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| p.1 #6 · A few questions about my first upcoming wedding |
Probably will need focus assist for dim light.
Manual exposure can be very useful, and is often required when flash is involved.
Need to know how to use flash. Need to understand the hard facts about mixing eTTL with off-camera manual flash (if you decide to use this blend). Need to understand your eTTL and what throws it off (if you use on-camera flash).
Need to know how your tracking system works in dim lighting/the darkest lighting you will have to deal with for the wedding.
Need to know how your tracking system works in the church.
Need to know how your tracking system works with each lens (especially on a camera with AF microadjust) so you know which ones are more reliable than others.
f/2.8 is more useful than f/4. f/1.4-f/1.8 is more useful than f/2.8.
Primes are useful because of how many dark environments there are.
IS is useful on 70-200 for church ceremonies because the shutter speed needed for proper exposure is often too slow to avoid camera shake blur.
You're almost certainly not going to use/bounce flash during the church ceremony. You need to know their permissions and plan for not being allowed to move around certain areas.
Shoot RAW (IMO). Have plenty of memory. Overshoot and cull later. Use NiMH batteries for flash and a good charger. Bring spare batteries.
Every wedding is different. One big similarity is that most of them will require low light photography at some point in the wedding and you need to be able to handle several different iterations of that (big room, small room, different room shapes, bounceable walls, unbounceable walls, high ceiling, low ceiling, big crowd, little crowd, dancing subjects, motionless subjects, walking subjects, lighting pitchers and catches in bouquet/garter, etc.).