Friday, June 27, 2008

What Can Go Wrong with Photography?


I gave you an unfair answer to your "what can go wrong with photography?" question.  I've been thinking about it while I drove back to the studio.  Here are the ones I came up with:

  • Couples who insist that they have all the photos taken somewhere that is too dark or is just ugly
  • Couples who leave only 15 or 20 minutes for all the formals
  • Couples who say they want "intimate portraits" but won't cuddle for the camera
  • Couples who don't give me any idea of the style they like, provide no shot list and sample clippings
  • Couples who don't tell me what is going to happen at the reception -- or say they want cake cutting shots but don't tell me when or where the cake cutting is going to occur and I end up behind all the guests
I think we'll do just fine.  You and Justin have done a good job organizing and planning the event.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Digital Photograph Workflow Discussion

As a digital wedding photographer I saw this article on the new site. Honestly, I think the author is underestimating the need for a serious multi-disk backup system and vastly underestimating the storage requirements of a serious professional photographer. Instead of 500-1000 images a day I actually end up shooting between 2,000 and 3,000 images.

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He talks about how a CD and an external hard drive are enough backups. I disagree. I suggest two external hard drives, two sets of DVDs and an online-upload backup for total off-site / off-organization, in case of a fire, major hack, or something else disastrous to other forms of storage.

Also, he fails to talk about using RAID10 or RAID5 on the main working disks, forgets to automate his backups, ect.

Good start though!

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Nikon D3 -- Incredible!

I just need to say it: The Nikon D3 Rules.

Seriously, it shocks me every time I take it out. With the 85mm f/1.4 the camera is simply unstoppable. Even without AF-S, the auto-focus nearly perfect and at f/1.4 the camera's ability to focus in near darkness is incredible.

Even the D2Xs, another stellar auto-focus performer can't keep up. Both camera's low-light auto-focus is greatly improved with the addition of an SB-800 providing auto-focus assistance beams. However, the D3's 51-point 3D tracking mode makes easy work of difficult auto-focus situations ... for example, dancers on a dark dance floor. Not easy to get sharp focus in those situations, but the D3 comes through like a champ!