Does My Wedding Photographer Need To Have Professional Qualifications?

You know at the club, many of our members are often asked if they will photograph a wedding – personally I shudder at the thought of it – but for very good reasons.  So I thought I would write this guide for anyone in the club to refer their friends to if they ever ask you to photograph their wedding.

For a lot of people, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that they would like to immortalise in their wedding photography. Unfortunately, most couples make the mistake of trusting a friend, a colleague, or their favourite ‘Uncle Bob’ to snap their wedding photographs. A common question that most couples ask is: Does my wedding photographer need to have professional qualifications? The truth is that wedding photography requires more than just a high quality camera. It is important to hire a person who actually knows how to use the camera and who has experience in taking wedding photographs. The following are some of the reasons why all couples should hire professional wedding photographers to take pictures of their wedding:

Experience

A professional wedding photographer has a lot of experience on wedding photography. This experience will give them foresight, and they will be well-prepared for the big day. For example, they will have all the equipment necessary for different types of lighting. They are familiar with wedding preparations, and they will be ready to take the necessary photographs at all the different stages of the wedding. Their experience will also enable them to prepare for emergencies, and they can deal with issues immediately after they arise. They have experience in shooting at different angles and in shooting fleeting wedding moments. This will assure the couple that their wedding pictures will be perfect.

Study and training

A professional photographer may have the same passion as Uncle Joe or any of the couple’s friends, but they will also have enough training and study to do a perfect job. There are a lot of skills that can only be acquired through training. The professional photographer will have knowledge on lighting scenes. They will have knowledge on advanced lens focus techniques. They will also have adequate knowledge on shooting angles, and they will know where to stand in order to get the perfect angle.

Energy to work non-stop

Unlike friends or relatives, the wedding photographer is not a guest at the wedding. They will not stop to chat with friends and catch up with colleagues. They are professionals at the wedding who are simply there to work. They will therefore spend 12 – 18 hours behind the camera in order to capture every memorable moment as it happens. They are familiar with wedding photography, and they are always prepared to work non-stop throughout the day in order to capture the best pictures.

Professional editing

Wedding photographs need to be perfect, and sometimes, a little editing is necessary. Furthermore, editing can help to create unique pictures that follow a certain theme. Professional photographers are always familiar with how to properly edit the photographs so that they are perfect. During the post-processing stage, the professional photographer can edit the photos so that they appear vintage, soft and pastel, or very clean. They will professionally edit the photos so as to ensure that the couple is happy with the results.

Wedding Photographers we can recommend

Obviously a few of the committee members are already married and I asked them if they had any particular recommendations. Tom Fletcher suggests that if your are looking for a documentary wedding photographer, then look no further than Alicia Dunlop.  Our most recent bride on the committee Gillian Thompson wanted something a bit more traditional – she used Surrey Wedding Photographer Carl Glancey.

Here’s a video I found online showcasing Alicia’s work:-

Conclusion

Couples should never compromise on the quality of their wedding pictures. A wedding photographer will ensure that the work is perfect, and that the couple can have memorable and beautiful reminders of their special day. Therefore, though most wedding photographers are quite expensive, they are worth the investment as the couple will get high quality pictures of their big day.

 

What is the Best Professional Camera for a Wedding Photographer?

If you’re a professional wedding photographer, you know that in this millennium of fast changing technology, where every day new gadgets are improvised, the best camera a few years ago may not be able to deliver the intended combination of image usability and quality, that will allow you to keep up with competition.

Besides, if you have shot over a million pictures with it, your camera may be nearing its death! You owe it to yourself to consider an upgrade.

While the obvious answer may be that you need to purchase the latest version of the camera that you already own, you may want to consider either upgrading, switching systems or getting a brand new gadget.

Things to consider before purchasing best professional camera for wedding photographers include:

  • Price
  • Dynamic range
  • Overall image quality
  • User interface
  • Durability
  • System

Here are the best cameras for wedding photography:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

At less the half the price of the 1DX, the Canon 5D Mark III, has an incredible image quality. It’s layout, compact size and low price make it one of the best cameras for wedding photography.

