How do you guys use your ultra wide zooms at weddings?

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by david_boily, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    Over the last few months, I've read many postshere and on other
    sites about the lenses that people use most often. Personally, I use
    (on my 10D) a 28-70 f2.8 for 60% of the shots and my 70-200 f2.8 for
    38% of shots and only occasionally my 20-35mm. However, I've read
    from many people that their main lens is the 16-35 or 17-35 zooms.
    How do you use this? I find that I have to get too close to the
    couple, becoming a little too intrusive. So my question is to all
    you guys and gals who use ultra-wide zoom for most their wedding
    shots; Under what circumstances do you use them and why?

    Thanks, I'm always trying to improve my technique. Examples would be


  2. Maybe they're using those lenses on digital bodies with the 1.6 magnification factor? Heck, 28mm is my 'ultra-wide' ;-)
  3. A wide lens (like a 20mm) can give some nice church interiors shots, especially from a balcony, and can be used to get overviews of the reception room and dancing.
  4. I love my 16-35 zoom. Wish I still had my 14mm. And I use it on a full frame digital. It's great for those big church shots from a balcony like Todd said. And I like it for shots like this one posted. Looks unimpressive at 511 pixels wide, but print it in a 20" panoramic page and wow! I use PhotoShop perspective controls to correct many 16mm shots so they don't look to weird, yet maintain the scope of the W/A view.
  5. Thanks for your responses so far. I too use my 20-35mm (plus 1.6 crop factor) for photos from the balcony and other panoramic style pics. I also drag aroung a film body to have full frame in case I need it. But my inquiry is especially directed to those who use this almost as a standard lens. Although clients like a nice panorama every now and then, they rarely choose more than one for an album. So why shoot so much with this lens? Am I missing something here?
  6. I use a 21-35mm from Sigma. The best time to use it is during the dressing of the Bride.
    However, I make sure I have 2 or more people in the frame to force me to be 5' back from
    the subjects. I do not distort people!

    The exterior shot of the church works well with wide angle. You can photograph like an
    architect if you want and waste 1/3 of the frame as you match parallels.

    I like Marc's picture above, but I don't think that a wide angle shot of the interior of the
    church is necessary. Showing the altar with 2-5 rows of pews is enough. Not many
    churches have pretty walls.

    An overall picture of the reception area would be OK.

    Then there is the cake cutting. I would be using bounce light here, and I might swivel
    around to catch a row of 5-6 guests jeering and laughing at the bride and groom.
    However, I would only take a cake cutting shot with a normal or slight wide lens. And, no I
    probably would not have 2 cameras dripping from me to change cameras. I can change
    position, standing from the cake cutter's point of view to see these guests if I dont' have a

    I have only seen a couple of wide shots that approached a fashion look--and were nicely
    done. Otherwise, it is a gimmick and it cheapens the look of the book.

    When the bride and groom leave the church, well, a wide works fine. However, i will
    always use flash for this unless we have fog, and even then, I take no chances. Although
    the middle of the frame will receive more light in a wide angle view, this particular picture
    will survive the critics: guests will be darker along the sides, the bride and groom alittle
    lighter due to the flash.
  7. The widest I get is the 21mm on my Leica M. I use it for getting out of trouble in tight situations LOL.
  8. Beautiful Jeff.
  9. I like to get in close at the reception. Especially in a dark hall where i can drag my shutter a little. But that's just me, I'm a big fan of that look and I think it works well for a "party" atmosphere.
  10. Oof that looks a little blown out on my monitor. But you get the idea.
  11. Jeff A.: It looks like the "Pelican Inn" at Muir Beach, CA
  12. I don't shoot weddings, but do shoot parties, events, etc. I use my 16-35 2.8L 90% of the time on my 10D for indoor shots. I just can't wide enough when I am in tight quarters with any other lens. Plus, I can hold the camera up over my head, zoom out to 16mm and get a crowded dance floor shot. Those are hit or miss, of course, but still can turn out pretty well. Here's one shot over my head, at 16mm, a 10D at ISO 800 and a 550EX flash.
  13. I like to have the option of photographing the couple with a wide lens, as they approach me during the confetti throwing, I also, venue and light permitting, try and get some shots with my widelux, which gives me 140 degrees field of view. They have to be printed up quite large to get the most from them.
  14. Im affaid the widelux image has to be a little larger

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