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Does the personality of your photographer really matter?
Of course I am going to say yes to this question, and I do have my reasons . When selecting your photographer most have been told to look at three things: price, quality of work and experience. While I cannot argue with any of those suggestions I would like to add a fourth to this list, personality!
If you stop to think about it for a moment you will realize that you will be spending the majority of your wedding day next to and interacting with your wedding photographer. Same goes with your guests! With this said, ask yourself this simple question; Do you want to be around a grumpy old, “I hate my job” kind of photographer? Or do you want to be around one who is fun, funny, has the ability to relax you and not get stressed out and most of all, one who really enjoys their job?
I would add this component to your selection process when deciding on your photographer be it for your; wedding, family portrait or any photographic event. So the next time you are talking to a prospective photographer try to ascertain whether her/she is relaxed, open and fun. I am not talking hiring a stand up comic, but hire one that at least has a sense of humor!
If you have decided to have anything photographed the obviously it is important to you, so a full time professional photographer is vital!
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Why do brides need professional a makeup artist?
I am not a professional makeup artist. I am, however, a professional wedding photographer based in Houston, TX. Why does talking about Houston, TX matter and what does this have to do with makeup? Simple, humidity!
If you know anything about an outdoor wedding in the summer in Houston you know that one thing is guaranteed to happen and that is you will sweat! When you sweat you get shiny and when you get shiny you want me to photoshop the “shiny” out of the photos, which is 100% impossible to do. So how to you combat this? Well, the answer is easy and not nearly as expensive as you think. Hire a professional makeup artist.
When it comes to wedding photography I view everything through the eyes of a wedding photographer. Brilliant, right! In my 14+ years of experience one thing I have learned is the value of professionally applied makeup on your wedding day. If you hire a true professional such as Tara Elle Artistry you will see that not only is this affordable it will make all the difference in the overall quality of your photos. Yes, make up and quality photography go hand in hand. Below are a list of reason why:
- 1) No shine! Makeup take the shine off your face. Less shine better photos!
- 2) Even skin tones. The more even your skin tones the smoother and more angelic your skin will look
- 3) Pros use high end makeup specific for hot, humid situations
- 4) Makeup that is applied for photography will handle my flash better
- 5) It’s your wedding day. Don’t you want to simply look the best you can?
I understand that it seems that everyone has their hand out asking you to pay them. I get it, I really do. But I am one who truly believes in spending the bulk of the money in YOU and NOT your guests. I say buy professional photography, video, makeup and hair and worry less about what your guests will eat.
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In Style Photography
Houston, TX professional wedding and portrait photographer
I have been doing some Fuji bashing lately, well deserved bashing might I add, but I thought I would take a break from flogging the Fuji horse and talk about something positive with the Fuji X system. I am talking about the Fuji 55-210 3.5-4.8 R LM OIS!
We all know I have a huge issue with the claims that the new Fuji XT1 is a DSLR killer, which it is not by they way, but I digress. I was in Houston Camera Exchange about 3 weeks ago and was looking to buy something. Didn’t really care what, just knew I wanted to buy something, anything! After looking around I spotted a few used Fuji X lenses and I asked mi amigo Craig what he had on the shelf and low and behold a used 55-210! I asked how much. He gave a price. I scoffed and said, here is what I can pay today, and he said OK! My mission was accomplished. Plus I didn’t think I’d get hurt too bad at an out the door price of $350.00.
With my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II long since sold I was concerned that when shooting weddings I did not have a lens that would be long enough to accommodate the Catholics. We fellow wedding photographer know how the Catholics love to put us photographers way in the back, turn out all the lights and say NO FLASH! With the lens costing a just $350.00, I figured it was a low enough price to take a calculated risk. An added bonus is the crop factor is 1.5x which make this a seriously long reaching lens. I must say I did feel more comfortable and confident knowing I had this lens in my bag. And now I could shoot a wedding without ticking off the Catholics LOL! So now my thoughts:
I was on my way to shoot a wedding at the end of March with my newest lens (yes latest firmware installed) and had my XT1, X Pro-1, XE-2 and X100s in my bag. The XE-2 held the 18-55 and the XT1 was adorned with my new’/used 55-210. Right away I noticed how smooth everything was on the lens. The autofocus was pert-near silent and actually pretty responsive. Now keep in mind, I was shooting in the prefect sun-setting, beautiful light. The zoom function was buttery smooth and the feel of this lens on the XT1 was substantial, in a good way. Everything felt solid and well balanced. Oh yea, you must use the new grip for the XT1 to get that balanced feel. All in all the lens felt good, no, felt great in my hands. But what about performance?
I must admit I had little to no expectations as to the image quality of this lens, after all it’s a “kit lens” and what pro would ever dream of using one of those things? As I snapped the first few test shots before the bride strolled down the isle I noticed the images on the back of the camera where sharp, I mean fixed lens sharp. The colors and contrast were what you would expect from the Fuji XF lenses. To be honest I was stunned with what I was seeing and crossed my fingers that the quality would be the same on my iMac. And so far so good!
Fuji XT1 with 55-210 3.5-4.8 OIS.
As you can see from the .jpeg images above (Lightroom did not have a RAW plugin yet) not bad. Not bad for a “kit lens and most of all not bad for $350.00! I will freely admit that I was spoiled by the Fuji 35mm 1.4 on my X Pro-1. That combo just may be the greatest lens/camera combo to date. Take that Leica lovers! All kidding aside, the image quality was not only more than acceptable it was down right fantastic! Will I use this lens more? I already have. in fact I use it at every event I shoot now. Understanding this lens is slow and therefore you will not do as well in low light, even with a superb OIS lens stabilization, but for what it is and for the price point, even new, this lens is a steal! If you are trying to decide what to add to your bad I implore you to take a long and lustful look at the surprise Fuji 55-210 3.5-4.8 OIS. You will be glad you did!
Fuji X100s at 3200 ISO 1/60 with built in fill flash
I shot my very first wedding with 100% Fuji X gear and here are my thoughts:
I brought my Fuji X100s, XT1 and XE2 and my X Pro-1 as a back up, to shoot a wedding which was indoors at the Majestic Metro in downtown Houston, TX. The lighting was complicated to say the least. Every color known to mankind was there, I am not kidding. It was dimly lit and white balance was next to impossible. I was forced to leave the cameras set on AWB, which faired pretty well I might add. There was one glaring FAILURE with the Fuji’s that night….FLASH!
THE BAD: If Fuji is hoping to compete with the DSLR world and wants to be considered a viable option to working pro’s like me they must address their off camera flash failure. A tiny on camera flash will simply not cut it. I tried everything to get my Fuji EF-42 to do it’s thing, which it did but at stunningly slow recycle times. Please keep in mind I am accustomed to shooting with a Qflash Trio with a Quantum Turbo battery and less than 1 second recycle times. With that said the Fuji flash was almost useless as a on camera flash. You cannot shoot fast of a bride walking down the isle with the Fuji flash system, you just can’t! I ended up setting up 2 Quantum T5DR flashes, bare bulb, in the corners with did help. Fuji off camera flash is a failure, period!
THE AVERAGE: The XT1 performed well, but not any better than the XE2. The auto focus seemed the same and neither performed well all in low light. In fact none of the Fuji’s autofocus performed well in low light. To be fair by 5D II was not all that and a bag of chips when it came to low light AF, so there’s that. The X100s actually performed the best of all the camera. The AF was average but at least accurate and the lens/ISO combo and 5000 actually looked very good, especially in B&W. One HUGE weak point was that Adobe Lightroom as of this post, does not support Fuji XT1 RAF files, so I was forced to shoot in JPEG which I prefer not to do at weddings. The XT-1 JPEG files made the skin very “plastic looking” and odd to say the least. I did not rate that as “bad” because PS CC Camera RAW does support the files and Lightroom will soon follow. This caused me to use the XE2 a lot more.
Another really noticeable thing about the XT1 is that without the grip (VG-XT1) the camera is very out of balance with the 18-55 or the 60 2.4. It was OK with the 35 1.4 and better with the 14 2.8. The fact that Fuji did not release the grips at the time of the camera release is a head scratcher but luckily my grip arrived form B&H today, just in time for my wedding Sunday the 30th. I will post a follow up to this section afterwards.
Fiji X100s at 3200 ISO f2.2 @ 1/60th AWB
THE GOOD: Ok now the good to really good points to that night. Low light shooting at 3200 to 500 ISO was stunning! I was able to really work the reception room well with the 35 1.4 and got pretty much noiseless, tack sharp shots consistently at 3200 ISO. I set my camera to auto ISO at 3200 with min shutter speed of 1/60. Not because I am shaky but because at a wedding rarely are people still.
The colors were, well, Fuji! I got great color and of course stunning B&W. It is here that I feel the Fuji X system really separates itself from all others, including Leica. There is something flat out amazing about the Fuji X B&W photos!. The other really good thing was the weight. Ahhhhhhh no more Canon back pain after a long wedding shoot! The lightweight and ergo friendly cameras made it a joy to shoot the wedding and with the new grip added to the XT1 things will only get better!
Fuji X100s @ 5000 ISO f 2.0
CONCLUSION: Do I regret selling all of my Canon gear to go 100% Fuji? At times I guess, but I truly believe it will get better as I learn the nuances of the Fuji System. If Fuji address their glaring failure in regard to wireless TTL off camera flash issues, then I will say without hesitation NO, I do not miss Canon. Fuji has something special here but for a working pro there is a lot of room for improvement and I feel confident Fuji will listen to pro’s and make the changes, and soon!
Fuji XE-2 ISO 400, f4.5 1/100 35mm 1.4 XF
I am a huge fan of the Fuji X series cameras! Ok that is the end of my blog post! Kidding, of course. Let me explain why it is I love these cameras.
I dipped my toe into the Fuji X pool a little over a year ago when I bought my X-Pro 1. I was just like everyone else who used this camera, I couldn’t wait for the next firmware update! The X-Pro was beautiful and maddening at the same time. It missed focus a ton, was slow and unsure of itself. But as time went on and as Fuji listened to their customers, through diligent firmware upgrades that camera started to soar! Now I can gladly say that not only do I love my X-Pro1 but I also love my X100s and X-E2!
I love that these cameras excel where a camera should, image quality. Fuji did it right with their sensor and mojo thingy that is inside the wonderful little jewels of image producing perfectness! The colors are bold, different but no so different that they are not believable. As close to film as I have come with digital. The auto focusing is much better on the newer versions but at the end of the day I never thought they that bad after the first few firmware upgrades. Are they DSLR fast, no, but then again they are not supposed to be a DSLR. They work exactly the way they should. As a tool to help you achieve the best possible image quality, period!
If you are a B&W lover, like I am, then you will not find anything out there that does B&W better than the Fuji X system cameras. I know this may sound like a bold, dare I say dangerous statement to make but I will stand buy it until I am proven wrong. I am not sure what it is about the B&W’s that come out of these cameras but when I pair a B&W image from my X-Pro with my Epson 7880 which is loaded with Peizography ink sets, well it is as close to wet darkroom as you can get. I print on Canson fiber based baryta papers and I will say the prints are stunning. And the Fuji’s have a lot to do with that. The detail, sharpness and dynamic range in RAW is exceptional and most of all I can shoot RAW and keep all of the lush goodness the Fuji files give me.
Let’s be real here. The Fuji’s are not a magic box that will make you a better photographer, but I will say, when I hold one of these wonderfully built instruments I do “feel” like a photographer. it is a hard thing to explain and I freely admit it makes no sense but it is a feeling that is real and genuine.
What do I want to see next from Fuji? Full frame! I shudder at what can be accomplished as a photographer if Fuji put out a $2,500.00 18-24mp, full frame work of art! I will be the first in line to buy one!