Beginners help on wedding/portrait pics

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  1. Eddie666

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    Afternoon/Morning all.

    I have just been on hols with my Nikkon D40X and tried some macro pics and some landscape pics. I'll put some up when I get the time.

    Anyway, I am going to a wedding in June and not had much practice with portrait/wedding photos. Is there anyone that can give me some advice on how to get the best pictures at this wedding and portrait pics etc. I have a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lens and the tripod. Will I need any extra gear for good pics? If so, could you suggest some bareing in mind, not got the most amounts of money to spend on it :)

    Thanks in advance!

    Craig
     
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    A decent flash will help.
     
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    Any links? recommendations? etc? :)
     
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    I'd recommend a nice 'fast' lens. The 50mm F1.8 is pretty affordable.

    A lens with a large maximum aperture (low F number) will allow you to use a faster shutter speed, which can help to ensure sharp shots. Also, a large aperture will give you a shallow DOF, which can blur out the background of a portrait.
     
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    What does I could only see 35mm here mean?
     
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    Sorry, you said the 50mm flash would be good to have, I looked at your link you put and they all say 35mm next to them? sorry if I'm being stupid :D
     
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    50mm lens and a flash are two different items.....
     
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    I have the 18-55mm lens and 55-200mm so I'm guessing the 18-55mm will do?

    Anyone recommend a good cheap flash for these photos?
     
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    i believe that asfixiate was saying a 50mm lens is great to have, but in addition you should get an external flash and he gave you the links for some good flashes at B&H.
     
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    I'll take a look at the flashes now and reviews :) Will my 18-55mm lens be ok to use?
     

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