All images by Sergei Yurin. Used with permission.
Sergei Yurin is a photographer based in Russia that shoots weddings–and does an absolutely spectacular job. More than anything, he has proven that gear doesn’t totally matter as long as your creative vision is there, but he has recently been making waves in the mirrorless community due to the fact that he dumped his Canon DSLR and lenses for Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds OMD cameras.
And in his eyes, there are so many more advantages besides just the fact that he’s carrying less.
Phoblographer: What is the biggest advantage that you can think of since moving from a DSLR to mirrorless?
Sergei: I am a wedding photographer for 8 years & I’ve used Canon DSLRs with Canon L zooms and primes until last year. The biggest advantage of mirrorless systems to me is weight & size of my backpack. Wedding in Russia often begins in early morning and ends up around midnight, so I have to be up for about 10-15 hours. In that case, weight and size matters.
I always shoot in manual mode & the EVF is a very good feature to me because I can see the change of my settings instantly. There’s no need to make test shots, so work becomes faster and I can react quickly on changing conditions.
I prefer to use low angles while shooting portraits, so I had to lay down on the ground to be able to focus properly back in DSLR times. But with Olympus cameras I can just flip the screen and compose my shot easily – it saves a lot of time and keeps my clothes clean.
AF speed on Olympus cameras is fast enough for my needs, I can catch the groom with Olympus 75/1.8 while the groom is running towards me. Have to mention that AF is well accurate, it means that when I focus on brides eye, it will be in focus, with DSLR I often had problems with AF accuracy.
Almost every M43 lens I have is sharp wide open. Back in my DSLR times I had to stop my lenses down to get image that sharp. In that case DSLR advantages in DoF & noise performance are not so noticeable.
Phoblographer: How is the editing workflow different?
Sergei: There’s no such difference to me. Recently Adobe released Lightroom 5.3 which finally supports Olympus cameras profiles & I must admit that my life became easier. Now I can get my best colors much faster and they’re pretty good right from the RAW.
Phoblographer: How has working with mostly primes changed the way you work at a wedding?
Sergei: With primes you have to move a lot, but you’ll get sharper images instead. Primes and Olympus IBIS gives you a lot of advantages in low light conditions – you can shoot at lower ISO than with DSLR for example.
Phoblographer: When it comes to lighting, what are you using?
Sergei: I have the Olympus FL-600R flash and two Yongnuo YN560-III with Yongnuo RF-603C synchronisers modified by me. All the flashes are always in manual mode.
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