Mark III has an improved autofocus, a clean ISO through 2000 and a boosted ISO to 102,400 are all amazing results, and the shutter life cycle claimed at approximately 150k, generous buffer size and the rugged build make it the camera that you are most likely to use for your wedding tasks.

Price: $3,199

Nikon D8000

When it comes to the highest-scoring-complete frame based on general image quality, Nikon D800 offers an ideal combination of image quality, size performance, and price.

Nikon D8000 has a color depth of 25.3 bits, a 14 bit A/D conversion and dynamic range of 14.4 stops, which precisely means that it should be able to capture accurate and pleasing colors and all the details of light and dark clothing.

At 36.3MP, lenses are extremely enlargeable and a 91000 pixels color Matrix-Metering-III system that is virtually foolproof.

Nikon D8000 is solidly built, sealed against splashes and dust. The shutter is also tested to complete more than 200,000 cycles.

Price: $2,796.95

Sony Alpha A99

Sony Alpha A99 is the flagship camera of this brand. It is the second DSLR model manufactured by the electronic giant. This gadget is a vivid proof that Sony has gotten serious about producing pro-level cameras.

Unlike its counterparts, it is not entirely DSLR but it utilizes a high resolution “EVF” viewfinder, which provides the merit of never having to move it away from your face to confirm that you got the shot.

While the selection of flashes and lenses is quite limited than its competition.

Sony has liaised with Zeiss to manufacture some of the best optics around, and a number of independent label flash systems are also compatible.

Sony Alpha A99 has a 24MP sense that possesses the highest DXOMark image quality, with rating for any full-frame DSLR.

It also has a color depth of 25 bit and, the 14 stop native dynamic ranges are the most ideal to utilize in their respective categories.

Price $2,298

Conclusion

IMHO the above are the top best professional camera for wedding photographers, if you love photography, make sure that you purchase one these bad boys!

 

Review of the Nikon DF “Retro look” Camera

The Nikon DF is a full frame (FX) Digital SLR camera targeted at enthusiasts like us and also full time professionals.

The camera is simply drop dead gorgeous to look at and clearly aimed at the “retro” market which has so far been dominated by Fuji with their “X” range of cameras.

A first glance at the camera’s specifications make this look firmly in the Pro level marketplace, however the omission of dual card slots seems strange given that this is almost a must-have now for wedding photographers especially.

The camera’s looks hark back to the glorious days of film with it’s chrome exterior (also available in black) – I just love it!

Rather than me prattle on about it any more I came across this excellent review of the camera.

Full specs and details can be found on Nikon’s website http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/df/

 

LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES

Learning more about photography could be fun, but it’s the way and where you learn from that you get most all of it. It quenches your desire to learn and chase more knowledge about it and even master your own technique. Though there are some times that you need to learn from your own, it’s still best to learn from other resources as well. You can follow these simple tips on where so find such resources.

1. FIND RESOURCES IN LIBRARIES – Finding such resources inside libraries is a good thing, it’s a place where you can reflect about the information too. Aside from this, you can even search the online archives of such libraries too.

2. SEARCH IN MAGAZINES – The most beautiful pictures that come at a price are printed in magazines. It’s where picture quality really matters. You must look for photography magazines and get as much information as you want.

3. SURF THE WEB – The internet is such a vast sea of information, all you need is to take a swim and go where you wanna go. Here there are lots of online tutorials that are provided. Such an example is Youtube. Although some other sites are in existence and provide you step by step education, you can find them by just searching through search engines that you are comfortable using with.

4. JOIN ONLINE FORUMS – Joining and being active in an online community gives you a boost. It is where you can leave comments and questions that is pretty sure that everyone in that particular community can attend to. Don’t be shy in asking and sharing your thoughts, you are there to learn.

So those are just simple tips to look at to and below is a video that gives you more tips and tricks about photography. Enjoy watching!