When you’re ready to hire a wedding photographer, pay attention to the technical details they give. Why you ask? Because creative and exceptional wedding photography is about technique and technical considerations. Do fall for the trap when you see a photographer with some bells-and-whistels humdinger of a professional camera but doesn’t know how to use it, or how to exploit it and related technologies for your benefit! Epensive cameras don’t take good photos….good photographer do!
I want to talk about 3 things that your photographer should be very well familiar with, experienced in, and by extension, you should also know that high-level details so that you would know the kinds of questions to ask. So here we go:
2. Depth of Field (DOF) is the narrow area which remains sharply focused behind and in front of your subjects. This variable is affect by the lens design, camera settings, and camera distance to the focal point. Camera with low f-stops have narrower DOF. DOF is that value that helps create creamy photos show the subject in sharp focus but with the edges appearing to fall off in creamy blur effect, melting with the foreground or background.. The narrower (lower f-stops) the DOF is (along with proper camera settings, the creamier the image will be.
3. Similarly, “fast lenses”, or low f-stop lenses, allow the photographer to take open aperture, low light, and creamier photos without having to slow down the shutter speed. If a photographer doesn’t have or use the right lenses with the right camera settings, he/she will likely slow down the shutter speed but risks getting motion blur in the photos, or cranking up the ISO value resulting in noisy and grainy photos.
Now that you know a little more about Macros, Depth-of-Field, and Fast Lenses, ask your photographer what kinds of lenses he/she use and attempt to ascertain if they know what they are talking about, and whether or not they’ve invested in purchasing fast-lenses which are almost almost very expensive.