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One of the things I hope to do on this blog is some book reviews. Right now, it’s just for me because I don’t expect much traffic to the site, but I hope that one day it’s helpful to other people as well.  I feel the need to mention that this is a book I borrowed from the library.  I don’t own it. I didn’t get it for free.  I’m not benefiting in any way by talking about it.

I shot my very first wedding last weekend.  I’ll share some pictures when I get up the courage to edit them.  It was for a friend of a friend. My friend knew that I love taking pictures, do it a lot, and have a pretty good camera. Her friend was getting married, was on a budget and needed a photographer.  And that’s where I came in.

I agreed to shoot the wedding to step waaaay outside of my comfort zone.  I shoot kids, my kids, in very casual settings. I’m happy with many of the pictures I take. I’m shockingly pleased by a few. I’m pretty much a point-and-shoot sort of gal. My friend assured me that this was a very laid back couple who would be thrilled to have wedding pictures. A photographer for their event was kind of an afterthought.

Anyway, after all the arrangements were made, I logged on to our local library and reserved about every photography book I could. I skimmed through most of them and Step-by-Step Wedding Photography by Damon Tucci was hands down the best reference I found. If it looked like I might photograph other weddings, I would purchase this book first.

The book starts with the very basics of shooting a wedding and progresses chronologically through the entire process from the initial consultation to the post-production.

But what I appreciated the most about this book is Damon Tucci’s approach. Unlike many of the other books I looked at, he travels light.  He seeks to get good lighting and settings by using what’s available instead of hauling a bunch of equipment.

This is a great approach for two reasons.  For me, I don’t have any equipment except for the camera, a couple basic lenses, tripod (which I borrowed) and speedlight.  It’s not an ideal scenario, but he works with it.

I also think the light approach is more realistic for today’s couples. There is a desire for more and more shots in different settings, and if you have to set up equipment for each location, then you lose a lot of the spontaneity and a lot of time, which is a precious commodity on the day of the wedding.

I highly recommend this book. It was a great resource for me as a beginning photographer, but I also think that experienced photogs just getting into the business of wedding photography would find vast amounts of valuable information.

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…I think I’m in love!

A few years ago I received this Nikon SB-600 Speedlight from my parents for my birthday. I’d asked for a different piece of equipment, but didn’t describe it very well, so I ended up with the speedlight. While I knew this was also something I wanted one day, I wasn’t really sure how to use it, so it never made it out of the box.

I’m shooing a wedding in just a couple of short weeks, and I thought if I could figure out how to use this flash, I might be able to work through some of my lighting issues in the church. I am so impressed with this flash!

I started taking some pictures of my little one in our bonus room at about 7:30pm. I just had one small light on and left the rest of the room in natural light, which made it pretty dim. My first shot was with the light directly at him.

I was so pleased with how well he turned out in the dim light that I started playing around with moving the flash to different angles. I didn’t keep track of exactly what I did because I was just having fun.

Then I put the 1.8f/50mm portrait lens on and really started enjoying the results.

Hopefully, this flash will give me enough light to get the shots that I’d like. I’m so nervous about this event. I’m just praying that I’m able to capture some good memories for the happy couple.

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