A few weeks back I was asked to be the main photographer at a friends wedding. I knew it would not be an easy task as I have never done anything like this before.Inés and Thomas - bride and groom - are close friends of mine and they know my street photography and some pictures I took privately. They trusted me with this task. For me - this being my first shooting at such an event - I soon realized I had to be everywhere to get as much shots as posible of everyone there. In addition it was the first time for me that I had to use my external flash I just got at the end of the year and that I had barely even used before.

1/640 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 75 mm

1/640 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 75 mm

1/80 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/80 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/6.3 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/6.3 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 1250 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 1250 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/400 - ƒ/3.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/400 - ƒ/3.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

The equipment I used for this wedding was:

  • My trusty old Olympus E-PL1 camera
  • Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera
  • Panasonic 20mm 1.7 pancake lens
  • Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens
  • Olympus 75mm 1.8 lens
  • Olympus Flash FL-36

All the post-processing was done with Aperture and I learned a whole lot about post-processing doing this. The weather conditions on that day were not as perfect as one could wish. It was still winter here in Germany and the light especially in the afternoon was already kind of gloomy which pushed the ISO values up. I wanted the images to look as good as possible despite the low light conditions. That's why I spend a lot of time processing those images not only once but many times until they looked right to me.

1/125 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 2500 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 2500 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 2000 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 2000 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2 - ISO 640 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2 - ISO 640 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/4 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/4 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/200 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/200 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 250 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 250 - 45 mm

1/160 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/160 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2.2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/4 - ISO 640 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/4 - ISO 640 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/125 - ƒ/2 - ISO 200 - 45 mm

1/40 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 75 mm

1/40 - ƒ/2.5 - ISO 200 - 75 mm

1/200 - ƒ/3.2 - ISO 800 - 75 mm

1/200 - ƒ/3.2 - ISO 800 - 75 mm

1/160 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 320 - 75 mm

1/160 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 320 - 75 mm

1/160 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 400 - 75 mm

1/160 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 400 - 75 mm

1/80 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 1600 - 45 mm

1/80 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 1600 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/100 - ƒ/1.8 - ISO 800 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/4 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

1/60 - ƒ/4 - ISO 3200 - 45 mm

In the end it was a good training for me. I could use my experience I got shooting on the street for the candid portraits during the reception, though I was not used to shoot posed portraits. I came home with 2k shots on three SD cards. I processed about 500 shots for the bride and groom and they were happy with the results, which is the most important part!

To Inés and Thomas, thanks so much for having me as your official photographer :-). Your faith and trust in me meant a lot to me.

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