My Portfolio Series focusses on one image per feature. In these ‘behind the story’ features I focus on the how the shot came about, my approach, and often include some camera and exposure settings too.
Possibly the most frequently asked question about wedding photography is “What are the best lenses for wedding photography?”. With my dealings on various social networking sites, I often see comments like “I’m rocking the 35/85 combo today” and such like and it got me thinking…
As a professional documentary wedding photographer, I deal with thousands of digital images. From the bridal preparations to the evening celebrations, a couple’s entire day is documented and stored on a few tiny memory cards. The storage and backup of these images is of vital importance to me and my clients. The simple fact is that hard drives fail. It would be unthinkable to tell a couple they couldn’t have their wedding album because the hard drive failed and I lost all their irreplaceable photos.
As an available light wedding photographer, I often find myself dealing with high contrast situations. Usually the Bride will be dressed in white and the Groom dressed in black, and I will often find that the top table has been conveniently positioned in front of a large Georgian window, throwing the couple into nothing more than silhouettes without correct exposure correction. So throughout the course of a wedding day, it can often be challenging for a camera to record both details in the highlights and in the shadow areas within the same scene, especially without resorting to flash photography.