Ok guys! I'm doing my first wedding on October 10th and as well as some pre-wedding bride and more one on one shoots. i found her on craigslist.com, she posted an ad for a budget photographer since their photo budget was blown because the girl they had already hired and payed skipped town and took their money. since i needed a flash i offered to do the wedding for a barter, and since it was pretty low in cost they offered some money as well which is cool as well since i'm broke. lol.
now since this is my first wedding and i want to make sure this is perfect for obviously her but for me as well.
i am offering her the "Deluxe Package", i will be doing all the photos from ceremony to the party part (sorry no knowledge of wedding lingo). and since i have a background in Graphic Design, i offered a free site (weebly.com) for me to do and create a online wedding album for her to share with family and friends that could not be there, as well as discounts on any print work they might want.
and since i am broke, my brother has offered to loan me some money for extra and back-up equipment, which is amazing. so at the moment i have come to the point ware it is in need for me to upgrade my cam, right now i am using an Olympus E-300 with 14-42 II lens. the cam came out in 2006 so its missing some features i kinda need.
So i am looking into getting the Olympus E-510 wich is 10.0MP instead of 8MP as well as its slightly faster and has IS as well as live view and larger LCD. i found a E-510 body for $220 so i think i should try and get it.
now another thing is i am contemplating getting the Sigma 18-125mm DC lens. I am not sure yet on it, but i need to figure out if it is an ideal focal length for weddings and if its substantially better than the 14-42mm ED lens so i'm gonna have to go test it out at Tempe Camera this week if they have it. if anybody is familiar with this lens (any mount) please fill me in its hard to find any real comparison online.
as far as equipment, i'm wondering if its crucial to have a reflector?
as far as flash goes i will be using a DSLR 300 with defuser, i know, i know its cheap but i know it will do what i need it to do and last the wedding (i will have two just in case).
any tips you have for me, please feel free to express, besides the obvious "Record in RAW". lol.