I'm very nervous about doing this... I'm doing it completely for free and it's for one of my good friends, so I know they'll be happy even if I give them a bunch of...well... bad shots. But this is practice for me, and I'm treating it as if I am doing a professional shoot. I've given them a check list for what they do or don't want, I've made sure they know that I'm not a professional photographer so the results may or may not be what they're expecting. For the actual ceremony, where things are more slow paced, I'm going to manually do everything. But during the reception, for the candids, is it okay to use automatic to capture things as quickly as they happen? I'm just very new at doing things manually... I don't want to miss things because I couldn't get it focused right in time. I'm even worried about doing the actual ceremony on manual. I did do their engagements, and her bridals as well, and they were very pleased with what I got. I'm not, though, because both days were gloomy and cloudy... and rainy... and I got my external flash just a few days ago... :meh: so after those shots... Just as a side note, I'm doing this for them because A. Their funds are very tight, having five children between them, so they can't afford a pro. B. The bride wants to help me get as much practice as possible, so she's helping me by allowing me to do this. I've read through all I could find on here about this subject, and found it all very helpful!! But I didn't get quite as much info as I thought I would if I asked.