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Digital vs Film Wedding Photography

Which medium should a wedding photographer use when it comes to digital vs film photography for weddings?

It’s an argument that’s fading, gasping its last breath as the use of camera film dies a slow, quiet death.

It’s something I’m asked about less frequently these days but for some brides and their photographers, it’s still a valid debate. For old-school photographers, Kodak or Fujifilm is still a viable option to offer couples searching for that “certain look” that emulsion can have. But for the newbies in the photographic industry, digital is the only way to go. Films aren’t their speciality even if they’re trained in it at all.

What really matters is that a couple like their photographer’s style, not what format they used to capture the images. And, when you get right down to it, the differences between the two mediums aren’t really visible to the untrained eye. That’s right, you heard me — if the lighting is right, there is no debate between the two. It looks the same.

When the lighting conditions start to deteriorate, that’s when the an images’ texture and pattern can look ‘grainier’, which, occasionally, is the evocative look a bride wants. Both can offer these characteristics but with the advent of high quality digitized cameras with wider ISO settings, this aspect it is easier to control. With both media, post production editing makes it possible to achieve virtually any effect you desire.

If that’s the case, then why consider roll-film photography at all? There are a few reasons a photographer might offer film as an option to a couple.

  1. Some photographers truly believe that it gives a higher quality print.
  2. At the end of an event, the photographer is done. The photo lab takes care of color balance adjustments and retouching; the photographer doesn’t have to worry about correcting computer files.
  3. Technically speaking, film has a wider dynamic range than digital for high-contrast scenes.
  4. Film photography is a creative and funny entertainment for couple and their guests.

But for every positive argument for film, the micro-chip comes roaring back with its own strong suit.

  1. Many photographers consider themselves artists, and with that, they don’t want the photo lab to be in control of the final product.
  2. Shooting digitally, a photographer is able to shoot many more frames, meaning the couple probably will have a more complete coverage of their event.
  3. There’s less risk for poor quality photos because the photographer can immediately review and correct an image that didn’t quite turn out the way it was planned.

Despite the advantages for each medium, they’re all moot points if the bride or groom doesn’t like the photographer’s portfolio in the first place!

As with anything else, there’s going to be good photographers and not-so-good photographers, and it doesn’t really make much of a difference which medium the not-so-good photographers shoot in.

Select a photographer who will give you the best images you could hope for, and the media argument doesn’t really matter.

If you want my advice – choose today’s technology – you’ll get a wider coverage of your day! 

Black and White Pictures – Timeless!

There is something timeless and evocative about black and white pictures. I just love them!

Does your photographer offer both types of photography? If so, you might have paused to consider which one is better for your wedding, and really, why does it matter? What does b&w; photography offer that colored images can’t?

Both have their advantages. B&W; can be best for documenting emotional moments — there are no colors to distract your eye from the subject of the photo. The subtlety of the tones within the image reveal the full range of blacks through grey to whites that can make an otherwise dull colored image far more exciting. Images without coloring convey sentiment and classic looks that somehow, colored images just can’t express.

Colorless images can be great when there are facial features that you DON’T want to focus on, such as skin imperfections.

Naturally there are plenty of images at your wedding that you DO want to focus on. For the cheerful, joyful moments of a wedding, colored photography is more appropriate. It should also be used when documenting the details of the nuptials — the bright pink flower in the bride’s bouquet against her white dress, the subtle hues in the centerpieces and the clear blue sky that the bridal party is posing under.

Digital technology these days mean that photographers don’t have to use a special film for b&w; photos. Instead, photographers typically shoot entirely in digital and then convert specific images later during in the editing process.

It’s likely your photographer will give you a mix of images because both have a place in your wedding album. Unless you have a particular photo in mind that should be one or the other, trust your photographer’s artistic eye. You’ll end up with the emotional, stunning photos that will best display that particular moment in your wedding day. 

Use Digital Photography Courses To Build Your Knowledge

Digital photography courses are able to take the unpracticed amateur to the same level as the trained professional, as long as that amateur is prepared to go through the intense training which is necessary to achieve that standard. There are many amateurs who do not have the desire to reach that exalted level, but just a desire to get the best results from their camera without expending too much time. This can also be achieved, as there are both online and offline courses aimed at every level of photographer.

