Help: Lighting small groups for wedding

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Help: Lighting small groups for wedding
Mar 3, 2011

I am a beginner who shoots mainly portraits outside. A friend asked me to shoot her wedding and I am scrambling to figure it out by the end of this month. Currently I have the following.

Nikon D90
50mm 1.8
35mm 1.8
Nikon D80 (borrowed)
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR1 (borrowed)
Nikon wide angle 2.8 zoom (undetermined)

Wescott 42' shoot through umbrella
8.5' light stand with umbrella bracket

The wedding is average size with groups of up to 12. I am familiar with commander mode and off camera flash so I was considering a SB-900, Wescott 60" convertible umbrella and larger light stand. Also I could use the SB-900 on the D90 with the 70-200mm. Or just another set of what I have now (SB-600 w/42"). I have considered an AlienBee but with most of my other shoots outside, portability becomes a concern. So my questions are:

1. What additional lighting would you purchase with a loose budget of $500?

2. How would you place these lights for the best results?

Thank you!

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