disastrous ground [deleted] 11:12am, 9 May 2010
Someone please help?! =)

My sister is getting married in Las Vegas in September and she has asked me to do some wedding shots for her. *GULP* yes very scary, but luckily not the official wedding shots of her and her husband, but shots of the rest of the family and friends after the wedding as well as shots of her whilst getting ready etc etc...sooooo i was wondering what i would need to make this possible,

As you can see, i am just a beginner, and I own a Sony Alpha 330 DSLR and a Tamron 70-300mm F/4 - 5.6 Di Lens...that is all. I am thinking of getting a flash gun and another lens but am unsure of what to get so please could someone advise? I am on a budget so although i dont want to get something cheap & nasty, i also don't wanna be paying ridiculous amounts of money.

Thank you
-Laura
Blackriver Images 8 years ago
Sounds fun...

First if any of the shooting will be done indoors then you will most likely want to get a flashgun. I would recommend the AM 42... doubt you will need more but probably wont be happy with less. To go with the flashgun a diffuser is a must. If your going to be stationary an stand with umbrella would be nice but for mobile shots a mini softbox or a Garry Fong light sphere. One word of caution about the AM 42. It does not fit snugly on the A330 or many other of the Alpha's. I have learned to deal with it but test it first... if I had to do to it all over again I might have gone with an off brand. Metz makes some very nice flashes for Sony as well as many other brands. I stuck with the Sony because I plan to use it off camera most of the time.

I would also recommend getting the 50mm f/1.8. It's a great low-light lens for portrait work. I took this lens last time I was doing candid shots for a wedding reception and I used it 80% of the time. It also happens to be the cheapest lens Sony sells at under 150 bucks usually on sale for 140 or even less. The lens is also perfect for taking pics of the decorations... flowers, cake, etc.

Wayne & Khanh's Reception

Wayne & Khanh's Reception

Wayne & Khanh's Reception

All 3 taken with the A330 and the Sony 50mm f/1.8
disastrous ground [deleted] 8 years ago
wow, those shots are brilliant. Thank you very much for the advice, i will check out those items that you have mentioned, i have been looking at the 50mm Sony lens and i think you've pretty much convinced me now after looking at your photographs.

Thank you =)
Ryan Waughon Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Ryan Waughon (member) 8 years ago
The 50mm lens is a must. Great little cheap lens that takes amazing pictures.
As for flash, if you wanna save a few bucks, you could buy the Sigma EF-530 DG Super TTL Flash (Link). That flash does about 99% the same thing the Sony F42AM does and costs about $80-$90 less. I picked one up, very happy with it, worth a look. And it fits pretty snug on my a330.
Might also be wise to have some kind of reflector/umbrella. I have yet to buy one of those so I can not recommend any to you.
Also a tripod might be worth the expense to you, since more than likely your hands will be a little shaky that day :) No room for blurry pictures.

Edit: Took a quick look through some of your pictures, I think regardless the equipment you will take great shots.
thwphoto 8 years ago
I'm with Blackriver on the 50mm prime...it's wonderful...it will open up a lot of possiblities in lower light. And, with a tripod you can do a lot of still life work on flowers, gifts, etc....

this is with just a 100 watt lamp using a tripod.

CANDY JAR by thwphoto
disastrous ground [deleted] 8 years ago
thank you very much, i really appreciate your advice and comments =)

I am definitely going to purchase the 50mm on next payday!!!
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