What equipment do you use?
I will typically bring the following equipment to a wedding:
- Two Canon 5D Mark III camera bodies
- At least six professional grade prime lenses, ranging from 24 to 135 mm in focal length
- Two Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes
- A tripod, extra memory cards, spare batteries etc.
Having two camera bodies, two flashes and multiple lenses also means I can keep working if the unexpected happens and something breaks.
The following features make the 5D Mark III the ideal wedding camera:
- Canon’s highest resolution sensor (22 megapixels) for amazing image quality
- Great autofocus system for ensuring sharp focus
- Amazing low light performance for shooting without flash in near darkness
- Two card slots so, even if a card fails, no images are lost
- Silent shutter mode for quiet shooting.
Who owns copyright to the photographs?
I retain copyright to all the photographic artwork I produce. If you purchase a Digital Collection, you will receive digital copies of the photographs and a licence that allows you to print, copy and distribute the photographs as much as you like for personal (i.e. non-commercial) use. Basically the only thing you can’t do is sell the photographs (which I’m guessing is not something you’re planning to do anyway).
Do you Photoshop or touch-up the photographs?
With the occasional exception, I generally do not ‘retouch’ photographs to add or remove any details. Producing my photographic artwork involves ‘post-processing’ using Lightroom and Photoshop. This is a necessary step that ensures all photographic artwork has a consistent look.
When can I expect to receive my Digital Collection or Fine Art Album?
I guarantee to deliver Digital Collections within six weeks of your wedding, although two to three weeks is typical. Fine Art Albums may take a little longer.
How many photographs will be included in my Digital Collection?
The exact number of photographs in a Digital Collection depends on several factors, such as the duration of your wedding and whether you’ve asked for a second photographer. Plus I focus on quality over quantity. As a guide, for a 10 hour wedding without a second photographer, I guarantee at least 500 photographs.
Does my Digital Collection include all the photographs taken on the day?
A Digital Collection includes a large selection of photographs. Where I have taken multiple photographs of the same scene, I will usually give you only the best version. Some of the photographs will also be rendered in black and white rather than colour, based on the image content, composition and lighting.
I’ve heard about ‘Raw’ photos. What are these and are they included in my Digital Collection?
I use the ‘Raw’ format, rather than the more familiar JPEG format, as the starting point for creating my photographs. A Raw file simply contains all the data collected from the camera’s sensor, a bit like a digital negative. Before printing or viewing this file, it needs to be ‘interpreted’ and converted to a JPEG format. For a photographer, Raw files offer many advantages over JPEGs, and ensure all photographs are captured with the highest possible level of quality. As part of the photographic process, I will interpret each Raw file and convert it into a JPEG format, which is what I include in the Digital Collection. I don’t include Raw files. Giving you Raw files is like giving you the contents of my refrigerator, when what you really want is a well-cooked meal.
What if something happens and you can’t be at my wedding for some reason?
It has never happened, but in the case of some extraordinary event, like I get my leg bitten off by a shark, I can arrange for another professional photographer to take my place. You also have the option of choosing someone else and receiving a full refund.
How do I make a booking?
Call or email me first so I can check my availability. You might also like to meet me in person. To make a booking, you just need to fill out an online booking form and pay a deposit to secure your date.
What if I want to change the date of my booking?
Get in touch and I’ll see what I can do. If I am available on the new date, I should be able to move your booking without any drama.
What if it rains?
Don’t stress about the weather. Have a contingency plan for things like an outdoor ceremony, but let the day be what it is, whether it rains or not. Remember, my job is to tell the story of your day, which might include rain. I’m pretty adaptable and can shoot in all kinds of conditions. I even keep some umbrellas in my car, just for you and your bridal party.
How long should I allow for formal, group or creatively staged photographs?
This is totally up to you. Some of my couples like to keep everything purely documentary, without any posed photos at all. Some like to spend a little time getting some group shots to keep mum happy. And others want to spend a bit of time getting some creatively staged portraits. For group shots, allow about 3 minutes per group. For creative portraits, allow between 30 and 90 minutes. Before the wedding we can work out a run sheet based on your planned timetable for the day, which takes this into account.
If you have a list of groups you want photographed, I may ask you to give the list to a trusted friend or relative who knows everyone so each group can be organized quickly. This will greatly speed up the process and ensure no shots are missed.
Are you insured for public liability?
Of course. Dig It Photography is incorporated and fully insured for public liability.