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Here is an example of what our equipment can do: up to 10 frames per second with sustained focus capability that is exclusive to the Sony SLT cameras that we use. This allows us to see every image that we take in the electronic viewfinder as we are taking them. This is one of our many edges over our competition: The ability to capture that one right moment. That one rare, shy smile between the blinks of an eye. That one gesture that is gone and can never quite be duplicated. That one perfect moment during the first kiss of a man and wife.
2. Professional Equipment
More important than the equipment the photographer uses is the photographer themselves. Our skilled photographers know both the technical aspect and artistic aspect of photography, to take the equipment to it's fullest potential.
Whenever you book a photo session with us you are booking at least two individuals. In addition to a primary photographer there is a second person who is devoted to making the photo session as fluid and fruitful as possible, whether that person records video, acts as a secondary photographer, is devoted to dynamic lighting, or performs light touch-ups with makeup or hair. We cover all of your needs when many of our competitors can't.
Ten Frame-Per-Second Cameras
1. Professional Image Editing
3. Professional Experience
We spend a tremendous amount of time making sure every photograph looks great, and we specialize in getting photographs to look like they did in real life, with all of the color and detail that was present when the images were shot.
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When we shoot weddings we shoot in bursts very often, capturing more rare moments and having much higher chances of perfectly clear, sharp photographs. We take on average 7,000 photographs for a wedding and give our clients usually anywhere from 600 to 1,200 images. And that's not our only advantage that gives us better more professional results.
70 image example:
Here is an example of a first kiss and the moments after taken with the burst mode of our cameras: This is a 8 FPS burst. Of course, many of the images are very similar so only the best images are given to the client.
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Our cameras not only take beautiful images, they also specialize in maintaining autofocus and tracking moving subjects throughout fast bursts with technology exclusive to Sony Cameras.
Advantages our camera system has over others:
1. Hybrid translucent mirror technology allows for full time phase detection autofocus, never having to use slower contrast detection autofocus other cameras have to use in LiveView.
2. Full time phase detection autofocus allows for using LCD with no penalty to autofocus even in the lowest light, and shows the same image and information on the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). Unlike other systems where the viewfinder goes black when a picture is exposed and you don't know what you've taken, the viewfinder actually shows the image you take.
3. You see your exposure end result on screen and in the viewfinder for a truly WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) shooting experience with no guess work; you get a live view of what your end exposure result will be on screen with your current setting selection with NO METERING NECESSARY.
4. WYSIWYG experience allows for perfectly bright exposures without clipping whites and less noise in shadows, allowing for good quality at high ISOs and a much greater quality product without clipping highlights. (WYSIWYG helps tremendously with our HDR image editing by helping us achieve the perfect exposure to maximize available dynamic range when taking images for greater highlight and shadow recovery later).
5. All lenses are image stabilized with on camera image stabilization, allowing for lower shutter speeds (effectively more light).
6. Translucent mirror allows for high speed bursts and continuous autofocus during bursts, allowing for a much higher chance of capturing those perfect moments sharply. In addition, during a burst the focus will change to different points of a subject allowing the photographer to choose the sharpest image in post processing.
7. EVF allows for reviewing photos when the LCD is otherwise not visible in broad sunlight, we simply look through our viewfinder to review our images with amazing clarity.
8. Better flash feedback: In addition to seeing the ambient exposure in the viewfinder, after you take images during burst mode or single shot mode the images display on screen and in viewfinder for a split second. This allows for us to see the brightness of the flash LIVE as we take images, showing exactly how we are mixing ambient light and flash. This gives us instant feedback on flash brightness that can be changed mid burst to give perfect flash exposures and overall better quality product with proper exposures and less noise and less blowing out or clipping of whites.
9. Bursting in low light allows for use of shutter speeds otherwise not feasible with other cameras by catching movement at it's apex, for impressively clear, perfect moments with no motion blur.
10. Illuminated LCD/Viewfinder allows for greater visibility in low light of your subjects than possible with traditional viewfinders, allowing for better compositions when using flash in low light.
Note: We use Full-Frame and APS-C cameras. Full frame sensors are somewhat better with bokeh (blurred backgrounds) and noise but our APS-C sensor cameras handle light amazingly well even at 6400 ISO.
11. APS-C cameras allows for sharper images with greater depth of field and thus clearer images than full frame cameras at the same composition and aperture selection. We can use full-frame cameras when greater depth of field is required.
