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Friday, October 16th, 2009

No Flash Photography

I've known for over a year that I'm photographing a wedding next weekend.

Yesterday, they tell me there will be no flash photography allowed.

Help! Any Humzooers have suggestions for me???

Just during the ceremony, though, right? I think that's pretty typical.
Courtney Heinzel   Friday, October 16, 2009
What are your choices of lenses? You should shoot on aperture priority at the very least in the lowest number you have available.
Jenn   Friday, October 16, 2009
I have an 18-55 lens and a 75-300. I also thought I should probably shoot at 800 ISO but wondered how much quality I would lose by doing that.
Ames   Friday, October 16, 2009
You will lose (so I'm told) some quality when you up your ISO. I've experienced playing with aperture is the best way to go. Play with it at home in the dark and low light settings. My own personal problem is finding focus in the dark when I can't really see my subject too well.

But I can promise there are FAR more experienced photogs here to help you. :)
Richie & Ashley   Friday, October 16, 2009
Bring a tripod and have a steady hand.
shoo   Friday, October 16, 2009
Have a tripod. I've had to shoot a wedding from the back of the church with no flash allowed, and it turned out kinda bad. I have the same lenses as you. In the end, there's nothing you can do. If you have to follow the rules of the church they've chosen, then you just have to make sure to communicate the problem with the bride & groom at some point. Really though it is out of your control. Tripod is a must, and take a lot of shots. If you don't have a remote, try doing some timer shots so that your hand doesn't vibrate the camera (assuming you're zoomed in). 800 ISO is a must. I've bumped mine up to 1600 at times, but it's pretty bad. Good luck :)
Dave Heinzel   Friday, October 16, 2009
Use the wider lens and get close. Either shoot wide open and make sure you get the focus spot on or experiment before hand with shutter speeds to make sure you know what the slowest shutter speed you can hold your camera steady at any given focal length.
LimeyGeorge   Friday, October 16, 2009
Thanks guys. I'm hoping everything will turn out ok, but I'm getting nervous now that it's getting close to the date.

Dave, did you use your 75-300 lens at all for the wedding your referring to? The bride mentioned there is a balcony that they would like some shots from. I wondered if it would be worth it at all in the low light.
Ames   Saturday, October 17, 2009
Do you have any 2.8 lenses? You'll actually get great results with those in a low light at a high ISO. I can even shoot off of a tripod with those lenses. If you don't have one, you might want to rent one from a local camera store. The remote or timed shots is a great idea, too.

I'm crossing my fingers for you that the church has a lot of natural light in it, and it won't be so bad. :)

As far as shutter speed goes, Limey has great suggestions, too. I can shoot at 1/30th with not tripod. For the formal shots, I shoot on 1/25th on a tripod w/flash. I got beautiful lighting on that setting a couple of weeks ago.

Good luck!!
Jenn   Saturday, October 17, 2009
Neither of my personal lenses are 2.8, but I'm going to check to see if we use any at work (I don't think we do, but I'm crossing my fingers). I do have a remote so I think I will at least be using that if I can't get my hands on a 2.8.

Thanks for all the tips, guys. I'm feeling more comfortable about this now.
Ames   Sunday, October 18, 2009
How did it go?
K8Day   Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It actually went well. I was just about to post a couple of pictures. The church was nicely lit and I wasn't as nervous as I thought once I got there.

I did learn that Pastor Picky Pants had a long list of rules in addition to the no flash photography. Twenty minutes before the ceremony I found out that he did not want anyone moving around during the ceremony. The bride had just finished going through a long list of what pictures she wanted taken and from where. Dilemma: piss off the bride or piss off the pastor?

The rest of his rules included no gum chewing and no alcohol consumption before or during the ceremony. I happen to agree on the last one, but it is sad that it had to be made into a rule. I just picture someone in the middle of the service pulling out a forty in a brown paper bag and taking a chug. Must've happened or he wouldn't have mentioned it, right?
Ames   Wednesday, October 28, 2009
HA! I can understand before or after (until reception) but during? Wow, if you have to be told...
K8Day   Thursday, October 29, 2009
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