Sunday, December 19, 2010

Behind the Lens:: Part 1

When I was first getting going as a photographer I was always so curious about how other photographers chose their lenses for different shoots, how they determined their camera settings for varying circumstances, and how they achieved a certain "look" that they had envisioned. After much practice, experience, and exploration I have realized that there are many ways to capture a shot, there is no perfect lens, and there is no perfect formula. ALTHOUGH, we have found a system that works well for us, and I'm happy to share some tidbits of information with you to feed the curiosity that you may have :)

To other photographers and future brides wondering about wedding photography: here's a look into what's going on for 30 seconds on a wedding day.

Who: Bryan and Melissa's Wedding
What: posed individual bridal party shots
When: August 2010, 2 hours before the ceremony
Where: Camp Ghormley, Forrest setting
Weather: comfortable temp, overcast, about to rain
More Info: We took 1 hour to do photos of the whole bridal party, just the guys, just the girls, and all the individual photos. We spent about 25 minutes wandering around to different locations with the whole bridal party, and then finished up doing just guys/girls and individuals in two nearby spots.
Why: We like to do a close up shot, a full body formal shot, and a silly shot for each person in the bridal party so that they have a few to choose from. Since there are two photographers, we can use two different lenses, utilize both natural light and flashes, and quickly work well together to get a lot of shots in a short amount of time.
Post Processing: Edited in lightroom for color and exposure adjustments

Photo #1: taken by Amy, Canon 5D mk ii, 70-200mm lens, natural light
Manual camera settings: f/3.2, 1/160 sec., ISO-100, auto WB, Focal length 123mm, center focus
 

Photo #2/3: taken by Tavis, Canon 5D mk ii, 16-35mm lens, pocket wizard flash system
Manual camera settings: f/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-125, Focal length 35mm, center focus

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This behind the lens post simply contains my own thoughts, ideas, and insights. Each photographer is different, and everyone goes about wedding photography differently. This blog's content is copyright of Memory Montage Photography. Please do not copy or republish this text without written permission to do so. If you would like to share this post, please include a link directly to our blog's URL. Thank you!}

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