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Jeff Dewey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
 

Wedding in the Mountains


I have been asked to take some wedding images for my girlfriend's daughter's wedding in January in Breckenridge, CO. I know, I know. . .I should turn it down but it's not your typical wedding. . only her mom and I and her and her husband. I need some other advice. .

Since it's going to be in the mountains during the height of snow season I was wondering what I'll need for some outdoor shots. I'm shooting with a Nikon D80, several lenses (zoom, 18-70mm and the most important 50mm/1.8). I've got polarizing filters on each lense and also have an ND filter. Oh, I also have a Sunpak Flat Flash and a Speedlight.

Am I missing anything? The ceremony is at 11:30 so i'll be stuck with mid-day sun or, if snowing no sun at all.

Any and all suggestions are greatly welcomed.

Thank you. . .Jeff


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12/5/2007 11:46:13 AM

 
W.   
Hi Jeff,

for the outside shots: use the pola, and +1 stop compensation for partly snowy scenes, and +2 stops compensation for full snow scenes. OR use the flash as fill-flash (half power) on people. Spotmeter the faces and fix that value with the AEL button while you compose the shot.

For the inside shots you may want soften your flash light with http://abetterbouncecard.com/. Use the big un!

Shoot RAW!

And have fun!


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12/6/2007 4:51:39 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Sounds good!,
use a Gig or more for your day, so your in no need to fiddle with changing cards.
And if you'll be out for the day maybe a extra battery in pocket would help.
Sounds like a Great OP, have a wonderful time,
Debby Tabb


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12/6/2007 5:34:39 AM

 
Jeff Dewey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
  Thank you both for your comments. . .I'll let you know how it went. Jeff


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12/6/2007 6:57:05 AM

 
Jeff Dewey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
  W.S. / Debby -

I emerged relatively unscathed by my first wedding shoot. . .don't know if I'll do it again but it was interesting and fun. I put together a book for the bride and groom - here's the link in case you wanted to look through the pages. I'm not a portrait photographer but they were pleased with my work! That's all that matters, right?

http://www.mypublisher.com/bookstore/book_viewer.py?d=tq>y-cppl`je>3243:6:

Thanks for all your input.

Jeff


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2/11/2008 9:04:24 AM

 
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Thanks, Jeff, that looks good. Looks like the snow didn't pose you too many problems.
That presentation/slide show is too teensie weensie for my taste, though.

Good luck!


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2/11/2008 10:07:05 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Jeff,
I think you did a wonderful job!!
good for you!
and yes, the couple being happy is the MOST important.
By the way is that your Akita?
I used to have them as well, What a wonderful Breed!

Thank you for sharing,
Debby


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2/11/2008 5:11:02 PM

 
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