My First Wedding Reception
One of my goals currently is to document more of my process and progress as a photographer. So here it is: my first wedding reception. I saw the opportunity and I nabbed it, and decided that I just had to dive in deep. It turned out to be a valuable experience. I quickly learned about what I'm good at (still life, capturing objects & details) and what I need more work on (capturing expressions, low-light, etc.)
You might be surprised that I went into this event without an on-camera flash unit, but alas I wasn't getting paid for this and I already had to splurge on an extra battery and a new memory card (yes, ugh, this is expenny). In the end I learned a couple of lessons:
- You need at least 2 cameras to run a photography business. Nothing went wrong, but the sheer nervousness from only having one camera was something that I wouldn't endure again.
- An off-camera flash is absolutely necessary in low-light settings. I managed without one, but there were many missed opportunities.
- I don't love low-light settings. I much prefer using natural light in my photography which makes me think I would try to stick to day-weddings in the future.
- But I still need to invest in good flash...
- I'm thinking of switching to a full-frame camera, because the crop doesn't enable me to get those wide, grand-looking shots I always wanted (I have a Nikon D3300 and I shot with a 35 mm f/1.8 lens)
- It might be better to start off shooting weddings with a zoom lens, because you have to learn how to be comfortable directing people for photos when their focus is often elsewhere. With a zoom lens, I would've been able to capture more expressions without intruding.
- I need a bigger viewfinder, especially in low-light conditions. I was squinting so much that in the end, it hurt.
But anyways, here are the photos!