Need help with filters

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  1. Algoessailing

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    I got roped into taking pictures of a friends wedding in the middle of october. So far, I have only been concentrating on landscape photos, and have only taken snapshots of my kids, no real work with flesh. I am looking for suggestions for filters to enhance my pics. The ceremony will be in the afternoon in a gazebo (its in the bahamas, so I'm not sure if the backdrop will be water or trees). I know that in landscape, 2:00 in the afternoon is very bad light, but like I said, I really don't know much about portrait. If anyone has any tips on anything else (lenses, film speed, shutter speed, etc), about this shoot, please feel free to give your opinions/suggestions. I really don't wan't to buy a book about it (portraits aren't my thing), but I would be willing to check out any websites with good tips. Thanks
    Dave

    oh yea, I forgot to mention, I shoot film.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about filters. Learn fill flash; that'll help you more at 2:00 in the afternoon. You are going to find that the shadows will end up very dark if you expose for the background.

    A polarizing filter will reduce glare, and saturate colors, but it also blocks 2 stops of light.
     
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    The usual advice is to tell your friend to hire a professional. Weddings are (supposed to be) a once in a life time event. Why take chances on the photos?

    That being said, you may be able to do a great job.

    Take a backup of everything you can. Bring extra batteries and twice as much film as you think you will need.

    As far as filters, I would suggest a polarizer, if any at all.

    Do you have an accessory flash? If you are going to use flash at all, don't rely on a built-in flash. Even better would be a flash bracket to really move the flash away from the lens. With it being in the afternoon, possibly in bright sun light, you will want to have some fill light so the faces are not shadowed. Either from flash or maybe from a reflector. You could get an assistant to hold a reflector as to light up the faces.

    What lenses do you have? Something fast (large aperture) might come in handy if you want to throw a distracting background out of focus. Although they probably want to capture the background in some of the shots (as it's in the Bahamas).

    You might want to practice shooting portraits outdoors until the time comes. Try a few different films etc.

    Good Luck.
     
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    Taken from http://www.geocities.com/y124g/fill.html

     
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    The flash doesn't care about squat, but you and your friends will care if you choose a shutter speed higher than your flash sync speed, because the flash won't evenly expose across the image.
     
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    thanks guys, I found the same website a few minutes ago. I know my flash does all kinds of stuff. I'll get out the OM and practice.
     
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    That's where the good info and the true path lay.
     

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