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    yo! i have been asked by a good friend to help her take photos on her wedding. i only have a c5050z, no other accessories. chances are i can borrow a teleconverter and wide angle lens, and a x drive from my other good friend, thats all. anyone can give me tips etc, on what to take, what to note, and very very important, settings!~

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    Flash is important..

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    It would be good if you can follow her on her practice runs (church, dinner).. or maybe scout out the lighting at the homes. Familiarise yourself with the environment. (eg, where is the toilet..)

    good luck!

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    Some tips for c5050:

    1) adjust your iso till you can get f1.8 with 1/30 or 1/60. iso400 noise might be too high for MY taste. (you have to try it to see if it is acceptable to you)

    2) switch to marco mode to capture wedding items that are interesting. (flower, cards, deco etc.)

    3) bring more spare batteries.

    4) if need to use built in flash, try to use -1 or even -2 Flash compensation plus slow sync.

    5) try all the above until you are familiar to cut down time of preparation BEFORE the wedding day!

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    thanks for the replies ^_^

    i cant get an external flash leh, not very confident of getting the extra lenses as well ...

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    me be your back-up assistant??

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    Quote Originally Posted by vader
    me be your back-up assistant??
    wa haha, how come so many people interested in being backup asisstant ha? pm me if you are interested, but no guarantee, my friend has to be comfortable with it. and another person has offered to back up also. ... so ... we can still discuss la.

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    Eh, tok you might have problems with the lens you are having...not wide enuf...anyway me like to shoot in B/W...

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    Note that there should always be a max to the number of shooters 2 photographers max, no more.

    If you're the backup, then you shouldn't be looking for anymore photographers

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Note that there should always be a max to the number of shooters 2 photographers max, no more.

    If you're the backup, then you shouldn't be looking for anymore photographers
    very true, as the official photog myself, i find that with too many people around,it hinders my work. we are paid to do the job, we "MUST" deliver the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beivied
    yo! i have been asked by a good friend to help her take photos on her wedding. i only have a c5050z, no other accessories. chances are i can borrow a teleconverter and wide angle lens, and a x drive from my other good friend, thats all. anyone can give me tips etc, on what to take, what to note, and very very important, settings!~
    Oh dear, I hope you're not the main photographer if this is your first time shooting wedding events.....

    My advice is at least get 2 cameras so that if one fails, you'll have a backup. Also, an external flash is very important. Oh ya, watch those shuttle speed setting. Sometimes the shuttle speed could be too high to capture the background lighting, esp so in group shoots. For SLRs and DSLRs this would be something like 1/30. Not sure of the c5050z though.

    Stock up on those memory cards and batteries. The worst that could happen is to run out of memory cards and/or power to shoot. So better beg, borrow, steal or rob some.

    Lastly, talk through with the bride and groom what are the shoots that's die die must take one. So you can and will know what to expect. What I can think of are thoes shoots of bride makeup, tea ceremony, oath taking(for church wedding), group photos for dinner, etc, etc, etc. You get the picture.

    My 2 cents worth.
    Hope I'm more of a help then a drag.

    Good Luck....

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    thanks for the advice. about batteries ah, card memory ah, i am not worried, already in my mind, since other photoshoots i also have to take care of these, esp diving. worried about the limits of my equipment and my eye only ...

    ok, just in case, this is not a paid job k, so if people interested in helping me out, its gotta be voluntary.

    ya, unfortunately, i am the main photog. no choice. i did advise her to get a pro one and i be the back up. for the event, there is one video cam man, and two photogs, the other one not going to be photog liao. so left me. never occurred to me, but it would be great if i can get one more person to help out.

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    oh, and i actually only intend to get one person to help out. if two are interested, and has a better equipment profile than me, (who only has a camera) i can let two of you take the photos while i be the bride's "sister", hehe.

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    Heh! I am also sortof in your shoes. I volunteered to be a backup photographer and suddenly he decides that he does not want a main photographer and that I am it.... (^_^;;

    Scary! But he is willing to take the risk and so this Saturday I shall have my 1st advanture in this area. I am pulling another guy in as a backup.

    Here's my check list which I shall share with you:
    1) Main camera and one backup camera in case anything goes wrong
    2) 2 sets of batteries for camera
    3) 2 sets of batteries for flash
    4) Charger for batteries
    5) Spare memory cards
    6) Lenses: I shall be bringing these few - 18-55mm, 50mm, 28-70mm, and 55-200mm. (ur... for your olympus, I guess you will just have to do with it unless you want to add a teleconvertor to extand the reach... in which case I have one which I can lend)
    7) External flash
    8) Xdrive or Nixvue kinda storage device
    9) At least one buddy in case you need some moral booster

    Some events to take:
    1) Bride combing hair and makeup before meeting the groom
    2) Groom arriving in car and opening door (if natural shot no good you may wanna ask him to pose a bit)
    3) Groom at door begging to see bride
    4) Ceremony stuff at bride's place
    5) Tea ceremony
    6) Outdoor if required
    7) Signing in for dinner
    8) Walking in for dinner with kids at side and throwing flowers etc
    9) Speech
    10) Champagne + yam seng
    11) Cake
    12) Table to table
    13) Sabo!!!
    You backup probably will take those other events happening like
    friends and jie mei stuff.

    Settings, try to bounce flash if possible, if not use a omni bounce. If day is bright enough, use ambient and maybe a little fill flash. At dinner: If shutter speed too high the background will become black. If shutter speed too low you may get blurred images. See which is the best for your camera. Other stuff would be is your friend expecting prints or CD or ???.

    Urrmmm.. that's all I can get out of my mind now. Oh... if you need a backup for yours, just PM me.
    Good luck!

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    external flash is very important leh.
    and remember to bounce it when u can...
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    the big problem here is .. i dont have external flash

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    anybody knows where i can rent a flash?

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    go buy lor
    Quote Originally Posted by beivied
    anybody knows where i can rent a flash?

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    if you're the backup, then external flash is not important. Since you have a f1.8 lens, you can specialise in taking available light shots. A lot of nice, non-conventional wedding shots are taken without flash. But if you're the main, I suppose you are expected to deliver those "standard" shots so external flash is a must then.

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    one friend of mine is very kind to lend me his flash, so touched!~ ya sadly i am the main photog .... !

    anyone knows any website where i can see some wedding shoots or maybe you can share with me yours? just for reference?
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