Photographer's Note

My mentor said, wedding photography photojournalism style is tough. In fact it is the toughest, and a lot more demanding compared to, say, sport/action photography. And no room for mistakes and no excuses. You missed it, you lost it and your client might not be so eager to pay. You must understand, a wedding is a once in a life time kind of thing and there's no such thing as a "retake" the next day. You bungled it, you die.

To have a good chance of coming through a wedding event, you need a quick and responsive low light lens or fast lenses. So what is fast lens? If you see F2.8, F1.8 or F1 on the lens's marking, this is what most photographers labelled as "Fast Lens". The F number thing is the widest aperture the lens could see through. The smaller the number, the "faster" the aperture speed you could go with it. We all know, handholding at aperture speed of less than 1/60 is asking for trouble. Unless you are anything like Norbert :)

If you can't get this fast lenses, get those lenses with image stabilizers. If you see abbreviations like IS, VR on the lens, short of you being epileptic, you have better/more chance of getting your picture sharp, when the ambience is in low light using these image stabilized lens.

You also need very much the best flash that works 100% with your camera. If you haven't been to a wedding, I would like you to know, the setting inside the church is a lot like a romantic candle light setting. It's not like they have a flood light daylighting the event! Beside this 100% reliability with your camera, get the flash that can swivel left, right, up and down, with TTL exposure and Flash Exposure Compensation or FEC. Those flashes with one way flashing, reminiscence of the retriever stance, just doesn't cut it anymore.

Select the highest ISO in your digital which has an "acceptable" noise, the kind of which NeatImage has no problem removing. On average, that would be ISO 400. In sport photography, we believe it is better be grainy than blurry. It is a lot easier to fix grainy images than blurry images don't you think.

If you think you couldn't hack it or will not having fun doing wedding photography, then you better don't.

But there's something similar to Wedding Photography.
Here's the run down. You couldn't control the event just like wedding but you have great light, unlike wedding's. It is casual, loud and exciting to everyone unlike wedding which is formal, romantically or religiously quiet and the only ones excited is the bride & bridegroom. The last time I checked, they even have a magazine for this kind of events; Sport Illustrated.

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