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Elizabeth Sanchez

for wedding phtography what digital camera?

i'm interested in wedding photography.
i have a nikon n65, should I buy another nikon or shold I go digital nikon and what should I get? so that I don't end up spinning my wheels in case I decide to do weddings. thaks elizabeth

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6/27/2003 6:23:18 PM

Maynard  McKillen   Dear Elizabeth:
Have you photographed a wedding or assisted a photographer at one? I wonder if you shouldn't first decide whether wedding photography, which can engage your creative skills, at times nearly exhaust your diplomatic skills, and sometimes really test, stretch and defy your technical skills, is a place where your head and your heart agree you should put your time and energy.
If wedding photography is calling you, call an exorcist first. If you still have the urge, it really doesn't matter whether you shoot digital or conventional. If you care to make the investment in digital, you may also be bringing a laptop along with you on the wedding day to download images. Your workflow will also be be a bit different in other ways than it would be if you shot film, but the images you create still need careful metering, composition and planning, just like they do when you shoot film.
You can build up a stable of conventional 35mm equipment, rent/borrow some items (Don't use them at weddings until you are thoroughly familiar with each piece.), and polish your posing, diplomatic and compositional skills, then sell off that equipment when you want to make the transition to digital. For a time you might even bring both conventional and digital equipment to a wedding, practicing with the latter to make images that duplicate those already caught on film. This may lead to insights about how your shooting, lighting and composition might need to transition as you leave film for digital.
I'm looking forward to shooting weddings with digital cameras. They offer a chance to review images to confirm good lighting, expression and posing, and to check for blinks and goofy expressions (the unwanted ones).
Another way to answer your question is to say, "Don't let the equipment choices and decisions cloud the perhaps more important issue: How interested are you in wedding photography?" The only price you pay to answer that question is the time and energy you devote to thinking about it.

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6/29/2003 12:01:29 AM

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