Tomorrow marks one month till I photograph my first wedding. I am really excited for the images I'll get, but I am SO nervous! I did a wedding job shadow with my teacher last year in December and that helped me realize this is something I am capable of. I know how to pose the couple/groups, I am always looking at wedding photos gathering new ideas. The couple also told me after their engagement session that they are confident I will do a great job on the wedding, it's really nice having them believe in me like that.
My problem is I keep reading about weddings and the loads of equipment people insist that is necessary to do a good job photographing a wedding. I really don't have the money for all those fast f/2.8 lenses and flash guns.
Before reading about all the "required" equipment I felt a lot more confident. I was pretty happy with the photos I got from assisting a wedding with my only lens at the time 17-85mm IS. Since then I got a f/1.8 50mm which I love, but I realize it is not all that versatile for weddings. Hopefully I can get some portraits of the bride/groom with it though. I used it for their entire engagement session almost, so I think it should work for this too. I am just feeling quite intimidated and could use some encouragement.
So anyway, I'm caught in a dilemma.
I have about $450 available to spend on the wedding (I'm regretting not asking for a downpayment now
). With this money, I'm for sure gonna need to buy a backup battery
for the Rebel XT which is listed at $89 for the Canon brand. Does anyone know of a place to get the battery cheaper, maybe a non-Canon brand battery? Secondly, I need more memory
, I currently have 4GB. Thirdly, I would like a backup camera body
. Currently, I have my Canon S3 IS which has a great 12x optical zoom, but I would really prefer an SLR for backup. So I am debating finding a place to rent one (haven't had much luck with) or buying a cheap used Rebel body. Any suggestions here? I would really prefer to rent one, but what do you think?
Lastly, if I ended up renting a body, I may have money to spare for a Sigma lens
. I was looking at the 70-300mm f/4-5.6($200), 28-70mm f/2.8-4 ($140), 28-135mm f/3.8-5.6 ($130). I haven't read the most positive reviews on the last two lenses and I'm not too sure if I would need a telephoto that slow. Do you think any of these are worth the money, or should I just stick with my 17-85mm and 50mm?
Other than the wedding stuff, I'm pretty busy with photos. Last week I took photos of a drama dress rehersal for my church. It took quite a while to edit the 70 photos. I also volunteered to take photos for my church's soccer camp. So tomorrow and Thursday I'll be taking photos and gotta have them all edited by Friday so they can use them for a slideshow. I am just missing the fun in photography lately. Like I don't mind taking all these photos, but I miss taking portraits and nature photos. The garden is full of photogenic flowers and I just can't find the time to take photos or get around to editing them. Sorry for such a depressing journal, it's just how it is now.
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