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Morris Turner


I'm scheduled to shoot a wedding soon. I did one a few months ago but did it in the camera's full auto mode. The pics, for the most part, came out great. It was a small affair (outdoors).This time it'll be a little larger (church, reception hall, etc).Question: Should I, while in the church, change ISO, aperture and speed for the bride's walk down the aisle or leave it in full auto mode with a flash? Any advise I'd appreciate it very much. Thanks, Morris.

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5/5/2006 9:43:56 AM

Bob Cournoyer
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  I'm betting the first words out of most fingers will be to try to get into the church a day or several ahead at the same time the wedding will be, take a friend to act as the bride/groom walking down the aisle and try different camera settings......Oh, and check with the church if using flash during the ceremony is okay...:-)

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5/5/2006 11:55:24 AM

Jerry Frazier   If you're getting paid, no matter how much, you should not be asking this question. You should know the answer.

If you are doing this for free, for a friend or family member, you should still know the answer.

There are a million and one factors to consider, all of which would take a long, long time to go through. If it's lit well, you don't need flash. If you have strong back-light, you probably do. If it's dark, you probably should use flash.

The ISO, distance, speed of the walking, power of the flash, aperture, and shutter speed, all play a role. There is no one answer, you just have to be there, in the moment, make a quick decision when it happens, and pull it off.

I can't tell you how many times that I am set to shoot the attendants walking, and all of a sudden, they open the doors or something and the whole scene changes with strong backlight. I have to suddenly change every setting on my camera, turn on the flash, and nail the shots. Luckily, I know enough to do that in less than a second, otherwise, I'd loose moments.

Weddings are not a place to learn photography. You should go learn that some place else, and then shoot weddings once you have all that stuff figured out.

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5/5/2006 12:14:32 PM

Kerry L. Walker   If I was shooting the wedding, I would be shooting in manual and making adjustments to my shutter speed, aperature and flash based on a lot of different variables - such as the amount of ambient light, the ceiling height and color (to determine whether I could bounce the flash), etc. However, if you are asking this question you do not have the experience to make these decisions on the fly (nothing wrong with that, everybody's gotta start somewhere) so I would suggest you stick with what you know and are comfortable doing so I say stick with the program mode. A wedding is no place to be experimenting on new techniques. Practice those on your own time when the photos are not as critical.

Sorry, Bob.

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5/5/2006 12:18:53 PM

Bob Cournoyer
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  It's okay. No offense taken. I live for abuse....:-)


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5/5/2006 12:26:26 PM

Morris Turner   Thanks Bob C and Kerry W for your return e-mails. I'm new at this game (photography). Your responses give me something to think about and to conduct tests Again, thank you for your prompt and helpful responses.

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5/5/2006 11:42:55 PM

Jerry Frazier   I suppose that you didn't like my advice because I didn't address your issue. But, I did.

Sorry, I wasn't more helpful for you.

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5/6/2006 6:43:25 AM

  Hi Morris;

Another thing you may want to try is to find a photographer who will let you shadow them. Study everything they do. TAKE NOTES. A professional wedding photographer can teach you everything from poses to technique.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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5/10/2006 11:14:31 AM

Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  alot of wedding photographers are covering themselves now ( because of the over flooding of the market) that if they train you, they want you to sign a release form that you won't start your own business within 2 yrs. So good luck on the shadowing business. Your best bet is to go to one of the big hotels and just lurk and take notes. Dress appropiately so they think that you might be one of the guest.

Use a tripod for iso 800-1600 and try to use as little flash as possible (flattens out the pictures)

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5/10/2006 1:29:05 PM

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