Wedding Photography

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. i will be taking the pictures for wedding next month. i have a eos30 and a
    50mmf/1.8 now. what kind of lenses and accessoriesi should rent for the
    thx for advise
, Oct 30, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I use a good quality zoom in the 35-70mm range for most of my wedding work.
    Add to this an 80-200 for shots from back of church during ceremony and at
    the reception. Also a high quality flash mounted on a bracket. That would
    get you through right there. Unless there's a malfunction! In which case,
    you should rent back up gear, too.
    Matt Clara, Oct 30, 2003
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    Onepercentf Guest

    The minimum extra requirements are a 28mm lens (or zoom) for the group shots,
    plus a flash, preferably on a bracket. regards, David
    Onepercentf, Oct 30, 2003
  4. Experience.

    Experience means you know the hardware you have and you know how to use
    it quickly and efficiently under the conditions of a wedding. I consider
    that far more important that adding any additional hardware.

    Additional hardware gives you something else to be worrying about at a
    time things are going fast.

    As for hardware, I suggest the most useful addition/change would be a
    wide angle capability. This could be a short zoom or a wide angle around 24
    or 28 mm. In this case I would recommend the zoom because you just don't
    have the time to get really comfortable with the idea of having two lenses
    and switching them. Adding the additional control and focal length decision
    is plenty.

    You did not say if you were to be the primary photographer or if you
    were in addition to a professional primary photographer.

    However, I do have a question. Have you ever done weddings before? Are
    you going to be the only "official" photographer for the wedding?

    I have done quite a few weddings as a pro back when I was in college,
    but my last one was over 30 years ago. When my daughter was married
    recently, I did not consider the possibility of doing the wedding myself. I
    found and paid for a good professional who did a better job than I could
    have as rusty as I am. If you don't have professional experience in this
    area, please do likewise. Weddings are a special animal and you don't get a
    second chance. I might add that it is a lot more fun attending a wedding
    with a small snapshot camera for a few personal shoots and enjoying and
    participating the event than trying to be father of the bride and

    Good Luck
    Joseph Meehan, Oct 30, 2003

    Deathwalker Guest

    get a digital even a cheapy so you can use it like the pros use polaroid. I
    always use a tripod. an off camera flash, 28-80 or so on one body and
    70-210 on the other. a reflector might be a good idea as well as someone
    confident to marshal everyone for you while you do the settings bit. Makes
    you look more pro too. Consulting the family first a week before hand and
    ask for lists of people. Do inside and outside. Framing the couple in the
    church doorway is always a winner. If you have the family in on it and
    discuss things like when you get out of the limo stop and pose.

    The biggest thing about weddings is your people skills.

    extra batteries and a spare body are a must.
    Deathwalker, Oct 30, 2003
  6. i will be taking the pictures for wedding next month. i have a eos30 and a
    If you don't know enough to answer this question on your own, you shouldn't
    be photographing weddings. Change your mind now, while there is still time.
    Andrew Koenig, Oct 30, 2003
  7. There's an article at on this...

    The essentials are:
    -28-200 (or300) zoom.
    -TTL flash
    -lotsa batteries
    -spare everything
    -an assistant
    -pro film

    jim h


    More than photographs: free downloads, prizes, a bit of humour...
    Jim Hutchison, Oct 30, 2003
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