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I would like to offer my appreciation to those offering sound advice for the hardware and techniques to use for the couple's wedding. The wedding was yesterday and all went well.
I just went through selecting and editing the photos I will be giving the couple. Between trip to park, rehearsal, wedding and reception, I took about 500 photos, deleted about 50 for technical reasons, then selected about about 150 of the best to edit and deliver on a thumb drive. I will probably have 3 sets of 4x6's printed at Walgreens or CVS, 1 for the couple, 1 for me, and 1 to share with common friends and for the couple to share with family.
Purchases I made base on recommendations were:
-The book: On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Photography
Chapter 10 on use of bounce flash technique was just what I needed, particularly to use walls when appropriate for some better directional light and not just the ceiling.
-600EX-RT Flash. Although rental was recommended, I decided to purchase a grey market unit from Adorama. Great tool.
I used the 5DIII camera, 600EX-RT flash, 70-200 2.8 IS II and 35 1.4 lenses exclusively. Very few missed focus photos and overall the bounce flash worked great. Shot Manual mode, usually at F2.8, 1/160 to 1/200 shutter speed, ISO 800 to 1600, and let the ETTL do it's magic. I intended to save RAW to CF and JPEG to SD, but had wrong setting and ended up saving JPEG to each, so no RAW. Fortunately exposure was consistently close and JPEGs were okay. Cropping and small adjustments to the mid levels on some of the photos was the extent of my post processing.
I believe the young couple will be very happy with the photos.
I'll try to post a few photos in the next day or two.
Thanks for advice.
Edited on Feb 25, 2013 at 05:06 AM · View previous versions