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Hi everyone.

I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and i have been asked to take some photos at a brides house before she leaves for the register office.

I would like some help and tips on what shooting modes and settings to sasve a lot of embarrassment.

I have a Nikon D5000 with 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 70 - 300 mm zoom lens and a Nikon Speedlight SB600.

 The wedding is in a couple of weeks, so any help would be appreciated

Many thanks


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Comment by Robert Davis on August 7, 2014 at 2:46pm

I suggest you use the 18-55 kit lens. Set your camera's White Balance to "Flash", always use the RAW file format, always use bounced flash when possible or bounce the light off a reflector, always use the lowest possible ISO - preferably ISO 100, and rely heavily on the tripod as it's your best friend. Prior to doing any type of professional photography, find the "Sweet Spot" in your lens and use it to your advantage. As for shooting mode?????????? Use the "A!" That will put you in control of the depth of field - refer back to the "Sweet Spot." When using window light - I recommend you do this a lot - be sure to use a reflector for the shadows and to add a catch-light in the eyes. Last but not least --- "It's the brides day, make her feel like a queen!"

Comment by Laura L. Smith on August 3, 2014 at 6:58am

In my Clicking for Cash from Home book, I have several chapters on posing your subjects for any event or situation plus external flash lighting for wedding photography. First off if you are not being paid--good--this will be a great way to get some photos for your portfolio.

First off you should already know how to pose your subject. If not visit my Word Press site at to see examples of my wedding photography. There is too much to learn in this short forum.

use bounce flash instead of direct flash. This is done by not placing the flash into the hot shoe. This means you need a stroboframe which will make it possible to turn the top of the flash up to the ceiling in both the vertical and horizontal position. I also used a light diffuser on top of my flash which gave my photos the studio lighting look.

Again, the information you need to create the right photos is more than this small space can allow. I do have all the info in my book at if you want to read it.

Let me say--my info will give you the edge that will get you the business. I have placed an example of a bounce flash photo below from a wedding.

Comment by Janna Slaback on August 1, 2014 at 6:05pm

It might be nice for you to be able to visit the bride's home beforehand so that you're familiar with what types of ambient lighting is available and to get some ideas of where you want to take the photos. Figure out how large the room is? Will it be the bride only or will she have attendants? Is her dress a long white dress with train and does she have a veil?  If you have any way of getting your hands on a 50mm f/1.8 lens, that would be beautiful too, for portraits as it produces very flattering portraits and you can use it in low light. Here in the USA, you can pick them up for around $100 USD.

So the lighting will tell you a lot about what settings to you and particularly whether or not you will need your flash. Are you able to bounce the flash so that you don't get harsh lighting if you are forced to use the flash? Can you use a reflector instead? Again, it all depends upon the time of day and what type of natural/ambient light is available.

Best of luck to you! Here's a shot that I took of a bride recently. Recipe: 50mm f/1.2  ISO800 1/8000 f/2.8  Thankfully I shot in RAW so I was able to salvage it as I should have had the shutter speed way, way, way down to probably 1/125 with ISO400. But you can get a sense ...

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