Wedding Photography Question

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  1. canonhero

    canonhero TPF Noob!

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    Tomorrow is the big day! It is my first wedding event and I need to know whether it is best to shoot with a tripod or a bracket? I know that the tripod will give me the best quality pics and the bracket will allow me to move around freely but I need to know from someone with experience, which is the best for weddings?:(
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    There really isn't a 'best for weddings'...each situation and photographer is different.

    Most find that they don't have time to use a tripod during most of a wedding...maybe during the formal group shots.

    You will be shooting people and people move...so you should be using a shutter speed that is fast enough to freeze their movement...that will probably mean that you can hand hold the camera without camera shake blur...so a tripod may not be needed anyway.

    A bracket is for getting the flash up and off the camera...which is a different issue than using a tripod. If you are asking about using a flash vs not using a flash...that's a whole new issue and is really up to your personal style.

    I know some weddings shooters that use a monopod...it's faster than a tripod but can really help when shooting without flash in lower light.

    Really, you should do what you are comfortable with.
     
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    canonhero TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for this information. I think a tripod will slow me down. I appreciate your help!
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    They do different things. A bracket keeps the flash up and over the camera no matter which way the camera is oriented; this helps avoid those ugly side shadows. A tripod eliminates the worry of camera movement at slow sutter speeds. I use a bracket at all weddings, and a tripod at many.
     
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    I think the bracket will be the way to go for me. I had some suggestions of shooting in P mode and let it do all the work for me but what do you think? For the reception I will be shooting in low lighting and I would hate to have blurry pics by shooting in M Mode....not a good thing. Please advise...
     
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    oh boy..... that's two today...
     
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