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14-02-11, 11:33 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
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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.
I think that this is particularly good and pertinent advice!
This is a no risk, no pressure environment perfect to learn in. What's that you say 'no gatherings coming up'? Then go out and do some street photography. If you can combine these two then you will learn so much by reviewing your shots after each session and working out what went wrong and what went right and how you can improve.
For example, you will lean:
not to forget to switch your ISO back down from 24,000 from the previous evening shoot, to make sure you have recharged all your camera batteries, which lens you need for which shot, how flash works and when you need it and when you don't, how to control the available light inside and outside, how to quickly pose people to get the shots you want and so on and so forth.
If you want you can then take it to the next stage by putting pressure on yourself and make a list of shots you 'must' get at one of these function, and see how you do.
If you take this advice I can pretty much assure you that in a few months time you will be thanking your lucky stars that you did, and did not just rush off and shoot the first wedding that 'came along'.
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