Trends In Wedding Photography

Some people are looking for something different and they need only look at recent trends in wedding photography or even wedding photo booths.  Some people don’t like the traditional “posed” pictures in wedding albums, and have turned to alternatives such as unposed candid photos, black and white photos, and photojournalism type shots. The photojournalism shots are usually more animated, and might show the bride and her bridesmaids running into the church in the rain, or the groomsmen playing around outside, or guests having a wild time at the reception, you get the picture.  These can provide a refreshing departure from the way everybody else does it, and make your wedding album unique.  Instead of a standard color photo of the bride and groom posing by a fountain and staring into the camera, try a different shot like a black and white photo of the bride and groom looking away from the camera out into the ocean, contemplating their future together.

Should The Studio Use 35 mm Cameras or Medium Format (2 1/4″ frame) Cameras

Boy did I open a can of worms! This is the biggest debate next to the Grassy Knoll.  Sure 35 mm cameras and film improved in the 90’s, but so did 120 film, and you still can’t beat laws of enlargement physics!  A medium format negative (2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″) only needs to be enlarged 1/4 that of a 35 mm negative, resulting in finer grain and sharper pictures 4X that of 35 mm. On 8×10 photos the difference in quality is noticeable! Don’t skimp on the film.

I love my Nikon, but If I take pictures at a friend’s wedding I only use it as a backup. The true professional with their heart in the assignment uses a medium format camera, because when 8×10 or 16×20 blowups are made, There is a difference. And I know a lot of people who have 16 x 20’s made. Regardless of what anyone tells you, there is a difference at 8×10. Since you are paying a lot of money for them to shoot your wedding, don’t let them insult you with lame excuses of why it’s ok for them to use 35 mm.  The only benefit is that it’s cheaper to process, providing more profit for the studio, and 35 mm cameras are easier for some photographers to carry around. You might as well give your 35 mm camera to a photojournalism student who will shoot your wedding for half the cost. Any photographer who tells you there’s no difference between 35 mm and 120 film, is a moron.

This is a very controversial subject.  Many photographers will use 35 mm cameras for the candid shots, which I’m still on the fence about, preferring the medium format cameras like Hasselblad, Mamiya, etc.  Many photographers have emailed me to complain that 35 mm cameras are easier to use for candid shots than Hasselblad.  Personally, I disagree, I think any camera is as easy to use the next one.  While the Hassey is a bit heavier, I think the quality of the photograph is worth whatever “extra weight” they are complaining about. I think they are wimps and should just quit whining about it and give us all a break.

Of course the many studios that do use Hasselblad for weddings don’t complain at all, because they agree with me and want to provide their customers with that extra bit of quality. I think many of these complaining studios are coming up with excuses to hide the real issue:  they can’t afford a Hasselblad, or they refuse to spend the money on one.  Some have come up with creative excuses like “they are mechanically unreliable, so we don’t use them”.  The studio that shot our wedding sends all their Hasselblad equipment TO THE FACTORY for an overhaul every year, whether it needs it or not.  If the complainers were that conscientious about maintenance, they would not have to worry about mechanical breakdown.



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