One thing to keep in mind when shopping around for a wedding photographer is the equipment that they are using. It doesn’t matter how good the photographer is, if they are using consumer grade equipment, the shots won’t look as good. Your wedding photographer should also have professional grade back-up equipment.
The Camera Body:
The main difference between a consumer camera body and professional camera body is colour accuracy and performance in low/poor light. In situations where there is ideal lighting (in a studio), the difference is less noticeable. But when you start shooting in low light situations the difference becomes extremely apparent. In low light, consumer cameras will produce images with larger amounts of noise, poor colour and loss of detail. This is especially important to consider when choosing a wedding photographer, since many weddings have less ideal lighting conditions for photography.
The easiest way to judge your photographer’s camera is by asking them the brand and model name of their camera. Then go online and determine the price of their camera. A good rule of thumb is that more expensive cameras produce better quality images. Professional camera bodies range in price from $2,500 to $10,000. All photographers should have two camera bodies, in case of malfunction.
There are 2 types of camera lenses: zoom lenses and prime lenses. Professional zoom lenses have a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and prime lenses have a maximum aperture of f/1.2 or f/1.4. Aperture is the size of the opening where the light comes through in order to capture an image. The lower the number, the wider the aperture. The wider the aperture the the better the lenses will perform in low lighting. Prime lenses also reproduce colour more accurately, make sharper images and create a nicer background blur. Zoom lenses, however, offer more versatility. Our photographers all use professional grade zoom and prime lenses.
A professional flash is essential for wedding photographers for a couple of reasons. The first reason is the power that professional flashes have. Pro flashes give off a lot more light than consumer flashes. This is important for lighting large groups, distant subjects and low lighting situations. The second reason is that professional flashes allow more precision in different variations in flash powers. This is essential for producing great lighting in a consistent manner.
All photos are backed up, and stored on 3 hard drives in 2 different locations. We never delete photos ever!