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09-22-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Lighting equipment for wedding

I will be shooting a friends wedding next month. It will be out side in the evening and in a rural area. I was told that there will not be much lighting. I have a good flash and a good lens(see my profile), but I think I may need a light set up. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend too much, but I understand that it will also be an investment.

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If this is a one time shoot, I'd look at renting some equipment ahead of time and playing around with light setups and exposure. It's certainly not something I'd want to be experimenting with on the day of the shoot.

Since you'll be outdoors, finding power sources may be a bit of an issue. If you can somehow manage to rent/borrow A number of flashes + wireless triggers might be effective for longer range work. Another option might be to use a tripod, stop down and paint by light (just make sure you're dressed in black). There are even some inexpensive optically triggered dumb flashes you can pick up. Just tape some vellum to them and they'll give some localized softer lighting sources.

Good luck...
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Do you have a reliable wireless feature on your flash?
If so, use it creatively.
Do you have a portable umbrella and stand?
Use that - IMO this would be the best way to softly light your subjects to balance out the evening background.

That's what I would do, and the examples you can see of a similar setup in similar settings are portraits by devisor on this forum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by somethinchill Quote
I will be shooting a friends wedding next month. It will be out side in the evening and in a rural area. I was told that there will not be much lighting. I have a good flash and a good lens(see my profile), but I think I may need a light set up. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend too much, but I understand that it will also be an investment.
WHY do you think you need a "light set up"? I take you are thinking you need something more than your camera and your current hot-shoe flash. Why do you think you need more? I'm not saying you don't - I just want to understand what you're thinking about.

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Indeed, just 'to get the job done' you don't need more than just a good flash on the camera's hotshoe.
Though that setup does limit how much you can creatively light your subjects.
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