Shooting mode for weddings actual day


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jeanie

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would like to know your preferred shooting mode for actual day weddings.

M-manual
A-aperture priority
S-shutter speed priority
P-program (are you sure you use this?:D )
 

zac08

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A mode. Prefer to set the bokeh for the scene.
M mode for the tricky few shots when I have more time to compose and execute.
 

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normall A mode, for the bokeh.
M if got time to do some arty farty stuff... which is very seldom given the time constraints.
P sometimes, if rushing, well sounds funny but it works quite ok
 

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A mode most of the time. S mode when I need to capture motion. M mode when I use flash for indoors, e.g. banquet.

I also use auto-ISO most of the time... setting the max ISO to 400 or 800.

BC
 

jeanie

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thanks guys.
i spoke to some professional photogs and they use manual all the way.

i'm shooting a wedding this sunday, so i thought i poll it to see majority.
i'm not comfortable with manual mode for day time events.i'm afriad i'll be busy firing away and wont take note of over/under exp.
so i think i will stick to A mode.

BUT

i was told if i use A mode, and i print out the pictures and lay them on the table, there wont be exposure 'consistency'.
which means, given a typical scene and different shots fired, some will have background brighter, some, dimmer.

for banquet, i understand using M.i tried it after reading my 'how to shoot banquet' thread, and the exposures are really consistent.
 

jeanie

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acutally P mode works

if not then all the P&S cameras will ot have pictures
try it to see for yourself

i dont have a p&s anymore.gave it to my nephew to play with it already.
 

jeanie

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A mode most of the time. S mode when I need to capture motion. M mode when I use flash for indoors, e.g. banquet.

I also use auto-ISO most of the time... setting the max ISO to 400 or 800.

BC

for motion, what's a safe speed to use?1/15 can?

also, what cam body you using?iso800 wont it be 'noisy'?
 

Deadpoet

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for motion, what's a safe speed to use?1/15 can?

also, what cam body you using?iso800 wont it be 'noisy'?
1/15 - CANNOT ... motion blurr, handshake blurr ... blurr blurr

Canon 5D onwers will not think twice before setting ISO to 800. 1600 is still usable but you have to have the exposure spot on.
 

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for motion, what's a safe speed to use?1/15 can?

also, what cam body you using?iso800 wont it be 'noisy'?
Motion... depends on how fast the motion is, focal length and how stable you are. For wide angles, 1/15s is quite manageable... with VR you can push it further.

I am using D80. With proper exposure, ISO800 is good enough. Even ISO1000 is ok if you don't print big.

BC
 

jeanie

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1/15 - CANNOT ... motion blurr, handshake blurr ... blurr blurr

Canon 5D onwers will not think twice before setting ISO to 800. 1600 is still usable but you have to have the exposure spot on.
canon noise control really that good huh
 

jeanie

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Motion... depends on how fast the motion is, focal length and how stable you are. For wide angles, 1/15s is quite manageable... with VR you can push it further.

I am using D80. With proper exposure, ISO800 is good enough. Even ISO1000 is ok if you don't print big.

BC
but if you deliberately want motion pics, VR should be off isnt it?
i dunno about iso1k.but for me personally, iso800 for d200 is really noisy.
maybe my exposures aint right.
i'll try.thanks:)
 

eng_keow

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Are you shooting indoors or outdoors?

Indoors: Use your flash SB800. Fantastic flash. Meter the surroundings to get ev -1 or so, with iso at 400 or 800 depending on what kind of Tv you will be getting on the aperture setting. I use a wide zoom 17-40mm, where I set the aperture to f5.6 and try to get the Tv to 1/40 or 1/50. Bounce the flash off the ceiling and use a bounce card to fill in the shadows. Depending on the ambient lighting, you may have to select the white balance rather than let it stay a auto. But this is really cumbersome as you have to remember to change the setting if you change the area of shoot.

Outdoors: Use shutter priority if there is lots of action. May have to use higher iso 400 if you need higher speeds. Most importantly, use continuous shoot mode on AI servo. Take 3 frame burst, otherwise you'll miss out on some classic moments that you will regret.

All the best for your wedding shoot. :)
 

megaweb

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Any mode also can use as long as you are comfortable

M-manual
usually good for indoor where the ambient light does not change much. Use flash to bounce off ceiling or wall.

A-aperture priority
good for controlling DOF esp. shallow DOF for 3D effect. Flash for fill-in.

S-shutter speed priority
good for motion effect like panning , 2nd curtain sync , etc . Flash for fill-in.

P-program
if above mode give unsatisfied results, use this mode.
 

noob117

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if u using low light n no VR/IS/VC/OS all that stuff then can rest on a wall or something.
i managed to get sharp background with motion blur at 1/10 without VR/IS just by resting
on a wall... it sure helps alot. :)
 

jeanie

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Are you shooting indoors or outdoors?

Indoors: Use your flash SB800. Fantastic flash. Meter the surroundings to get ev -1 or so, with iso at 400 or 800 depending on what kind of Tv you will be getting on the aperture setting. I use a wide zoom 17-40mm, where I set the aperture to f5.6 and try to get the Tv to 1/40 or 1/50. Bounce the flash off the ceiling and use a bounce card to fill in the shadows. Depending on the ambient lighting, you may have to select the white balance rather than let it stay a auto. But this is really cumbersome as you have to remember to change the setting if you change the area of shoot.

Outdoors: Use shutter priority if there is lots of action. May have to use higher iso 400 if you need higher speeds. Most importantly, use continuous shoot mode on AI servo. Take 3 frame burst, otherwise you'll miss out on some classic moments that you will regret.

All the best for your wedding shoot. :)
both in and out.

when you say meter the ev to -1, i dont really understand that.-1 wrt wat?the flash?so how do i know when it's -1 wrt to the flash since my flash is to ttl?
appreciate the explanation.
 

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