12. Use of APS-C cameras allow for more camera bodies and lenses to be on the photographer at a time due to smaller, lighter construction, giving the photographer more tools for the job. Chris typically uses three to four cameras at a time with a range of lenses on him, allowing him to get close up shots and wide angle shots quickly where other photographers could not. The use of multiple cameras also allows far more shots to be taken to increase chances of catching split second smiles and amazing party moments. The end result: More pictures to choose from at any given angle/composition, and more angles/compositions to choose from.
13. Manual focus peaking in LCD and Viewfinder allows for catching the best possible focus in challenging focus conditions.
14. We use high power flashes with batteries that recharge the flashes about ten times faster than normal, allowing for better low light shots with bouncing flash off of surfaces instead of directly on to the subjects.
15. Custom brackets allow for more than one flash at a time, doubling flash power, allowing for bouncing light when other photographers could not due to single flash setups and low recharge times.
16. With multiple cameras using wireless triggers to fire elevated on camera flash as well as off camera flash, any camera on the photographer can fire the flashes without messing around with swapping TTL cables - There are no TTL cables - the photographer can switch bodies quickly to a wide angle lens for example and capture the shot quickly with the same flash power available to the other cameras without changing settings, switches, or cables.
17. Tilted LCD and in camera level allow for holding camera high overhead and maintaining good composition.
Full frame lenses such as 28-75 2.8 IS, 50mm 1.4 IS, 70-200 2.8 IS, 85mm 1.4, Proper lens selections for APS-C including the amazing 18-35mm 1.8 IS, and many more lenses: ultra wide 11-16mm 2.8 IS, wide range 17-50mm 2.8 IS, and 70-200 2.8 IS lenses and varius prime lenses such as 35mm 1.8 IS, 50mm 1.4 IS, 85mm 1.4, with wide apertures for greater bokeh/background blur when desired and amazing low light performance, especially coupled with cameras with usable exposures up to 6400 ISO in APS-C and 12,800 in Full frame. *Image Stabilization (IS) on camera
A snippet from our Frequently Asked Questions sheet we give to all of our clients:
1. What is the biggest difference between us and other photography businesses?
• No Travel fees unless otherwise specified or if you request two vehicles (i.e. for prep photos)
• No markup on prints through your on-line gallery. We will keep markups as low as possible, they have been 0% for six years! Gallery is guaranteed to be up for one year but has no set expiration date and could remain up indefinitely or until SmugMug changes their hosting policies.
• It's an all day package, unless otherwise specified, so you don't get charged for extra hours.
• We are also the only photographers that show you entire weddings on our website, how we take images, and how we edit images, so you know what you are getting with us.
2. One of the differences between us and other photographers is that we shoot in burst mode very often. Why do we shoot in burst mode?
• Several images taken in a moment raises the chances of capturing amazing split second moments where everything is just right.
• Better facial expressions are captured because displeasing images can be left out in favor of images with better smiles, no blinking, and fewer awkward expressions.
• Most photographers “get the shot” and then stop shooting. We get amazing images because we keep shooting and shooting and get even better and better shots.
Some photographers wait for that one moment and shoot one image. We wait for perfect moments as well, but we take several images in the moment, raising the chances of having amazing images that turn out perfectly. Facial expressions change in an instant. If someone blinks, bites their lip, or makes an awkward expression split second we will have other images a split second later or before. We get more “keepers” and more split second amazing moments shooting in burst.
3. Why can't other photographers shoot in burst as successfully as you can?
Unlike traditional DSLR cameras, our cameras have special technology that allows us to see the image (ambient light) we are about to get in the viewfinder before we take the shot, and then we see the image we just shot in the viewfinder after we took it (the ambient exposure plus the light from our flash if we're using flash). We can even review the image in the viewfinder and zoom in to check finer details without ever taking the camera away from our eyes. With traditional DSLRs other photographer's can't see the image they are about to get, and their viewfinders will go black with every shot taken. They can't see the images they are taking during a burst unless they stop shooting, take the camera away from their heads, press review, and review the images, which could cause them to miss moments while they are trying to make sure their camera settings were correct. With our cameras if the light suddenly changes we can see and correct our settings from it live, even mid-burst.
To see more of our frequently asked questions, please contact us for a quote!