first "paid gig" , sweet 16

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  1. pete1606

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    Hi I am a recent college graduate. (not a photo major, but took a few classes)

    My parents are willing to buy me some equipment in exchange for me to shoot my younger sisters sweet 16.

    I currently own...

    Cannon digital rebel XT
    a 50 mm lens
    a 28-90 zoom lens

    I plan on buying

    a extrnal flash
    a flash bracket
    and large memory cards ( I plan on shooting in raw)

    Is there anything in particular that I should know when buying the above items? Anything else I should buy?

    Any advice on shooting a sweet 16

    Thanks
    Pete
     
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    I would suggest a TTL cord over a flash bracket, you can easily hold a rebel in one hand and a speedlight in the other.
     
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    Well if you want to maintain ETTL, you'll need the Off Camera Shoe Cord 2/3 for the bracket. Otherwise you'll be shooting manual flash if you use the PC cord setup. Some speedlights don't have a PC cord so if you plan that route you may need an adapter.

    Consider :
    1-A bracket that allows you to turn the body for portrait.
    2-Rechargable Batteries for the flash
    3-Reflector (for outside and inside bounce)
    4-Diffuser
    5-Background?
     
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    might be best to buy several smaller capacity cards (1-2 gb) over a larger capacity card . That way, if something goes wrong, you dont loose ALL your photos at once
     
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    A flash will be your most important asset. Apart from the camera and the glass, the biggest influences on the quality of a photo are the flash and the tripod.
     
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    I didnt know tripods were used at events!
    Any piticular reccomendations for a flash?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    I wouldn't use a tripod, but a monopod might not be a bad idea. It sounds silly, but it really is a lot faster. And when you're walking around with other people and caterers and stuff, it takes a lot less of a footprint on the ground, making others not get upset at you.

    Ditto what everyone's been saying about the flashes. The first time you use bounce flash, you'll feel like a professional. Every little step you take, you'll find yourself saying, "So THAT'S how they do that!" Its an awesome feeling.
     
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    The difference between the on-board flash and the Speedlite is startling enough. The difference between the Speedlite straight on and bounced off of the ceiling or a wall is phenomenal.
     
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    The 430EX flash is a very popular choice.
     
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    You know if there is the slightest chance you want to do more with the photography and you have the budget for it I would go for the 580 EX. With a transmitter you can turn it into a cordless off camera flash. This con not be done with the 430ex although the 430 can be a slave to the 580. I am sorry if I confused you I regret my choice of only going with the 430.
     
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    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think that the XT with 18-55mm lens would be a better start than the 28-90. 18 is much wider and its faster at the wide end too, 3.5 vs. 4.5. On top of that the Kit is only $449 at B&H, the kit with the 28-90 is $469! and out of stock.
     

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