OK, my wedding is in 3 days. Ahhh, and this is my wedding, not a wedding shot im doing.
I will be having a friend be the photographer, she is used to Nikon, has been familiar shooting for 3+ years, so general's should be covered.
Question: Me and her have never used a flash like this. I have a defusor for it also. I'll try to stay brief and list my questions. When answering please take into consideration that I have had this on my camera once. So any elaborate tuning and complex settings are probably not gonna happen. Try to give me the "simple" way to get through the day the best we can.
Under a Small Gazibo. Time will be 3:30 pm so sun is high.
1st: Should I use the Diffuser here?
2nd: Guessing bounce is out of the question?
3rd: Should I keep the camera on the "P" setting or the Square "O" shaped setting, or another. (canon book on my flash said it would act like an auto with it on this setting?
4th: F-stop number for head and sholder shots?
.......Fstop on full body shots with 2 people "bride and Me"
5th: I'm gessing I'll just keep an eye on brightness with flash and get the Compensation to a good amount?
Next Place, Time 4:00 PM, out side, open area, some have tree's with shade, many are dead in open sky. There is a 1/2 acre pond with lots of landscaping around it. I will post pictures of these 2 places in a few hours.
1st: I'm assuming flash will always be used for a fill flash correct?
2nd: Should I use the diffusor?
3rd: should I use a polarizer filter here?
4th: If I have a Large wedding party spread out to almost the edges of the camera view, What F-stop should I use?
5th: Should I use a tripod?
6th If I'm in high light, seems almost too bright, expecially on rocks or brides dress, Should I underexpose the picture a bit? any suggestions?
7th: Full body shots of Bride, F-spot suggestions?
8th: Assuming head shots should stay around F3.5-4? one person or two?
9th: What setting should I be shooting with Av? or do I need to stick with the P or square O mentioned above?
I'm sorry for the abundance of questions. This wedding stuff has got me rushing around like we said we didn't want to do. LOL
I hate having to Rush trying to learn. Its the last thing I wanted to do. But I haven't got a chance to shoot a wedding myself yet so its still all new.
the lens I have will be the 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. That day I will also have another assistant with a new XSi, had the camera for a week, very new. But she has the Kit 18-55mm IS lens. There will be a nikon camera if needed, she has the 18-200mm lens. I know these lenses aren't all pro lenses but doing what we can.
Thanks again for the help and trying to filter trough all my amautre questions. I have to figure most of these out and then translate them to my photographers. If you can answer 1 or all of them that would be awesome. And I will try to get some pictures up tonight of the area where it is to be taken. The wedding is the 15th.
EDITED: The ones with a flash were used with the Canon 40D flash NOT the 580.
Here are the pictures of a few places around the location of the wedding.
Notice the rocks are so bright, to bright, washed out. I tried to turn exposure comp down but it wouldn't let me. Just kept it at 250. at least in Av mode.
The others are just to show the area. and obviously the gazibo is where we will be getting married. And I don't know any of those other people, there was prom that night so all the kids came to take pictures.