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Old Jul 27, 2002, 6:23 PM   #1
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Went to friends wedding & tried out my D7i.
1. If possible, use tripod. (Rarely possible)
2. Lighting in church & reception was very poor. Got a handful of decent flash shots.
3. Wished I'd learned the movie mode.
4. Used one set of bstteries due to using the LCD too much.
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Old Jul 27, 2002, 7:04 PM   #2
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1) low light get bigger strobe HS3600D $180 or HS5600D $375
2) get bigger battery pack- see discussion groups- my opinion varies quite a bit from the others.
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Old Jul 28, 2002, 11:01 AM   #3
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Weddings , parties, in the crowd .... Monopod is king
I don't like shoe mounted flashes , it unbalance a light cam like the Di7 , a bracket mount flash helps to stabilize also ...
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Old Jul 29, 2002, 7:51 AM   #4
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Thought later about setting shutter speed priority - forgot to try it. Didn't use Dimage software & wonder if that's why printed photos turned out grainy? (Compared to my monitor.)
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Old Jul 29, 2002, 11:22 PM   #5
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In case you missed it, in program mode , if built in flash is not used, you can "shift" the program , ie changing the shutter speed / aperture pair , yet still having a good exposure parameters combination . ( see manual page 49)
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Old Jul 30, 2002, 6:40 AM   #6
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Thanks, Kcan. I thought of that in hindsight.
I took the camera as a learning experience. Don't know how it would have turned out but wished I was ready in multi-shot mode when the bride and groom came marching toward me after the ceremony.
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Old Aug 2, 2002, 9:59 AM   #7
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Weddings are tricky as each chapel will have different rules on what you can and cannot do. If you can use a flash don't fool around with a built in flash. I used to use a Nikon SB-11 potato masher but just got a Metz 45CL-4 so I can use it with digital or film. A bounce flash with beaucoup power is the way to go. If you can't use flash or tripod get the fastest lens you can and a monopod if possible so you can leave ISO as low as possible.
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Normally after the weddings, two/three big studio strobes is the way to go. Especially for big groups like family members (or friends) @ the altar... like Padeye said "beaucoup power is the way to go".

Bounce is usually not feasible due to high ceilings, but diffuse AC strobes are more practical when strategically located at the entrance/exit.
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