Hi folks, apologies in advance for the lengthy post I have been asked to photograph the main event for friends too - seems like there's a bit of that going around. There's a few books and places online to go for tips etc but I was hoping I could get some constructive advice for my particular case. The couple have seen a few photos I've taken and were impressed - but then it's easy to impress people who don't understand how shallow DOF makes such a difference between dSLR photos and 'flat' P&S photos. At any rate, I'm confident & happy enough to 'have a go' and they understand I'm no professional -but I'd like to do my very best so they at least get a handful or two of images thay can enjoy. The wedding is not until September so I have a while to get things sorted. I will be shooting with my D50. I currently have the kit Nikkor 18-55mm, Nikkor 70-300mm, and the 50mm 1.8 prime. I only have the built in flash at present. I have a 2Gb and a 512MB SD card. The couple are working to a tight budget and she's already been through the whole 'big wedding' thing once before - so it's going to be a relatively low-key event and there will only be 40 or so people attending (they're thinking about not even having a cake to cut!!). A restaurant will serve as both the wedding and reception venue, with tables shifted (I think) accordingly for the two parts of the evening. I understand the venue is quite dim, and it will be a 5pm service so any natural light throught the small front windows will be of no use whatsoever. I am going to check out the venue next week to get a feel for how dark it will really be, if there are mirrors that will upset flash, if there are lighter areas to bounce flash off, etc. Now, for my questions: 1/ I'm not expecting great results from a pokey D50 flash, so I'm expecting to purchase the SB600 or SB800 between now and September. Is it worth spending the extra on the SB800 - ie what additional benfits will it bring? any other suggestions for speedlights, or should i stick with the best? Keeping mind I'll be travelling in Africa next year and will be taking the same kit with me to use there. 2/ Because the venue is quite dark I get the impression that even with a prime lens some additional lighting will be required - or will I get away with using a wide aperture and slow shutter? I have a shakey cheap aluminium tripod but I'm thinking it'll be more of a hindrance than a help in a small venue, so I should probably look at getting a monopod instead, perhaps? 3/ Given what we know about the venue, are my lenses going to do the job? I'd love to invest in the 18-200 VR but that may stretch my budget too far given I probably need to spend NZ$400-600 on a speedlight as it is. So should I keep an eye out for a secondhand 18-135 or similar - or will this not really make much of a difference? 4/ It sounds like I should be shooting in RAW - which I haven't gone near even though I've had the camera for a few months . . how much memory do I really need? If I get a 4GB card with my existing cards as 'backup' will I probably have sufficient storage? 5/ Assuming I take maybe 300 - 500 RAW shots, how much work will be involved afterwards in postprocessing, and am I setting myself up for a couple of weekends' graft for nada? 6/ It's sounding like they don't want much in the way of the standard outside wedding party photos between ceremony and reception, but any that we do decide on will probably be in a small square with traffic going by, with headlights and so on, and it will be either deep dusk or black by the time we are outside. Is this inviting disater? 7/ What are your biggest DONT'S when it comes to this sort of thing (besides warning n00bs against taking wedding photos for friends! ) Thanks in advance . . . standing by for words of wisdom!