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Thread: Table Shots for Wedding (Focal Length)

  1. #41
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    Sep 2004
    East of Singapore

    Default Re: Table Shots for Wedding (Focal Length)

    Reach early and do your testing first before most of the guest arrive, the testing should not take you more than a few minutes.
    In most hotels at least 28mm (full frame) @ f5 is needed due to the space available between tables and a flash is a must. Zoom lens will be a better choice as there may be shots (during the table shots) where the guest wanna drink with the couple and closer shots will be needed.

    For amb. light in the background, my personal preference is about 1 stop under compare to the flash, anything more that that may have a colour cast on the people in the shot. This is also a "safety" as the lights are not constant throughout the whole ballroom ie: if the couple are standing under a downlight/sportlight shining down on them, they will have a colour cast on them compared to the rest of the guest.

    At the end of the day as many had said, get the shot right first. In table shots speed and how you handle the guest is important.
    I get paid more shooting part time ...... damn, I should find more time to shoot part time

  2. #42
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    Jul 2008

    Default Re: Table Shots for Wedding (Focal Length)

    Just to share an example of a table shot.It's always mandatory for me to use flash and won't
    chance it using available light perhaps am paranoid abt this.

    Manual set @ 1/50sec F5 ISO800 @ 24mm bounced flash.Location Shangrila Hotel Grand Ball Room . The 24-85mm is my main staple for all events.

    Last edited by Zeisser; 26th December 2012 at 04:51 PM.
    5D/5D3/Zeiss/28-85/100 F2/200 F4/50 F1.4/70-200/24-85/85 F1.4

  3. #43


    Quote Originally Posted by nitewalk View Post

    Actually doesn't matter. Guests will just focus on the stage, montage, friends and grumbling about when the food is going to be served. They'd just assume the flash going off is the photog doing his job
    For wedding ok la. Normally I shoot international conferences.

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