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Kelly West Photography
Posts: 61
Brooklyn, New York, US


So Saturday Im shooting a christening.. and I'm in need of ideas of a new lens. The only lens's I have is the kit lens 18-55 and another lens 15-90 I believe, and that has no image stabilizer. I was thinking of getting the 55-250 f4-5.6 or just get a 50 1.4 or 1.8 or something else..
Any ideas???
Jan 09 13 02:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Har Marshal
Posts: 263
Cary, North Carolina, US


My father was a minister so from my experience shooting existing light has never caused an infant to start screaming like they have when a flash goes off in their face.
Jan 09 13 02:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kelly West Photography
Posts: 61
Brooklyn, New York, US


Har Marshal wrote:
My father was a minister so from my experience shooting existing light has never caused an infant to start screaming like they have when a flash goes off in their face.

I know. I was iffy about using my speedlite but I just might do it manually and use the natural lighting.

Jan 09 13 02:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,789
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Kelly West Photography wrote:
So Saturday Im shooting a christening.. and I'm in need of ideas of a new lens. The only lens's I have is the kit lens 18-55 and another lens 15-90 I believe, and that has no image stabilizer. I was thinking of getting the 55-250 f4-5.6 or just get a 50 1.4 or 1.8 or something else..
Any ideas???

Scrap all those lens choices you mentioned except the 50mm prime. I assume you are using a crop body so it is effectively a 80mm FL..but fast. Should be fine.

Jan 09 13 02:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kelly West Photography
Posts: 61
Brooklyn, New York, US


Illuminate wrote:

Scrap all those lens choices you mentioned except the 50mm prime. I assume you are using a crop body so it is effectively a 80mm FL..but fast. Should be fine.

Im very iffy about choosing the prime lens. Im so used to zoom lenses and like the ability to zoom in and out of different ranges, but the prime lens have a better f-stop for lightening.
Ahh this is soo hard! -_-

Jan 09 13 02:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,789
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Kelly West Photography wrote:

Im very iffy about choosing the prime lens. Im so used to zoom lenses and like the ability to zoom in and out of different ranges, but the prime lens have a better f-stop for lightening.
Ahh this is soo hard! -_-

Not hard at all..I shoot most of my weddings etc and dark places with a 35 or 50mm.

Jan 09 13 02:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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sgnr photo
Posts: 254
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Kelly West Photography wrote:
So Saturday Im shooting a christening.. and I'm in need of ideas of a new lens. The only lens's I have is the kit lens 18-55 and another lens 15-90 I believe, and that has no image stabilizer. I was thinking of getting the 55-250 f4-5.6 or just get a 50 1.4 or 1.8 or something else..
Any ideas???

50mm 1.4 hands down. Even if you stop down, the extra autofocus speed will be a great benefit. Zoom with your feet. You'll be fine.

Jan 09 13 07:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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Glenn Hall - Fine Art
Posts: 431
Townsville, Queensland, Australia


sgnr photo wrote:
50mm 1.4 hands down. Even if you stop down, the extra autofocus speed will be a great benefit. Zoom with your feet. You'll be fine.

...and use natural light and be prepared to be walking on your knees at the front.
Also have a yarn to the priest doing the christening and find out where the clear shot will be when the priest is doing the actual water thing.
One more tip when going natural light. is to watch the shadow on people and make sure they are exposed to your satisfaction. That is especially true when trying to capture the face of the recipient to the christening ...some churches have the person being christened with their head facing down. You might get blown highlights in the background if exposing for the shadows, you will have to learn to live with that and do some post work.
...enjoy using a 50mm wide open...creates awesome photos inside a church (or anywhere) if you frame the background with each shot.

Jan 10 13 05:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Paul Dempsey
Posts: 673
Atlantic City, New Jersey, US


The last 2 christenings I shot did not allow flash.  Yes, every else was flashing away with their iphones but the priest said no flash to me so I have to respect that.  I did a Greek Orthodox christening which is very different and involves the baby being dressed in a seperate room and other ceremonial events that make it both interesting and challenging.
Jan 10 13 05:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Mike Collins
Posts: 1,822
Orlando, Florida, US


I would ask the priest or minister what he allows and what he doesn't.  Over the years I have found no two are the same, no matter what the religion.  I've had catholic priests tell they don't care one way or the other and some who said I could not come any closer than a certain area and no flash.  I've had others tell me to stop shooting altogether.   

ASK!!  Don't assume. 

IF the ambient lighting as adequate by all means use it.  I do prefer it.  But if you feel a little fill may help, and you can use it, well...use it.
Jan 10 13 06:52 am  Link  Quote 
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AG_Boston
Posts: 345
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Paul Dempsey wrote:
The last 2 christenings I shot did not allow flash.  Yes, every else was flashing away with their iphones but the priest said no flash to me so I have to respect that.  I did a Greek Orthodox christening which is very different and involves the baby being dressed in a seperate room and other ceremonial events that make it both interesting and challenging.

I've also had people tell me no flash. For some reason, they've been ok with constant light softboxes, and flashes from people's point and shoots.

Jan 10 13 07:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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sweetcheekscouture
Posts: 427
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


Use a fast lens because there is a very good chance that no flash will be allowed

check with the church about the rules
Jan 10 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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You Can Call Me Pierre
Posts: 745
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Rent a Holy Trinity of f/2.8 zooms for FX or f/1.4 primes for DX.
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Jan 10 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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sgnr photo
Posts: 254
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


AG_Boston wrote:

I've also had people tell me no flash. For some reason, they've been ok with constant light softboxes, and flashes from people's point and shoots.

I had a similar quirk with a church I was scheduled to shoot at. A quick talk with the powers that be gave of a very strict about "no flashes evar!" vibe.

Cut to a week later when at a friend's wedding, and the photographer had no issues or complaints about firing his strobes through shoot through umbrellas that were about 10 ft in the air and about 20 feet from the ceremony.

Guess calling them "strobes" makes it ok.

Jan 11 13 11:45 am  Link  Quote 
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