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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.

thanks,
AMC

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Comment by Alexzander M. Carnel on September 10, 2010 at 4:28am
thanks igor, i don't plan on making mistakes, thats my down fall, at most things i tend to be a perfectionist. i'm not really a fan of renting equipment, because i like to use what i have, and i needed new equipment any ways, this way i can go on the fly without the worrie of lack of stuff.
and for vilma, i can't go to the location ant test lighting because i live in Arizona and Arizona is quite bipolar so it could be sunny one part of the day and end up overcast with in an hour. and i don't like to be too tecnical with angles and stuff because defeats the artistic purpose i was hired for, i have been given bassically free reign for the even so its best i keep myself suprised, and insparation will flow. DAMN YOU ADD! lol.
thanks for the tips guys, i will keep it all in mind. i will post my list of stuff i got later today.
Comment by Vilma Salazar on September 9, 2010 at 7:58am
Go to place where Wedding will take place and test some shots there at the same time wedding will be. This will teach you angles and light you will have available, so then you will know more or less the kind of settings you will use in your camera.
Comment by Igor Kondrya on September 8, 2010 at 8:16pm
camera + memory + flash + battery, why buy new equipment when you cane rent !!!
Comment by Igor Kondrya on September 8, 2010 at 8:11pm
this is what i did i asked my self is this what i want to do for living i sad yes, then go out there take does photos and screw everyone that will say anything, my first year i photograph 15 weeding this year almost every Saturday. MAKE MISTAKE TAKE RISC -While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. get the point
Comment by Oboy on September 7, 2010 at 3:31am
since its your first wedding..i would suggest you should have a backup photographer with you :)....and make sure you have a backup camera with you also :) ..... bring your reflector...it really helps :)... :)...good luck

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