>I will be shooting a wedding in April in Texas. The wedding >takes place starting at 7:00pm. The wedding party be using >christmas lights and (sparkles). They want to make sure these >lights show up great. I have Ranger RX, Ranger Quadra, SB910s >for lights to choose from. I shoot with D3S and D800E. > >It should get dark about 7:30 so the lights should show up >great. > >I have softboxes, and Unbrellas for light modifiers. > >The question is how cam I maxamize the picture and effects so >the lights sparkle and pop. What do I use? Strobe or Flash. > >What kind of settings, (A) (S) (ISO). ? > > >Any help??? > >Thanks for helping....I need to do some test shots, I have >time.. > >Tom
Strobe is flash. I think you must mean studio strobe versus speedlight style flash units.
The short answer is it really doesn't matter; there are ways to accomplish the same with both, assuming you have enough speedlights! Some wedding photographers use speedlights only; others use more powerful flash units when necessary. It really depends on how much light you need!
I think this post should probably be moved to the wedding forum so you get better advice; any specific reason you posted it here instead? Was it because you feel it's more visible here?
btw, "sparkle and pop" (if that's really what you want, but I'm not so sure it really is) is often achieved by using a silver reflector (e.g. a silver umbrella).
I feel you are going to need a high ISO, and possibly a slow shutter speed (slower than 1/60th) to make the Christmas lights show up. Working at a high ISO might make it possible to get away with speedlights rather than studio strobes. You might want to bounce the flash units off of a wall.
Anyway, you have a good bit of time until April. That's good. I'm sure you will get good advice and be able to test and figure everything out before then.