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.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
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.
And thanks Amber for the feedback!
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.
Last edited by evyp; 04-11-2010 at 10:13 PM.
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: Lesson learned from my first wedding shoot
Hope that helps you.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
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.
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!
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy