As a wedding photographer there are some things that become absolutely essential. The obvious are to carry several professional cameras, ensure you have even more good quality lenses and then some other bits. Some obvious, but others less-so.
Included in these, but not in any particular order are;
- flash guns
- flash stands
- flash triggers
- reflectors and diffusers
Its the last of these I want to chat about.
Many people, and that includes not a few enthusiastic photographers, think that a wedding photographer can make just any old image look half-decent. Why? Because they believe (quite wrongly) that their software can produce miracles.
Now I’m not saying the right software, especially the likes of Lightroom or Photoshop, doesn’t go a long way to pepping-up some otherwise dull photographs. But even the mighty Photoshop cannot do what some filters can do.
And specifically, I mean what a Polariser filter can do.
In bright, sunny conditions, a polariser filter can make the difference between an OK photo and a gorgeous photograph.
On her wedding day, the bride often has a fairytale idea about what she wants. And this pretty-much always includes perfect blue skies and warm, sunny,dry, windless weather. And as a wedding photographer, I will just have to deal with it.
Bright white wedding dresses combined with deep blue skies present a challenge to cameras. The problem is that whilst our eyes are superb at seeing both extremes of brightness and colour vividly, cameras have not yet reached the same level of sophistication.
But in this situation a polarising filter does what no electronic filter in Lightroom or Photoshop can do as convincingly. It can deepen the blue whilst helping the contrast.
Not only that, but it can lessen the reflection seen at or through a glass window.
And it can render the surface of water, such as a still lake almost perfectly see-through. Just enough reflection to look natural, but not so much as its a distraction.
Try getting Photoshop to do all that without many, many hours of post-production!
So, after years of using a pretty cheap polariser, I took the plunge and bought a decent one. And decent ones are definitely not cheap. In fact they can cost as much as a decent compact camera!
But thank goodness I did, as Bex and Nick just happened to get the most stunningly wonderful blue-sky wedding day at Woolacoombe and later at Croyde in Devon.
So, as a wedding photographer, I am most definitely going to keep a polariser in my kit. Whilst I might not use it continuously, when I do, I know it will really make a lovely difference to the quality of my images.
If you would like to know more about either of us ( or both of us) being your wedding photographer, call today on OI453 89O 83O.
Speak with you soon
Miranda and Stuart