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Sure you will be hiring a professional photographer for your big day, but what about all of the other wedding-related parties and events you will want to capture on film? We spoke to Lisette Ranga, former wedding photographer and current Canon camera expert who told us that the newest model from Canon's PowerShot line (the SD780 IS, $280) will cover all of your do-it-yourself photo needs. It meets all of her camera shopping criteria for brides-to-be: high resolution, fast processing speed so you never miss capturing a moment, and face detection technology to help you snap shots of all of the important people involved in your big day. Although my favorite thing about the camera has to be the size (it's less than an inch thick so you can store it in your tiniest clutch) and the colors it is available in: red, black, silver and gold. Gift them to your bridesmaids or register for one if your home goods store carries electronics as well. —Cari Wolfert
Wedding Wisdom: Lisette Ranga also shared some basic photo-taking tips with is. For low light or indoor photos (say your bachelorette party) turn the flash off and increase your camera's ISO. For outdoor, bright shots (like on your honeymoon) flip the flash on and lower the ISO. Too technical? Utilize the settings that come with your camera like sport or portrait mode that will automatically adjust your camera to take an ideal shot.