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Do weddings, need a light. Recommendations?


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#1 Mark Sperry

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:44 PM

Hi everybody.  I shoot weddings with a Nikon R8 and a Pro814.  I need a light for an upcoming event.  Any ideas on good, reasonably priced, and portable on camera lights?  Also any first hand experience shooting with one would be great.  I imagine I'll just have to meter the light at like 5-8 ft away and hope 500T has the latitude...  Or should I just stick with automatic?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

-Mark


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#2 Matt Stevens

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 07:46 AM

If the church is well lit go with 200T. If there are dark patches 500T might be more suitable. I never auto-meter. I take readings throughout the place before the ceremony begins so I know what I am up against and just overexpose a full stop when I am shooting (on manual). That works best since Kodak's neg stock looks lovely when pushed. Underexposing will mean explosive grain. 

 

For reversal you want to expose exactly or under by a 1/4 stop. 

 

As for lights, they will distract participants so no. I would not use one.


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