How to Overcome the Chaos of Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is one genre I will personally not touch. It takes a special kind of mind to handle a type of photography that comes with so much pressure. I envy those that do it, especially those that do it well. It must feel amazing to deliver an immortal memory of a couple’s special day. But, again, wedding photography comes with a lot of hurdles. There’s one in particular that pro photographers have to deal with, and I was curious as to how they handled it.

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The Loupedeck Creative Tool Is for the Photographer Who Does Everything

The new Loupedeck Creative Tool is targeting the multi-media creative that needs to operate in a ton of different spheres.

If you’re one of those photographers who edges into other mediums, then the Loupedeck Creative Tool is probably the next peripheral you need. Loupedeck has always created strong peripherals for photographers and videographers, and this latest product is designed to help those who also edit audio and much more. To that end, its ability to integrate with more software on the market make it more scalable and versatile. That translates into wedding photographers also being able to cut a video and edit audio using the same tool–pun not really, but really intended. Although the Loupedeck Creative Tool only uses USB 2.0 A, it has Bluetooth 5 low energy abilities.

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Why 1/320th Flash Sync on Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R is So Great

The Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R have 1/320th flash sync speeds; and there are huge reasons why this is awesome.

One of the biggest things that I’m personally so excited about with the new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R is the innovation brought to a full frame camera with shutter speeds and flash sync. Panasonic redesigned the entire shutter mechanism and gave it this ability–which is a first for mirrorless full frame cameras. Portrait and event photographers along with photojournalists and wedding photographers will greatly value this new boost to what they were already doing. While much of the photography world tries to put an emphasis on natural light and excessive Lightroom/Photoshop production, I feel like this helps put power back into the hands of true photographers and not editors.

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5 of Our Top Camera Bag Picks for Wedding Photographers

Wedding photographers need bags for all of the gear they take with them to a wedding. Here are some of our favorite picks. 

Wedding Photographers: you may know one or you may be one. Regardless of your status, there is one thing about wedding photographers that’s a given; they potentially have a lot of different gear that they need to take with them to a shoot; cameras, lenses, lighting and other accessories. This requires a solid bag (or bags) to accommodate and protect such a large kit while at the same time remaining easy to transport and access.

Today, we wanted to highlight some of our top camera/gear bag picks with wedding photographers in mind. As well, if you have a big photography kit or a small photography kit, it makes no difference. We will have options below that appeal to a variety of wedding photographers with varying amounts of gear. So, if you are ready. let’s get into it… Continue reading…

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL is Plenty of Power for Wedding Photographers

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL is bound to be perfect for a wedding photographer.

Now before I go on, there’s pretty good reasons why the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL will be great for wedding photographers and it really has to do with more or less enhancing ambient light and creating the light that isn’t there. Most photographers will opt for doing that with a hot shoe flash, but 500 watt seconds of power is more than enough to light up most wedding halls just by putting the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL in a corner, pointing the head up to the ceiling, and firing off at ISO 400 and f5.6 at 1/125th. Crazy, huh?

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This Vintage Camera Video Ad Was Shot With the Nikon F5

Lead photo by Tahir Hashmi. Used with Creative Commons permission.

These days, it’s not uncommon to see timelapse videos shot with just still cameras; but it was very uncommon to see it back in 1997 and done with the Nikon F5. A vintage ad (yes, because the 90s are vintage), this commercial was shot in 1997 by Alastair Thain using the Nikon F5 camera! According to the YouTube description, this was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour, and edited.

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Fred and Jamie: Wedding Photography and Merging Creative Visions

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All images by Fred and Jamie. Used with permission.

“Our shooting manifesto is photojournalistic. We don’t want to interfere or choreograph, we want to capture the feeling and personality of the day.” say photographers Fred and Jamie in their initial interview email to the Phoblographer. “We care more about a shot capturing a moment and evoking an emotion than getting sharp focus or finding the best lighting. I’d much rather see a photo that connects with the viewer than is executed technically well and we hope our clients do too.”

The duo have been shooting together since 2011, and care a lot about the emotion of the moment when it comes to their images. To that end, they see themselves as storytellers. “Having two photographers (as opposed to a photographer and an assistant) allows us to be in two different places at the same time. We sync our camera clocks and at the after the day, we order all our shots chronologically.”

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Review: Chris Martin’s Fashion Presets (Adobe Lightroom)

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Chris Martin has released presets before for film lovers, but for the specialized fashion shooter you can never have too many presets to help speed up your workflow. With that said, shortly after we announced the recent Fashion preset package, we decided to give them a go. Since I’ve done fashion work before, I put myself into the mentality of needing to deliver images super fast to clients. But in this case, it was instead to give the models I work with another way to display images of themselves for their own portfolio. With that said, retouching wasn’t done to the images–but in these situations they didn’t really need them.

What I found is something that you’ll either scoff at or praise.

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Lexar Announces CFast Line of CF Cards With Speeds Up to 500MB/sec

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Lexar is speeding up the storage game with a new line of CFast memory cards. The company says that these cards have read transfer speeds up to 3333x, which translates roughly to 500MB/sec, and is three times faster than the fastest CF cards currently availalbe. There are four sizes of these cards: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, but there isn’t any word on pricing or availability yet.

Alongside these cards, Lexar has a card reader for it that is designed to work with its Professional Workflow Reader Solution, a tiered four-way card reader that streamlines the transfer of media from cards to computer.

The CFast cards also come with Image Rescue software, which will prevent major headaches when you’ve accidentally hit the delete button. When they’re released, these cards will be a substantial asset for videographers and wedding photographers alike.