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Do You Photograph Weddings?

Friday, April 24th, 2015

One question that I get quite often from both photographers and brides-to-be is, do I photograph weddings? I DO! But then I don’t do it very often either. With my travel schedule, workshops and commercial/editorial photo shoots I really don’t have very much available time. However if you ask me far enough in advance, I’ll be there.

In fact, I love photographing weddings. One reason is that I always find that they are a lot of fun to be at, how can you not have fun? You get to spend the day with a group of people who are all happy and celebrating. On the other hand, if you have ever photographed a wedding you’ll know that it can also be challenging and for some photographers even stressful. Apart from dealing with people there is the photographic technical side. What is the lighting going to be? It can range from dark churches and reception venues to bright harsh mid-day sunlight. Should you use a flash? Even what camera bag or strap should you use.

I use the Canon 5D MKIII, which is pretty good with high ISO, I wish it was better though. The two lens that I use and also what I consider a definite must have for wedding photography are the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX, in fact these two are my workhorse lenses for most of my work.

Recently I tested out the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART lens, I can tell you that I absolutely love this lens!! For wedding photography it has to be the perfect prime lens, but I do know that some photographers prefer the angle of view that 35mm F1.4 gives, it just depends what your photographic style is.  Since either one of these lenses is a F1.4 they both can “see” in the darkest possible setting that you might find yourself in. So they will be able to focus much quicker and with more accuracy than a F2.8 and you can also use a much lower ISO. That combined with it’s narrow depth of field which creates that great soft blur background effect makes either one of these lenses a must have lens! In my next post, I will be reviewing the Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART lens in more detail.

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