The first important principle you will learn on a digital photography course is that there are few fundamental differences between the techniques used in new photography and those used in the past. The way in which the camera operates at the most basic level is little changed, as the shutter still allows light into the mechanism which has been designed to capture it. It is the manipulation which is possible with digital photographs which sets them apart, and the best results will be achieved from this manipulation when the initial photograph has been taken in the most effective way. The techniques of taking effective photographs are never to be overlooked, even if you have powerful software.

You will also need to learn how to effectively manage a portfolio of your own photographs, and this does require very different techniques from managing and storing analog photographs. A digital photograph, just like any other file, needs to be cataloged with a numbering system, or file management system, to allow you to find it easily again whenever you need to. If you are taking photographs on many different subjects, the best system will be one which starts with these categories. You will also need to learn the vitally important skill of backing up your files.

The major focus of digital photography courses will be the manipulation of the images which have been taken, as it is this which separates digital technology from the previous film based era. There is now the potential for photographers to correct common errors such as red eye, which can completely ruin photographs which can never be taken again. The tool which is used for these repairs is known as Adobe Photoshop, and it is certainly not cheap software at over $500. It will, however, allow you to get the best possible results from your endeavors, as long as you can spare the time to learn to use it properly.

It is possible to use free software to carry out some limited enhancements to digital photographs, and this free software can even open Photoshop files if it has the right plug in attached. You will not have the same range of options that you would get with the paid version, but you may not need them if you are only going to be carrying out limited edits. It may also be useful to learn what you can do with the free software before taking the step of investing in anything better, because then you will have a greater understanding of how effective the paid software will be.

There are many digital photography courses to be found online, and many of these can be sampled for free. They will not be as comprehensive as the paid materials, and they will certainly not show you the techniques in as great a detail as you would get from a paid offline course. They can be especially useful for absolute beginners who want to give themselves something of an edge when they go to take on more comprehensive digital photography courses.

Find The Right Online Digital Photography Classes

Online digital photography classes have the potential to take any beginning photographer to any level they would choose, including the status of professional photographer if that is desired.

There are many excellent tutorials which can get a beginner quickly up to the level where they are taking effective shots, and then to the level where they have an effective understanding of the individual settings on a camera. There are also classes which can take the user beyond that level to the stage where they are taking professional standard photographs.

For a beginner, it can be important to just get into the game as quickly as possible and to begin taking some useful photographs. This is possible with entry level cameras, because they offer the function of being able to set their settings to automatic, eliminating any possible error which the user may make. Using these automatic settings, anyone should be able to take photographs of a reasonable standard. They will not be of the same quality as the photographs an experienced camera user would take with well defined manual settings, but the development of these skills needs to unfold over time.

It makes sense to take a large percentage of your initial photographs in the open air, and to photograph objects which are going to remain constant. This way, you can return to the same object many times to try out different settings. You can take photographs early in the morning, when the sunlight will be casting extreme shadows in one direction, and then in the evening when the shadows will be in completely the opposite direction. You can also take photographs from different distances, and from a slightly different angle. All of this will be valuable experience, and will help you progress quickly with online classes.

The higher levels of online digital photography classes will also concentrate on the ability of the digital photographer to manipulate the image once it has been downloaded to a computer. This is the major ability which separates the modern photographer from their predecessor using film. Anyone can perform basic editing using free software, although these free programs are often not well documented and come with a steep learning curve. If you want to take it further, you can always learn to use the industry standard Adobe Photoshop software, which is well documented, and which has all of the features a professional standard photographer needs.

Online classes can take you to the level where you can derive genuine satisfaction from amateur photography, and they can even help you reach the level of a professional photographer should that be something you would want to do. Many photographers, such as wedding and portrait photographers, are self employed and need no qualifications or licensing to be able to operate. In other industries such as journalism, a formal degree is definitely needed. You can now achieve this degree standard education without the need to spend several years at a college campus, through the new online learning platforms.

There are a great many online digital photography classes catering to photographers of all standards, so it is important to find the right one for your current level and the level you eventually want to achieve. Take your time to study the different courses on offer, and to read any independent reviews. If you are new, it will be best to start with one of the free basic courses to keep risk to a minimum, and then when you have a basic understanding of how the camera works, you can progress to paid online digital photography classes.