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1st wedding soon - Camera settings checklist.

Frank Ellis , Jul 18, 2007; 10:31 a.m.

Hi everyone!

I have my first wedding coming up on Sunday and just want to check a few things with you guys in regards to camera settings to see if I got it right.

Do you all agree/disagree with all this? Here's my rule of thumb.. (I do like some bokeh in my pics) Please tell me if you feel there may be something wrong with some of my suggested settings.

Generally I'll try keep my shutter above 1/100th, unless there's movement like street shots of bride and groom walking etc in which case I'll try for 1/250th.

Will be using a 5D and a combination of a 24-70L USM 2.8 and a 70-200L IS 2.8

Portrait shots, couple shots of bride and groom, detail shots, all shots in the church I will try to keep my aperture around 4.0 or 4.5, leaning towards 4.5

Group shots with 3 or more people I will probably use 5.6. Whole bridal party and families at 5.6

Walking out the church and throwing rice around 8.0, group shot outside church at 8.0.

Location shoot 4.5-5.6, bridal party walking around, motion, having fun etc around 5.6.

Reception I'll shoot most on manual with bounce flash +1 at 5.6 and shutter of around 100th/sec.

Does all this sound about right to everyone? (got my fingers crossed)

-Frankie

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Nathalie Lauzon , Jul 18, 2007; 11:14 a.m.

Have this document as your bed-side-table bible........

http://www.aljacobs.com/NEW%20WEDDING.pdf by Al Jacobson

:)

Robert Davies , Jul 18, 2007; 11:55 a.m.

Nathalie that was an awesome read :)

Steve Dohring , Jul 18, 2007; 01:01 p.m.

Frank, camera settings don't mean crap unless you know what your light is like. What are you going to cary around an index card and chnage them based on what you are shooting?? If you like bokeh your not going to see much with most of your settings unless a far off background is in the shot.

I can tell you that your reception settings will be horrid at those settings. The shots you do get will be blown out white faces and black backgrounds assuming this is inside of course. You should be around 1/40th 3.2 and that varies on the ceiling height and distance. I hope this is a freebe wedding etc. etc. I won't get into the "your not ready speech"

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Jul 18, 2007; 01:07 p.m.

I don't think you can pre-plan your settings because you need to use settings that fit the lighting and effects you want. You seem very focused on aperture, which is valid for certain things, such as formals, where DOF is very important for multiple rows of people, but otherwise, sometimes the lighting will dictate otherwise or you can go much shallower on DOF for better background blur or circumstances allow, such as no-flash shots in church where distance from subjects allow wide apertures without fear of subjects OOF. Also, reception EV should be determined based on actual conditions. For "most" reception lighitng, the EV you show will give you darkish backgrounds unless you are lighting up the backgrounds.

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Jul 18, 2007; 01:45 p.m.

You also don't mention ISO at all. I am assuming for the reception shots you're talking about ISO 400 or so.

Robbie Caswell , Jul 18, 2007; 04:56 p.m.

I worked with a pro that did alot in shutter priority mode. 1/60th indoors and 1/125th outdoors while compensating +/- with the flash.

She chose this method and obviously had the capability to shoot manual as she pleased, but it was very consistent and she books 70 weddings annually.

David Schilling - Chicago, Illinois , Jul 18, 2007; 07:53 p.m.

Good luck.....

Frank Ellis , Jul 18, 2007; 08:05 p.m.

>Steve Dohring, Jul 18, 2007; 01:01 p.m.

>Frank, camera settings don't mean crap unless you know what your light >is like. What are you going to cary around an index card and chnage >them based on what you are shooting?? If you like bokeh your not going >to see much with most of your settings unless a far off background is >in the shot.

Steve, I was going to shoot aperture priority and adjust ISO to keep shutter speed up around 1/100th to avoid movement blur for most of the day.

Are my settings really that bad? I want sharp pictures during most of the day. Is keeping the shutter above 1/100th and aperture between 4.0-5.6 a bad thing? Group shots 5.6, other shots 4.5.

Also, at the reception, I'm worried that I'm going to get motion blur at 1/40th. I do understand that the flash will freeze the action. Hmm. I might give it a shot.

Yes this is a freebie wedding.

-Frankie

Frank Ellis , Jul 18, 2007; 08:35 p.m.

>Nadine Ohara - > >You also don't mention ISO at all. I am assuming for the reception >shots you're talking about ISO 400 or so.

Nadine. At 1/100th and 5.6 at the reception I was planning on using ISO 800 and 1600 on the Canon 5D and bouncing flash.

I forgot to mention ISO in my earlier posts.

DO you all still think I'm going to get terrible reception results at these settings?

I forgot to mentioin in my original post that I wanted to know if my aperture settings are sufficient to keep people in focus and not lose them due to shallow DOF. Do you think I'll be fine with those settings?

You guys really got me worried now cause I thought I had this down pat.

-Frankie


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