There is a first time for everything, and if you have your mind set on producing a wedding video, you will encounter plenty of “firsts” during that initial wedding weekend. There is a first kiss, a first dance, and a first slice of cake. Where will you have your cameras set up for each of these memorable moments? Will you need lights for every shot? How will you manage the audio? When the bride... READ MORE
An on-camera flash, also known brand-wise as a “speedlight” or “speedlite,” is an indispensible accessory for many photographers; it provides additional light when conditions become too dark to handhold your camera comfortably, allows you to achieve more balanced exposures in daylight, permits freezing of fast-moving subjects, and can also be used to control or trigger other flash light sources.... READ MORE
When working with flash lighting, it is rarely the case that bare-bulb flash is the ideal choice for lighting subjects, especially when those subjects are wedding participants and your objective is to create inviting and flattering light. Flash can be modified in a number of ways, which all effectively diffuse and redirect the initial light source into a broader, more aesthetically pleasing... READ MORE
Limited to just 7,000 cameras, the new titanium-colored Olympus E-M5 Mark II evokes memories of the OM-4Ti and OM-3Ti 35mm film cameras of the late 1980s and early 1990s. With its vintage styling, matching leather neck strap, and numbered owner’s card with a leather case, this camera will... READ MORE
Ryan Brenizer offers five deceptively simple ideas to improve your lighting when shooting weddings and, with one glance at his dramatic and subtle lighting effects, it becomes clear that these ideas, when executed properly, will create gorgeous images. Brenizer likes to travel light and his tips often involve using speedlights, whether on camera or off. Creating effective backlight is a specialty... READ MORE
Sennheiser recently introduced the MKE 2 Digital microphone, a tiny mic that you can clip to a shirt on one end, and plug into an iPhone on the other, for the purpose of recording audio into mobile apps. Similar products exist on the market, but what makes this one special are the extremely... READ MORE
Arguably the most versatile single focal length available, Canon has just introduced a new nifty fifty: the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. Pairing its classic design with a sleeker profile and new autofocus... READ MORE
Are you a beginner who is about to photograph your first wedding ever? Or, are you a seasoned pro shooter who could pick up a second job critiquing the moistness levels of wedding cakes from hundreds of different bakeries?
Regardless of your skill levels and experience, there is always room for learning new tricks and adding new, great images to your portfolio. We spoke to a handful of wedding... READ MORE
Many photographers desire to reproduce the world around them, not in exacting sharpness, but in a more ethereal and dream-like manner. To do this, you can spend hours post-processing an image, or you can expose your film or sensor through the unique glass of the Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 or the... READ MORE
We asked a number of respected wedding photographers, both young and well-established, to give us an idea about what they see as current trends and common requests in wedding shooting styles. We then compiled a short list to get you thinking about whether you’d like to incorporate these ideas into your repertoire in 2015.
1. Landscape Vistas
Several photographers relayed stories of trudging up... READ MORE
With a very personable demeanor and his beautiful photographs as a calling card, Ira Lippke introduces us to the important aspects of shooting a destination wedding. Noting the importance of developing a trusting relationship with the couple, he speaks about the “immersive nature” and intimacy of travelling with the wedding party and how that provides the opportunity for amazing photos. He... READ MORE
What’s new in gear for the wedding photographer this year? No need for much more of an introduction than that, so let’s jump into it with a sampling of the best new gear that might entice a wedding photographer, whether a traditional stylist, a documentary shooter, or anyone in-between.
Canon EOS 5DS
Let’s start with the... READ MORE
Your first day of film school is right around the corner and maybe you’re already thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to make the most of it. Sure, you’ll most likely get access to a lot of great equipment through your film school, but what if you want to practice framing a shot, lighting an interview subject or capturing sound on your own? After all, it’s your passion and inspiration... READ MORE
The new Pentax K-3 II’s advanced features, image quality, ruggedness, and performance will be no surprise to Pentax loyalists. Those photographers have known that Pentax’s DSLR cameras have been at the technological forefront for years. As these Pentax shooters are out making great photos, they do so confidently, knowing that their cameras have unique and useful built-in features that even the... READ MORE
Although photographing a wedding usually conjures the image of primarily working in a handheld fashion, there are often moments in the course of events that can truly benefit from the use of additional camera support by using a tripod. When it's possible to plan your shots in advance, a tripod will add increased stability to ensure sharper imagery and greater control and refinement possibilities... READ MORE