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Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
 

Shooting a Wedding inside with florecents only


I am shooting yet another wedding inside, and Im thinking I need to use some kind of lighting from now on so I want to invest in some lights but I dont know what Im looking for and I really dont know how to use them, can anyone help me please :)

Dee


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11/14/2005 1:47:26 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Please don't take this as an afront as it is not mean to be mean or condescending.
I will attempt to help you but, from reading your post, I really don't recommend you shoot the wedding, at least not as the main photographer. This is just too important an event to tackle with limited knowledge.
You need a good flash with enough power to provide plenty of light (guide number of at least 100), a flash bracket to keep the flash above the lens axis and to keep it far enough above to eliminate red-eye and some type of diffusion device, like a mini-softbox, etc. (unless you plan to always bounce your flash). By all means, practice a LOT with this equipment before you take on a wedding.


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11/14/2005 2:54:56 PM

 
Janessa L. Taber-Webb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/14/2005
  You know Dee, You can do anything if you put your mind to it. I have a Canon Rebel 300D and I shoot in flourescent all the time, and I seem to manage it well with my 420 EX flash. I just bounce it off the ceiling (as long as it's NOT caulted-that's important, remember that!) It helps take down that flourescent look! External flashes are like a mini portable studio!! They work great, and they let off a lot of light. Just remember to bring alot of batteries, and yes, practice ALOT before the wedding. If you have any questions, I am willing to answer them for you!


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11/15/2005 2:14:55 AM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Kerry I will take Janessas advise thank you! I am shooting the wedding and I have shot several weddings, and not to mention the main photographer, and to tell you the truth each and everyone of them LOVED my work. I just thought in asking about maybe me using the lights would make the photos and taking them a little easier. I have a good flash, I have the flash bracket, but again I have done weddings and another point is I was the back up photographer at a wedding and guess what? They loved mine alot more than the lady that was paid 2500.00 so I guess your recommed word wont work for me. :) As the other person told me you can do anything you put your mind to :) Thanks


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11/15/2005 10:39:40 AM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Janessa Thank you so much for the up lifting words and yes we can do anything we set our minds to. I will sure make sure about the ceiling when I go to the church to see and practice the lighting, I just wanted to know if getting some lights would be better or if I was ok with how I have been doing all the weddings I have done so far, and they loved my work. Thanks again on all your help :)


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11/15/2005 10:42:30 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Dee - in Kerry's defense, you didn't really give much information in your original question. The way your question was worded made it sound like your were shooting a wedding inside with only flourescent lighting. It sounded like you weren't using a flash.

Chris


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11/15/2005 11:05:46 AM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Chris I was trying to make it as simple as possible in my question. My thought of it is maybe a question like "Have you ever shot a wedding before" but no harm taken :) Thanks Chris


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11/15/2005 11:28:46 AM

 
Andrea Tuft
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2005
  I have my third wedding in december. The two wedding I did before worked out very well. Every great photographer has to start somewhere. I think as long as the costumer know your experience and has seen your work it should work out for everyone. They get great pictures and can save some money.


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11/15/2005 11:29:02 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   It seems I may have hit a nerve, which was not my intention. However, when someone says they don't know what they need or how to use them, I take them at their word. If you had provided as much information in your original question as you did in your response to my response, my advice would have been a lot different. I assume now you were asking whether you should continue to use only the flash you have or to supplement it with additional lighting on light stands. Obviously you have had success with what you are doing so "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". After all, a wedding is a fast paced event and strobe lighting would only slow you down. Sure, they would help when shooting the formals IF you have time to set them up. Normally, that time is simply not available. Relax, I am really not a jerk - despite what my wife says!


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11/15/2005 11:54:43 AM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Andrea Thanks for the response, this is my sixth I believe but yes at everyone they have seen my work and like what they see, well so they say. We can be so critical of ourselves never the less. But I have been told they really like the eye I have and I get real personal with them too, and I really think that makes a big difference to say the least, the wedding Im doing is in December too:)and I also agree with letting them know your experience in the business too, we have to be up front. I have lots to show my work too, I also do sports which is such a challenge BUT who doesnt love a good challenge :) Thanks again for the advise it means alot to me, Good luck on yours too !!!


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11/15/2005 1:26:17 PM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Kerry, Yes I guess you did hit a nerve, but like being told I should have given more info in asking the question but yes what I use works well and your right in it taking more time with the set up in the lights, I guess I just always want EVERY photo to turn out which is not always the case with photography. Relaxed now :)))) Like I said I guess Im always wanting the best from what I can make better but you are correct if it aint broke dont fix it so REALLY thanks so much for the feed back very much appreciated !!! Im sure your not a jerk, despite what us women would think ,,, Just kidding ,, thanks again Kerry


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11/15/2005 1:31:52 PM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Kerry, Yes I guess you did hit a nerve, but like being told I should have given more info in asking the question but yes what I use works well and your right in it taking more time with the set up in the lights, I guess I just always want EVERY photo to turn out which is not always the case with photography. Relaxed now :)))) Like I said I guess Im always wanting the best from what I can make better but you are correct if it aint broke dont fix it so REALLY thanks so much for the feed back very much appreciated !!! Im sure your not a jerk, despite what us women would think ,,, Just kidding ,, thanks again Kerry


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11/15/2005 1:32:05 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Us women? Gee, I thought it was just my wife. LOL


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11/15/2005 1:47:14 PM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Hey Kerry If I made you laugh then good I put a smile on your face at least,,, Ur a good guy trust me :) Have a good one :)))


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11/15/2005 2:06:35 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Thank you.


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11/15/2005 2:09:25 PM

 
Dee Augustine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2004
  Hey Just wish me luck will ya :)))) hehehehe,,,, Im glad we have this site to ask questions :)
Dee


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11/15/2005 2:14:19 PM

 
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