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Old September 2nd, 2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Weddings - The First Dance Advice Please

I have downloaded the wedding custom preset from this website, the ceremony looks great!

I am white balancing before each section - I am not using a light on the camera and I am about to shoot on the dark dance floor. Does anyone have advice re shutter speeds/gain/exposure etc to capture the mood, and keep the darkness true on the footage of the first dance when using the custom preset. Should I continue to use the TV mode, or the Spotlight or Low light modes?

My second family wedding is forthcoming (in the UK) so should be able to experiment - but would like to hear of your preferences out there.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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I tend to work with around 6-9db of gain in at this point in the proceedings. Assuming we're talking about typical night time/night club lighting then it seems to work ok in terms of representing the mood truthfully ?

I don't like working with the iris wide open, certainly no more than around f2.8 and ideally narrower when possible? It's a tricky situation, you can always ask for the lights to be left up a little for the first dance or two, without killing the atmosphere for the party goers.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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Allen, just out of curiosity why dont you like to open the iris all the way?
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Old September 3rd, 2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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Allen, just out of curiosity why dont you like to open the iris all the way?
Because it's difficult to assess the focus with the combination of a negligible depth of field and a poor LCD viewfinder. I think somewhere between f5.6-4.0 is the ideal hunting ground, but not easily attainable at a relatively uncontrollable event such as a wedding shoot.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 01:01 PM   #5
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Ok, makes sense.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #6
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I found this little clip via another forum and thought some of the wedding guys would appreciate the sentiment...

http://www.videobycarol.com/home_pag...otography.html
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Allen, that was very funny.
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