Big thanks to Dave and all on here.
I had my first solo wedding on Saturday and all went well, so I have to say a big thanks to all on here for all the invaluable advice and pics in the weddings section with a special thanks to Dave W.
Dave’s portrait and wedding seminars proved to be invaluable, so anyone thinking of going should definitely do it.
The weather was good which was great.
The Church had scaffolding on the side and roof as they have had a leak, so I had to come up with another plan. I got bride and groom shots in the doorway which was decorated with flowers and then the group shots at the reception location.
I was a little nervous when I first arrived but gained confidence as the day went on and really started to move the groups around as I needed them. I even threw in a few of Dave’s one liners but all this produced was tumbleweed. I also pinched the “orgasm” shout (some of you know about this) and got the same reaction Dave got – “Whets one of them?” It worked a treat and I got a great shot.
The one place I did struggle with was the use of flash inside the church for the signing shot, so I need to work on this – I haven’t had much use with a flash gun, but I managed a couple of good shots. The camera wanted to take the shots at ½ second when I lowered the ISO which hand held is no good. So the flash would go off but the camera would shoot for longer. – Any tips on this greatly received.
So overall a good day which I really enjoyed and can’t wait for the next – I have already taken another booking for February.
I have a lot of images to go through and will post some for C&C when I get chance.
So thanks again.
congrats on "losing your cherry" LOL...sounds like you handled the glitches real well.........I dont remember doin the scaffolding eventuality bit !!!!!
well done mate
looking forward to seeing a few shots when yo have the time
thanks for the kind words too
Well done! Can't wait to see your results.
What settings were you using here?
Originally Posted by swifter
I find that I tend to use M mode more when shooting with flash indoors in low light as then I can control the aperture/shutterspeed to get the ambient light to look how I want, then use the flash on TTL to do it's own thing, sometimes I use a bit of negative flash compensation if I think the flash output is too strong.
For eg. when shooting at a wedding disco last night I had the flash gun on the hotshoe on TTL but with about 1 stop -EV, then I had the cam on Manual mode with a shutter speed of about 20-30, aperture about 4, at ISO 320-400, the shutter speed allowed some of the ambient light to show up, and the flash on rear curtain sync, stopped the motion of the dancers.
I just used AV mode at F3.2, ISO 200 and I stepped the flash comp down a little. But now I think about it, manual would be a better option. I shall have a play around with it at home.
The Scaffolding bit I had to make up as I went along and a few of the Poses I have are really questionable. Looking at all the TIFF’s I have they seem to get better as the day goes on.
Originally Posted by David Worthington
But its 100% true about men. We all stand like we have just been to the toilet in our pants.
Then you have to fight off the people with the compacts getting in the way when you have just set a shot up.
congratulations on your 1st!
with the long exposure thing, either take your readings prior to the ceremony and shoot manual or if you dont have time switch to shutter priority and set at 1/60th (or whatever is the lowest you can handhold)
I *think* this is the best way to do it but there are lots of much more experieneced than me on here so sure they will help you out!
One thing I've noticed on my cam is that if you set the flash to rear curtain sync on Manual and then switch to Aperture priority it changes the mode to SLOW sync which is annoying as it then increases the exposure time to really slow shutter speeds and you get blurry shots you weren't expecting - perhaps that happened to you?
Originally Posted by swifter
If I shoot aperture I usually change it to normal flash - but I have to remember to do this when coming back from rear-curtain on M mode.
Originally Posted by loonymoon
I will just have to look at it and play around with it. I can practise in the house just to make sure. It was quite annoying as it’s the only time all day I felt rushed.