May 2021 // The Wedding Edition

CAMERAS

This one is pretty easy because I feel like any of the higher-end models from any manufacturer would serve a professional wedding photographer well. As long as it’s not a prosumer camera you can pick up at Walmart or Sam’s Club, you should be fine. That said, I have used a ton of different types of cameras from crop sensor to medium format and from Nikon to Leica, and I have found what works best for me in regards to weddings. So from here I’ll walk through two features I never want to have to shoot without for the rest of my career (unless something new and unimaginable comes along). Sneak peek: one of these features can only be found from one camera brand.

MIRRORLESS

Mirrorless cameras have changed the way I shoot because they have changed the way I view a scene before I take an image. In the days of optical viewfinders, you had to use the meter in the camera in order to get an idea of what the exposure should be. You then had to have a mental idea of what the camera was seeing and make a decision on whether you wanted that image to be brighter or darker than what the meter was telling you. From here you could take a picture, look at the back of the camera, and then decide if it was good or if the image needed adjustment. Then when the scene or light changed, you had to do it all over again. Enter mirrorless and the electronic viewfinder. Now, I can simply look through the finder or at the back screen and see exactly what the image will look like before I even press the shutter. I can physically see if the image is too bright or too dark and make adjustments on the fly as needed. This has drastically changed the way I view light because it has taught me how to see the way the camera sees.

SILENT SHUTTER

When silent shutters were first released, I looked at them as sort of a gimmick. I didn’t really see the need for them and never thought they would be useful in the real world. That was until I began using them. The first time I dove into using a silent shutter was when photographing a funeral. I never realized how loud my shutter sound was until I was photographing people in grief. It was here I realized that I wanted to be close to the moments to capture them well, but that my shutter was bringing people out of those moments and making them aware of my camera. The problem with silent shutters is that they bring about some downsides, like rolling shutter and banding under certain lighting conditions. That is why I shoot with the Sony a9 (the a9ii and a1 would also work): because the technology built into these sensors allows the silent shutter to not only shoot at 20 frames per second (30 for the Sony a1), but it also allows it to shoot with no banding and no rolling shutter. So you get all the benefits of a silent shutter without any of the drawbacks.

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