Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tiring but fun!

I am tired, yet totally stoked. On Saturday, I assisted/second shot a wedding for Stagi Imagery. This was my first wedding in about a year and I was a little nervous going in. But the day went smoothly, the venue was beautiful and the bridge and groom were great.

This was a much different experience from the first time I was a second shooter at a wedding. I was much more prepared, both skill and equipment wise and mentally prepared. I was pretty tired by the end, but totally pumped because I really enjoyed doing the wedding. Now I just need to find the time to process the 8+ gigs of images I shot, but I do have a couple more in my AK Imagery blog.

This wedding was also a fantastic learning opportunity. I quickly learned a few technical things. First I really, really need 2 bodies. Next I need one large bag or rolling pelican case (walking from place to place with 3 camera bags was painful). I was worried that the fast pace of a wedding would be too much for primes so I mainly focused on using my 24-70 zoom. I learned that this isn't necessarily the case and that primes can definitely be used effectively (especially if you have 2 or more bodies). I also learned a few aesthetic things like posing tips. Mark is a great guy to learn from and I'm hoping to do several more weddings in next year's season.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds2, 24-70 @ 28mm, f/5, 1/125s, ISO 1600.


Michael said...

Looks good! So, what are you going to get for a second body? ;)

Aravind Krishnaswamy said...

Thanks. I'm in the process of selling the 1Ds2 for a 1D3 (I want the extra FPS for Safari in Africa). I'll take the left over $$$ and probably pick up a used 5D down the road.

I tried using Kim's Rebel XTi as a second but the difference in the interface is just too much during a wedding. The 1D3 and the 5D have similar interfaces so it shouldn't be a problem.