Originally Posted by alvinksu
Love your shots, very inspiring. I was asked to photograph my sis-in-law wedding. It would be my first wedding. I'm not a professional but I take decent photos. I have E-M5. Any tips on how you manage swapping lenses during the wedding? Or you have 2 E-M5? I'll probably be using 20mm f/1.7, 45mm f/1.8 and zoom kit lens 14-150mm and 9-18mm wide lens. I bought E-M1 as a backup. Thanks.
just one OMD at this point since I have a few FF bodies dont need the second one yet but going to go that route soon since I can wait a bit on a second OMD
we had 5 cameras covering that wedding though :) if I shoot alone which I do a lot I always have 3 cameras with me and two of them on my almost all the time except getting ready when often the other one is in hands reach and at reception when things are just dancing etc..
no tips on swapping really camera on strap so I am not holding it in my hands and have the next lens ready to go with the back protector off ! and swap the lens with one hand and quickly put it on with the other hand
I do not like to throw my lens in without the back cover since I do not want dust in their getting into my sensor area :) front cap I dont worry about to much
for the ceremony I work out of a waist pack system from Kinesis going to switch to think tank had the kinesis about ten years now ?
I dont swap lens that often and not during any key things since I tend to have my other cameras ready to go with what I need and swap my gear to whats needed and think of the wedding as a bunch of small shoots
first meeting if they do that ?
post ceremony (often when I do groups)
then go off with bride and groom
detail shots (cake and reception room etc..)
grand entrance and first dances etc..
party time !
so I might switch before each one of those to kinda setup what I need I think that makes sense :)
so one camera is always wide and the other is either a longer reach for what I need
so getting ready 16-35 is my fav can get a lot in and use one lens that I can get details so maybe a 50 since rooms are small
groups I tend to shoot with two cameras cover my rear !!! in your case the 20 and the kit on the omd
example of what you have
getting ready I might want that wide on my OMD and the 20 1.7 on the em1
thats me though :) my fear of that purple mark showing up freaks me out hahahahh but sure its over done and I would do it that way
but for say the ceremony if its outdoors indoors I might put a prime on and try to get a bit closer ? I would have my kit lens for the reach on the OMD and the 7-14 on the em1 since that wide wont be as critical of detail as the closer in shots you want to get
I also tend to change batteries before ceremony just to make sure I wont have one run out ! same with my cards
on my OMD the second battery and grip is a nice safety net and I am using a 32 gig card so dont need to swap it
but something to think about :)
biggest thing though is lighting !!
IMHO you need a flash big enough to bounce and not run out on you ? enough batteries to make sure you are not waiting for a recycle :)
I use 580s on my canon and on the OMD as you can read see I knew the fl600 was to weak but tried anyway and my thoughts were correct
the metz 50 though has enough power to bounce and since it can rotate both ways I can control my bounce the way I want IMHO so is a must have
hope that helps :) best of luck and sure you have researched things a bit but I can say having a good flash and bouncing light is a huge thing
not sure when it is ? but practice that :)