Wedding Photography Style
My wedding photography style has evolved over the years. The more weddings you shoot the more you adapt what you do during the course of a wedding day. As technology and new cameras arrive we can tweak how we work to take advantage of new innovations. Increased ISO capabilities,faster focusing and tracking, higher drive speeds are just a few of the improvements we see in cameras every year.
Working alongside other photographers and seeing how they work and their particular wedding photography style can also influence our own style and practices. I have often balked at the higher and higher frame rates on cameras these days. One camera in particular can shoot at 20 frames per second. That is nearly as high as the standard film video frame rate of 24 frames per second. This capability has influenced the wedding photography style of quite a number of newer wedding photographers in recent times. Personally I have always thought this was way over the necessary requirements for wedding photography. I heard stories of wedding photographers shooting in excess of 7000 images for each wedding they covered. This horrified me, particularly when I thought of all the culling that would be needed in post production. Two things recently have led me to change my thinking on this.
Firstly I recently purchased the latest Fujifilm X camera which is capable of high burst rates even when writing Raw files and Jpegs to two cards at once. The second was two recent wedding where I have been second shooting with a fellow wedding photographer Lee Dann who uses this method. After the first wedding he asked me to adopt this wedding photography style whereby instead of waiting for the right moment to fire the shutter, see a ‘moment’ about to happen and then shoot through it using the burst mode on the camera.
It made me realise that this was indeed a useful technique to deploy as during post production you simply choose the peak of the action and discard the remainder. Admittedly this did seem wasteful before I tried it, but the memory cards are so powerful now in terms of storage and speed. Using the right software you can even decide which images to import to your editing computer therefore eliminating the need for additional storage space. Never too old to learn something new!
Here are a few images (in no particular order) from both weddings shot in Oxfordshire during the fantastic hot weather we have had this month.