advice for shooting a wedding reception

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by ilovetherayne, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. ilovetherayne

    ilovetherayne TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    North Dakota
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    a friend has asked me to take pictures of her wedding reception and
    i'm not sure if i'm fully equipped for it.
    what i have is a Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm kit. should i get a better lense? a speedlight flash?? any advice would be great!
     
  2. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Messages:
    3,019
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA
    If you will be the only photographer there and they will be dependng on you for their only pictures yes, you are teribly under-equipped for that. If you are just going to be there as a supplement to a pro you should consider getting a flash.
     
  3. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    6,111
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
  4. christopher walrath

    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2008
    Messages:
    1,265
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    In a darkroom far, far away...
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    A flash and a tripod. Maybe a SFX filter or two.
     
  5. Mav

    Mav TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Get an SB-400 or 600 and a bunch of spare batteries, and then rent a 17-55DX f/2.8 a few days in advance so that you know how to use it and you'll be in pretty good shape. While you're at it, get an extra EN-EL9 battery for your D40 too. I'd have no problem taking on a wedding reception with my D40, the 17-55, and the little SB-400 flash. I'd shoot in RAW + JPEG mode too. And make sure you have enough memory cards.

    General shots: shoot at f/4. Individual portraits: f/2.8. Group shots: stop down to f/5.6 or even f/8 to make sure everybody is in focus. Learn how to use the exposure/focus lock button on your camera too - it'll come in handy.
     
  6. ilovetherayne

    ilovetherayne TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    North Dakota
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    thanks a million guys.. these answers are exactly what i was looking for.
     

Share This Page