andrewmurrayphotography asked: Zack, love your work. Am shooting a wedding this weekend (as a guest) and thinking of just using a RayFlash ring adapter on my speed light for the indoor shots? gonna use my 35 and nifty 50 ( as well as X100 for documentary shots. ) is it a bit overkill, any tips on using a RayFlash?
To be honest… yes. A RayFlash is overkill for a wedding guest. If I was the hired photographer I’d take one look at you and think, “Oh great. Here comes Uncle Bob and his ring flash. Awesome.”
I’m a big believer that you should be a guest and be just that. A guest. Enjoy the day. Let the hired photographer do their job and let them do the work. Take your x100 by all means for a small, always on your side, little camera that doesn’t get in the way. It doesn’t get in your way and it doesn’t get in the way of the photographer hired to shoot the gig. Imagine that awesome shot the photographer is going for and there you are with that ridiculous looking ring flash rig in the background of the photo.
Now, is the RayFlash ridiculous? No. Is it on the dance floor of a wedding? Yes. Especially if you’re a guest and your job is to be there and celebrate with the couple.
An x100 or other similar small camera is acceptable. Enjoy the wedding. Eat. Drink. Be merry. Dance. Leave the ring flash rig at home.