Video “Photography”

I happen to be looking at a website of a videographer who was suggesting that the still images taken from his video could substitute for hiring a professional wedding photographer.  It is to laugh!  That would be the equivalent of using a 3 mega-pixel camera.  My wife’s camera has better resolution than that!

Now, there is a lot more to photography than the megapixel size of your camera.  There is exposure, focus, compostion and lighting.  I’ve seen very few videographers who understand and apply all four of those fundamentals.  Granted, the videographer does have the advantage of not having to ‘time’ when he takes the photograph.  However, the lack of resolution and lack of light control, composition and posing would make this scenario no better than what your friends are taking with their point-and-shoot cameras.

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Rapidly Declining

The quality of wedding photography – on the whole – is rapidly declining. It saddens me to see this.

The problem is, a lot of people with decent digital cameras decide they can photograph weddings. Most of these newcomers have no knowledge of what actually makes a good photograph. They take their flash and stick it on their camera in TTL mode, put the camera in Program and take hundreds or thousands of photographs. “It looks right on the back of the camera, so it must be right. Anyways, I can fix it Photoshop.” Both of those statements are inaccurate.

Every photograph rests on four foundational pillars: 1)Focus (including depth-of-field), 2)Exposure (including color balance), 3)Composition (including lens selection) and 4)Lighting. The better the foundation, the better the photograph. A camera with an on camera flash in program mode IS NOT capable of getting creating a quality photograph. It is – quite simply – bad photography.

The magazines that cater to professional photographers are not helping matters. They publish images that lack the fundamental basics of good photographs. Professional photographers have not helped themselves either. Many are just lazy and use poor techniques when it comes to photographing weddings. Prices of good digital cameras continue to decline encouraging more people to move into the business.

Take all those ingredients and stir them up and what do you get? It’s not pretty and it smells bad. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

Larry