I might be over my head?

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  1. Ihaveaquestion

    Ihaveaquestion TPF Noob!

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    I just told my sister "I'll be your photographer" so she can save money for her wedding.

    I have a Canon T2. I'm thinking I need a 50mm lense and a better flash? What kind of equipment should I look into getting? And whats the rule of thumb for indoor lighting?
     
  2. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    I think you broke the "never work for family" rule...

    A 50mm lens is probably a good idea.

    I don't have one though, so not sure...
     
  3. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Rule of thumb for weddings is to stay the F away from them, unless you're pro.

    There's no thumbs for indoor lighting.

    50/1.8 is a must... You'd probably want an 85 too... and a flash... and a flash bracket... and a backup for everything... because these things die on you...
     
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    Don't have much input on technical stuff, but I can say as an extrememly amature photographer myself that shooting a relative's wedding is a dangerous game. It really depends on the bride AND the groom's personalities. I was asked to shoot my Dad's wedding last year and in extreme naivity I said yes. They were also on an extremely tight budget - the reception was at their house.....and I knew that my Dad would really like the sentimental value of me taking the shots. Thankfully neither my Dad or his bride (to my knowledge) are either picky people and they were pleased with what I managed to capture. If they were ANY other type of personality than laid back, it could've been not fun. PLEASE make sure that you show them some quality photographer's work and if you arent sure you can produce it, then go over w/ them again and again this disclaimer.

    Good luck!!
     
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    If you can get them to pay somebody to do the formal shots and your willing to spend a fair amount of money on some primes and a real flash with a defuser then you may be able to swing the journalistic style stuff. I have started to shoot small events and I can attest that its not as easy as it looks. I can not stress the need for a fast lens and a nice flash enough. There are a lot of great guide books for persons trying to get into the wedding world.

    It may be cheaper to find a somewhat-new photog who has the gear and is looking to build their portfolio. Plus then you can actually enjoy the wedding.
     
  6. TheCanonMan

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    Well the rule I know aobut filming people is the closer the better but that is just the way I like things. Canon made a nice 35-135mm lens that I think was the best all in one lenses and sence you own an EOS camera you can find them used on ebay form 45.00 to 110.00 good lens for the money. As for a flash I would say yes get a flash if this is an indoor thing the stock inside flash maybe a little under for what you need. So I would say look on ebay find a nice used EOS flash. Next I would say use a tripod if the inside is low light your camera will need one rember any thing under 1/30 of sec. can't be hand shot and if you dont have a good hand I would say dont hand shoot any thing under 1/60 of a sec.
     
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    2 more things I would get a hand meter and tripple check every thing ! Next I would say dont use any thing under 800 speed film. If it's not real low light you could maybe pull of 400 speed film but I would use 800 if I was you.
     
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    If you do go for a Canon 50mm dont get that 1.8 crap push for the 50mm 1.4 it's a better lens for the money
     
  9. jstuedle

    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I shot weddings, a lot. I hate them. And the don't shoot family rule, is a good one. If you must and you are on a budget, get a flash with an attachable soft box (they velcro on the flash unit), a 50 f/big as you can afford and a 85/105 f/max, a lot of film and shoot, a lot. Read a book and pick up hints about the traditional shots, then also get a lot of candid expressions of the wedding party. Go to a few wedding web sites and look at others work and get an idea of what to shoot. Go to the church/hall a few days early and take a few test shots, and meter everything. Get a feel for the film speed you need. Use as slow a film speed you can get away with and still keep your shutter above 1/60 without the flash. Also, if you have a flash that is TTL, adjust it to minus .3 to .5 stops to take a little of the harshness away from the faces and jewelry. And did I say shoot A LOT. When you have them processed, pick out your best 20% and hide the rest. Only show your best work and don't show anybody the others. Have about 100-150 of your best and let them pick out what they want to enlarge. Do it right and you will look like a super-star. If you like shooting this, you might just find your calling!
     
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    Heh... haha..

    That's great Doc..
     
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    I agree with jtsuedle.... I too have shot hundred of weddings (also in Indiana, JT) and each wedding is different. Jt gave you good advice. Make sure you have at a bare minimum -
    camera body (be sure to bring a backup if you can)
    Film (bring ALOT more than you "plan" on shooting)
    Tripod
    Batteries (bring extras for every piece of equipment)
    Flash (make sure it's strong enough and has enough field of coverage)
    Flash bracket (get the flash away from the camera to eliminate red eye)

    There's alot more that you "should" bring, but you definitely need this stuff at a minimum....

    good luck...
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    SWFLA, funny you used to shoot in In. I used to live in south FL. Small world.
     

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