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Brandi N. 

apenture and shutter?

Let's say for example I am in a church that does not allow a flash taking wedding portraits. What mode would you put the camera in and what apenture and shutter speed would you use along with the ISO?

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7/13/2004 7:36:56 PM

Kim Acheson   Im sory but there is really no way to answer this. The apature and shutter speed depend on lighting in the chirch and what you are exactly trying to shoot.

The ISO is the film speed. A faster ISO (film speed) should be easer for you to shoot but you will have more of a problim with grain. Your probly going to have to look at 400 speed film. You could go with that or 200 or on the other side even 800. You could even go 1600 but then grain is going to be a real problim.

If you can use a tripod. Make sure you are out of the way though. beond that I wish I could help more but like I said it all depends on lighting in the church.

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7/14/2004 12:00:17 AM


BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  Hard to answer without being there. But, what I do is shoot with TMAX 3200, rated at 1600. The grain is nice and looks very dramatic. There should be enough light in there for this.

I wouldn't use 400. I can't really get much out of 400 speed film in low light unless I have a flash. 400 is really good for outdoor shaded areas or something. But, it falls apart, IMO, when you get inside of a dark building with no flash.

Really, really what I would probably do is break out my digital. I would be able to set the ISO at whatever it needed to get great exposed shots. With my ISO set at 1600, I can pratcially shoot in any lowlight situation without flash. I don't get much noise, even at that speed.


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7/14/2004 12:38:13 PM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
I can easily imagine the officiant or church banning flash for photos during the ceremony . . . typically between the point at which the "father of the bride" (or whoever is filling that role) makes the "handoff" to the groom to the point of "first kiss." Happens more often than not (for me) and can be virtually guaranteed with certain denominations.

I haven't encountered or heard of anyone else who was banned from flash use at any other time in a sanctuary, and especially for the portraiture done before the ceremony (before guests arrive) and the portraiture done afterward (often called the "altar returns"). Perhaps I'm misinterpreting what "portraits" means. That said, I have no doubt that someplace, somewhere does . . . but it would be rare.

For ceremonies that must be photographed using available light, I use Fuji Press 1600. Typical shutter speeds are 1/60th or 1/125th with f/2.8 or f/4 lens apertures. Lighting level varies noticeably from church to church, hence the two stop range. I have been in some dark ones that have no windows (or at night) and will use TMax P3200 or Ilford Delta 3200 at EI 3200 if Press 1600 isn't fast enough. I keep a stock of both for shooting the ceremonies. To keep from switching film types in a camera body I use an additional body exclusively for high speed film.

-- John Lind

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7/14/2004 5:53:17 PM

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