Agreed to help shoot a wedding, making a gear-to-buy list...

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  1. epp_b

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    I agreed to be a second shooter for my brother-in-law at wedding he's shooting in a month. I know, it's pretty short notice. Keep in mind, we live in little Canadian hick towns, this isn't a big deal here ;)

    Before you look at my gear list and pounce on me like a hungry lion for taking on a wedding, be aware that I am a second shooter. There's no pressure; I'm there for the experience and to catch some shots that he might be too busy to get.

    I'm putting together a list of things I should have.

    MUST HAVE:

    • 3rd spare battery (already have two) ORDERED
    • Diffuser for SB-600 ORDERED
    • Two or three 4GB SD cards (I currently have three 1GB cards)


    WOULD LIKE TO HAVE:

    • Lowepro Nova 190 AW or 200 AW shoulder bag
    • Off-camera flash (Alienbees Cybersyncs)


    Anything else?

    I've also been looking to upgrade my main gear recently with a D90 and some fast zooms. While this gives me a good excuse, I don't have the money for it right now, so I'm not going to concern myself with it.
     
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    Stroboframe flash bracket (and the flash cable that you'll need).
     
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    Keep it simple.... don't get bogged down with equipment since you are not a primary. You are building experience with taking pictures at a wedding not learning your equipment.

    (as Plato said) Stroboframe
    Camera + media
    Single medium zoom
    Flash (lots of batteries)
    off camera flash cable.


    If you can pull it off, a battery pack for the flash to increase cycle time since you'll be depending heavily on flash. I wouldn't even worry about carrying a bag.

    Next step... asking for pointers from people who have done weddings or done secondary. That knowledge is far more important than the equipment you'll be showing up with.
     
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    Good on the spare batteries. Good batteries are paramount. DAMHIK. :blushing:
     
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    I don't know where the wedding will be, but some gels might be good for lighting consistency (and very inexpensive).

    If you are indoors I would generally suggest you don't really need a stroboframe. Most wedding photographers I know don't use those much and instead rely more on bounce and off camera flash for reception, and worst case scenario they'll use something like a flip-it etc.

    If it's an outdoors daytime type shot (doubting it if its in Canada in December) you won't have problems with your gear. Indoors you'll probably be alright, particularly with a flash, and if you can get it off camera then great. The biggest thing to avoid is the head on deer in headlights flash look.

    Oh, I would also make sure you have extra AA's for the flash. And if you can't get the cybersyncs, a cheap set of cactus triggers would probably work also.
     
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    Just be careful with bounce.. In my experience, MOST reception halls are too large, ceiling is too high or have colored/decorated walls. All of which mean that a stroboframe would be the easiest way to comfortably get the flash off the camera.

    btw... Watch out for mirrors.. I hate shooting around them.
     
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    There's nowhere to plug a cord, of any kind, into a SB-600.
     
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    I agree that a flash bracket is a nice addition, but you don't necessarily need a stroboframe (unless you want to spend the $$). I have a Promaster which was alot cheaper and works fine.
     
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    You'll need to explain that to my SB-600, which is always connected to my D80 via cable!

    Actually, I don't understand your confusion. The cable is merely an extension of the hot shoe to the flash head. SC-17, if I remember correctly.
     
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    Promaster? How does that replace a flash bracket?
     
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