wah , I would recommend the constant 17-50mm f 2.8 also, with flash.
plan and know what the couple will be doing on that day and make sure ur 1 step ahead.
since ur the main photog, take control and ask them to pose for important shots and make sure peope get out of your way haha
if you can handle indoor lighting and taken part in weddings from morning to night before I believe you will do just fine
just remember to act fast as some moments do not repeat
oh yah , never forget the group family shots hor hhaha, later their ah mah come after u, have fun !
Erm, i make them repeat lor hahaha....see how many times they can feed each other dessert
Ya, group shots should all be quite alright as it is a controlled/posed shot. But then again there have been instances in the past where a picture looks alright on my LCD then when open in laptop looks not so ok
Some of my uncertainties are like when during the first march in, wait got different lights and spots lights coming from a few different directions (some back, some front) then don't know if should use the flash or not, etc....but like wat another forumer said, so a photography dry run before the wedding itself (i only doing the night part). Day part, the other guy doing himself (wedding is in KL, i can't reach there so early yo do the morning part).
If a good friend actually went to the extent of running such lines by me and I *had* to do the job even after insisting many times that a professional would be more appropriate, I would make sure I had a backup body. A promise made is a promise kept and I won't want to have to smile at them sheepishly in the middle of the wedding telling them that the shutter unit ran through its life and I have no more camera to shoot their day.
My advise is to rent a D600 (make sure you have a couple of battery with that too) and a 24-70mm. Then use your existing camera as a backup.
If I were you I'll let your friend know about your problems preparing for his 'big' day. Seems like your day will be 'bigger'
than his with all this planning,mulling over whether to buy or rent including doing a very good job covering his wedding
even though this is your first ever wedding shoot.Any way no offense to your friend since he's getting married and am sure
money already prepared for this once in a lifetime thingy why spare his expense of hiring a proper pro photog to do the job
and prefer to put so much stress on you.
shutter speed try to get as fast as u can... and just note when events are happening forget about checking if the photo is okay, u can hear ur shutter, if its fast enough it should be good enough (unless too bright over expose haha which might happen on sunny days) oh yah , and try to take RAW for extensive salvage of photos ahaha
Try not to bring too much lens out otherwise you will spend most of the time changing lens instead of shooting.
What Catchlight meant is, since your friend just want someone to shoot for them.
They don't seem they need pro grade or those can win awards but those they can share on social media.
So TS, bring out the gear you're familiar and enjoy the shooting.
As a friend it's more important to let him know your standard and capability in covering his 'big' day.Yeah no doubt he says he doesn't mind
and will just keep the pictures away but on hindsight there's his and her family who will want to see the end result and at the end of it all
you'll be at the receiving end of nasty comments. It's not as easy that you imagine about wedding coverage less you have gone thru several
wedding shoots. Yes you may not have the 'courage' to question him,being his friend 'tao ka chew leh' but with him saving $$$ on your expense
guess it's both your choices. Wish you luck then.
Note of thanks to those who gave me useful tips here as well as those who PM'ed me your tips. I will try to remember to KISS and get the main (important) pics right....
*comments as a newbie myself also* LOL..
16-85 - outdoor (standby)
17-50 - indoor (mostly using)
18-105 (keep at home)
55-200 (keep at home)
use 17-50 and bring 16-85 for standby.. (personally i think you might need it if situation arises.. (correct me if i'm wrong))
55-200 - just walk nearer.. (too many lens, no time to change, I think change settings also headache ler, leave changing lens one side)
just my 2cents of comments as a newbie..