Wedding Shoot Prep

Well the preparations for the Wikar-Hadix wedding are pretty much complete. I have secured a Canon 70-200/f2.8L lens and purchased (finally) the Tokina 12-24/f4 lens that I’ve wanted for quite some time now.

As far as which lens I will use for which part of the wedding, I will most likely use the Canon 70-200 for the ceremony and bride-groom session only. It’s a little too long for the reception area as the tent is large but not quite large enough to warrant that kind of focal range. I will most likely go back down to the Canon 24-105/f4L that I use 90% of the time. The other camera will have the Tokina attached the entire time, as the wide angle is an absolute must for every part of the day.

I am considering purchasing another Canon 430EX because I seem to always need fill flash, or general flash when using the wide angle into the later hours of the evening. I’ve tried the pop-up flash but end up with a shadow because the focal length is so short. The reception tent is pure white, so bounce flash with the wide angle may be necessary and I don’t want to have to pull my 430EX off the main camera at any point. I’ll have to sleep on that one.

There is an abundance of shooting locations at the wedding site, more than I’ve seen at other weddings, so that problem is pretty much solved. Shooting locations include a garden, a mausoleum with long steps to the top, a stream with an Asian style bridge flanked by trees, a French Quarter style porch on the second level of the main building and various other brick/stone walkways with antique lighting fixtures. The number of different shooting locations is definitely going to require more shots than in the past.

I will be adding about 3 new 2GB CF cards to my inventory because I want to make sure I can shoot RAW the entire time. The last wedding, I wound up shooting JPG only with the wide angle camera because I actually started running low, which I never thought would happen with 8GB of CF cards. So this time I will be going in with 12GB and hopefully that will be enough.

More to come…