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13-02-11, 08:50 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
My best advice, is learn the basics of photography first and be comfortable in your skill and abilities using the camera before you tackle doing wedding shoots. You have to be really on the ball, so a lot of planning needs to be undertaken so you can be in the right place at the right time with your camera already set ready for the next shot.
I'd be tempted to use two lenses, but have two cameras so you can put one lens on one camera and the other on your spare. I would also recommend having fast lenses, ie. lenses that can open up to a very wide aperture to give you more control and be able to use faster shutter speeds without having to force your ISO right up past the point where it really effects your image quality.
I've recently completed my first wedding shoot of my niece's wedding and I am so pleased I spent a good six months training and preparing myself for it, as I managed to make a half decent job of it. Not perfect, but good enough, though I was very aware of how easily it could have gone so horribly wrong all the way through it from start to finish. It can be a very stressfull experience trying to keep ahead of everyone else, because no couple wants their big day ruining by a photographer who keeps holding up proceedings.
My suggestion would be to practice photographing some other family get togethers, parties with friends and other social gatherings to bring your skills up to speed to start with before you launch yourself into doing wedding shoots. Once you feel your skills are polished by this practice then you can look at weddings. In fact, if you want to break yourself in more gently, why not be a professional wedding photographer's assistant as I think you'll learn more about what an undertaking it is and you'll see how an expert copes doing it through the preparation they do beforehand.
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