can distribute the speedlight power thru 8 batteries instead of 4.

I also posted a short advice on wedding here: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=572508

Hope that helps you.

Yes it did thanks! I even looked up ur shoot, what did u do to prepare before it? I of course will be adding another body and a few more lens before I do this one next summer. I am so glad she has given me a heads up waaaay in advance. Also I will be flying, what should I do to insure that I don't lose the pics when I fly back? I have a backup HD, but should I put them on disks too? I was thinking making several copies of disks and mailing at least one set back home.

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I don't have any advice. I've been asked 2x to do weddings, but was always too afraid. I'm sure you'll do great.

Maybe you could volunteer to be a wedding pro's 2nd shooter for some weddings leading up to the time you're going to shoot this wedding. Would be great practice w/out the pressure.

Just a thought.

GL!

GiGi

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I shot one wedding last year (shadowed the paid photographer) and shot in manual the whole time.

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I would say manual b/c you are more in control. BUT, if you aren't comfortable in manual, and you don't have time to practice, I would shoot in Auto b/c I wouldn't want to screw it all up. I would PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! I have one coming up in July too!

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Wow, you guys are BRAVE! I've turned down 3 weddings so far. Two for friends or family and one pro-request. It's just so much pressure!!!!

But I'd really love to 2nd shoot some weddings. Wish I could find someone who needed a 2nd shooter.

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I wanted to clarify my situation. I live in a teeny tiny town where we don't do anything big. We have no stoplights, and we barely have 800 ppl. Seriously. My dad took my wedding pics. The wedding I am doing is my brothers. The wedding will be at our local park. It's nothing extravagant and the photographers we have around here, well, they are too great. NOTHING compared to you Amber. Seriously. We would have to travel about two hours to find someone like you, but my brother doesn't have the money, so they asked me to do it. They know it won't be anything fancy. I just wanted to clarify that. I know that I am not good enough to be doing someones wedding, but they wanted me to, so I am taking the chance and trying a wedding! Biggrin

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You never know Sadie, u may just rock that wedding and find u like wedding photography Biggrin

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"Inked_Mama" wrote:

You never know Sadie, u may just rock that wedding and find u like wedding photography Biggrin

I KNOW I'll enjoy it, but I doubt I'll rock it! I am worried b/c it's in the open, in the middle of the summer, probably FULL SUN. Sad Thanks though! I appreciate the comment!