One of the challenging things about photographing a wedding or similar ceremony, is that like most of the audience you’re standing behind the action. The bride and groom (or the bar mitzvah or whatever) are facing the priest/rabbi/whatever. You can get partially around this problem by placing your back-up camera (you know, the extra camera you must have if you’re going to shoot a wedding or any one-time event) beside the alter, behind the officiant. Use a tripod or mini tripod. Set it to remote, and you can trigger it with your second best learning tool. You have to set your remote timer to the maximum, or it will turn off the remote function. On Nikons, this option is located in the C4 menu (Monitor Off Delay). For the best results, use the widest lens you have, set the aperture high in enough to keep the desired area in focus, and switch it into manual mode so it won’t hunt for focus if the subjects are moving. You can also slave a flash off the second camera if needed.
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