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Old October 7th, 2014, 03:24 AM   #31
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Re: First Wedding - advice for a solo shooter?

I cheat Mitch - If I'm using a tripod and stood at the front, I pre-focus on the groom and frame him so that you can see the bride come into focus as she walks up to him - then I follow her all the way down the Isle with my CX730 on autofocus - job done!

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Old October 7th, 2014, 05:55 AM   #32
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Nice one Peter. Starting to think I should've got a 70D instead of a 6D. That touch screen AF works so smoothly for a DSLR!
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Old October 7th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #33
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Re: First Wedding - advice for a solo shooter?

One method is not to bother tracking. Ie: preset the focus at a certain point, then just let her walk into then out of focus

I'd say try it but don't rely on it. Its a tried and tested technique in stills for scenarios where it may be too dark to focus reliably and / or the subjects may be moving quickly or unpredictably such as in the processional or recessional. The problem is that the depth of field is so narrow at the f-stop you need to use in low light that your subject is only actually in focus for a nano-second. Not so noticeable for video as it is for stills but a trap none-the-less.

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Old October 7th, 2014, 07:09 AM   #34
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Re: First Wedding - advice for a solo shooter?

I just solo shot my first 3 camera ceremony,

For focus, I have two cameras already set and focused on the front area (the groom). One from the back (85mm on full frame - wide shot), and the other from the same side the bride will be on (135mm on 70D, 3 shot of the groom). Then, I'm crouched at the head of the aisle and have a 70D so I can track everyone down with a 35mm equivalent.

For audio, I did a wireless on the pastor, fed to my aisle camera; a pocket recorder on the groom, and another pocket recorder stashed where the readings took place.

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