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Wedding Photography With a D5100
I could do with a bit of advice, i've gotten into photography about a year ago and I really love it a lot. Mostly i've shooting landscapes/seascapes, still life, flowers and people (but not enough). Some one has seen my photography and asked me to shoot there small wedding. I accepted the job, but due to my limited exp with shooting people I think I'm way over my head with this one. I have in my bag a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm, 50mm f1.8, 35mm f1.8 and the 18-200mm f3.5-5.6. I also have a Yongnuo YN-560 Speedlight. I know my gear is not pro and the very high ISO settings on the D5100 are very noticeable, I really want to do a great job for these people does any one have any advice ?
Great you are busy with photography!
Well, a wedding is something i am not familiair with too. I have been asked, but i refuse to accept it. Because several reasons.
I have no experience with it, so that means i could make great shots, or screw it up. With the last thing, i don't want to ruin all the pictures of the people who have the day of their life and wanting me to capture it. So that why..
For you, you accepted it, now its your turn to read yourself in, go check out other peoples work on flickr, look to their settings, try your camera on someone with that settings and imagine its the groom or the bride... Get the best out of your gear.
On the day, it has to be good, you can't say! Yo! Can you put the rings back!? My flash did not went off...
Try to read yourself in, try to see what other people are doing with your type of camera, try to figure out what lens they are using. You should be able to see that in a couple of days after which you can start trying
Hope i could help you a little. Good luck with it. Your D5100 should be good for the job. Try to stick to 2 lenses...
I would like to see the results!!
My other issue is posing people correctly
For the wedding pics outside, the only thing you can do is use your experience and use inspiration from other pictures.
It is not a problem to inspirate yourself with other pictures in your fase of Photography.
The most important thing about wedding photography is showing the love... Try not to shoot lower angle's for the double chin's and that kind of stuff, try to keep extra information and other people out of the photos.
Oh, i have one more tip. If you have someone in your neigbourhood who shoots wedding photography, try to talk to him, maybe he can give you some tips.
And the last tip. On the day of the wedding, be selfsure, be confident. Thats what people want, someone who makes images who knows what he is doing. That helps for when you are telling them how to stand etcetera.
Good luck on your journey. Do you have a flickr page or so?
(p.s. show your pictures if you have done them. I am very curious. Maybe if you need help we could make a screen cap of it etc.)
Think about some standard lenses, a good flash... etc..
(Allthough, normally you are not allowed to use flash during the ceremony inside...)
I've been looking at wedding photos on flickr and 500px, I must admit some of these images are a bit overwhelming but i'm still getting some ideas for a few basic poses.
Would you guys suggest getting a grey card ? On many of the videos I've seen, getting the wedding dress white and the suits black with out loosing detail seems to be a major issue.
Too bad you can't rent your stuff in your place.. in that case, work with the equipment you have. You should be able to get great shots out of it.
I can't tell you about the greycard because i personally don't use it yet, that is not my fase of photography right now. So i would suggest, if you don't miss it right now, than you don't need it.
Try to get things right in the camera, and after that you can post process the shots you have taken.
rouseman wrote: Would you guys suggest getting a grey card ? On many of the videos I've seen, getting the wedding dress white and the suits black with out loosing detail seems to be a major issue.
I don't use gray cards during weddings, only product photo shoots.
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