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Nikon 18-70mm enough for wedding shots?


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shark

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I was trying to take some photo of my friend's wedding the other day. When I take the couple in a roll (side view). I notice the the one behind is soft or out of focus. Could it be becos I wide open with my 50mm. I'm using the built-in flash. Any advise?

I just shot in a friends wedding recently with the same configuration. 18-70mm with SB600.
Set you expectation appropriately and you will be surprise by what the 18-70mm can do.
- ISO was maintain 400 ~ 800,
- Aperture > 5 since below that the 18-70 is expected to be soft. Also because the SB600 will be weaken with bounced flash
- RAW

I think the most important of all is color balance. I set in most cases to Flash, which you may have to do negative compensation during dinner because of warmer surrounding light.

After post processing(at least with EV correction), it should be reasonably good.

Hope it gives you confidence..
 

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ISO 800 a bit risky leh... unless i can nail the exposure, else i would rather overexpose a bit.

As for a shutter of 1/50 will it be a hit and miss? I had my cam fixed at 1/60 on a recent event shoot and i got quite a no. of camera shake blurs. Hmm...

Is there anyway to use flash yet create the warm tones of natural light?
Use gels on the flash.
 

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I was trying to take some photo of my friend's wedding the other day. When I take the couple in a roll (side view). I notice the the one behind is soft or out of focus. Could it be becos I wide open with my 50mm. I'm using the built-in flash. Any advise?
The aperture is not correct resulting in lack of depth of field.
 

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ISO 800 a bit risky leh... unless i can nail the exposure, else i would rather overexpose a bit.

As for a shutter of 1/50 will it be a hit and miss? I had my cam fixed at 1/60 on a recent event shoot and i got quite a no. of camera shake blurs. Hmm...

Is there anyway to use flash yet create the warm tones of natural light?
The pro that day told me don't shake or move the camera immediately after the shutter fires. helps with the shake blurs. well it works quite well.. ISO 800.. the effect turned out quite good :D i use in camera NR(High) not the long exposure one

just an example using the 50mm

 

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its ok to use 18-70, i did my brother in law wedding shot turns out alright for tea ceremony,outdoor and dinner. Exactly same equipment. I took 400++ raw. Don bounce
your flash, mine didint workout. Jus see see some lao jiao example, don be too agressive since this is your first. Complete it with a nice alblum and put them in sequence. Rember take all same orientation or you will have hardtime in your alblum. Don be intimidate by the chanllenge, its not so difficult, remember you are the boss, ask people to pose whichever you like. I got muscle ache the next day. Its Fun. Good Luck
 

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hmmm, srry for this noob question, hijack this tread abit, given similar situation, as it was for a wedding, will a D80 with 18-135mm kit lens + sb22s / sb600 enuff to cover,

from the answers, seems like alot of people recommending the 50mm (which cost ard $180?), is it a need?

btw, i am not the main photographer, just interested in photography and its my cousin wedding, so wanted to test out my skills)
 

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hmmm, srry for this noob question, hijack this tread abit, given similar situation, as it was for a wedding, will a D80 with 18-135mm kit lens + sb22s / sb600 enuff to cover,

from the answers, seems like alot of people recommending the 50mm (which cost ard $180?), is it a need?

btw, i am not the main photographer, just interested in photography and its my cousin wedding, so wanted to test out my skills)
yes enough, 50mm is not a need
 

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from the answers, seems like alot of people recommending the 50mm (which cost ard $180?), is it a need?
While it is nice to have 50mm f/1.8 AFD, it is not compulsory.

You might loose the moment when you thinking or changing lenses in the ceremony.

Regards,
Arto.
 

kivcarrot

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yes enough, 50mm is not a need
thx ortega, seems like you are always one of the first to answer my qns, hahah, thx alot~! e-shifu~!! btw, is there any good webbies or books to read up and test?

i have been borrowing books to read, observing other photographers' way of compositions, then i also try to do alot of testing and learning just in the hope that i can learn more before the actual shoot.
 

ortega

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thx ortega, seems like you are always one of the first to answer my qns, hahah, thx alot~! e-shifu~!! btw, is there any good webbies or books to read up and test?

i have been borrowing books to read, observing other photographers' way of compositions, then i also try to do alot of testing and learning just in the hope that i can learn more before the actual shoot.
try this list
 

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I have now only a 18-70mm, and a borrowed sb600. Would it suffice?
>> Yes it will suffice. If you have one body, please use 18-70 for the actions shoot. When you have lots of time to think, you may try 50mm. My experience is that it's the photographer's skill that's important.

On second thoughts, I'm thinking of getting the 50mm f1.8 for available light photography, as well as shallow bokeh for decos.
>> Agree that it is brighter and has more bokeh, use the f1.x portion sparingly, it could work for the worse if you are not careful how to use it well. f2.8 onwards will be "safer". But as I said, 50mm is for times when you have some slack to try "different" things. As a main photog, I advise keeping 18-70mm on at all times during the "main happenings".

Would it be recommended, or would the fixed focal length limit its flexiblilty? Should i save up for the mid zoom f2.8s instead?
>> Use the 18-70mm. Don't think you need to save up for a f2.8 len just for your friend actual day. Reasons are:
1) Group shots (more than 3, you need a proper f value so the people stay sharp at f2.8 you will blur people acccidentally unless you very conscientiously change the f value for different scenario.)

2) Action shots: Sometimes the people & situation move so fast, a larger f will save you in case focus slightly.

3) Focus on the event, look for faces, reactions, laughter, kisses, hugs, smiles, etc etc. Reposition yourself for a non-distracting background. The equipment will only bring you that far, the rest is in the photographer....
 

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