First things first…………….. It is possible to earn money as a photographer with any camera, and over the years I have managed to make money with photos I have taken with a cheap point and shoot camera, a high end compact, a mirrorless CSC and a digital slr. I have owned, and still own, many different types of camera and manged to earn some pennies with each and every one of them (and still do to this day).
Whilst I make money with the photos from my point and shoot and top end compact cameras I have to say that I don’t make that much from them, and over ninety percent of income comes from photos captured with my digital slr. The photos taken with my lower end cameras are used in print on demand stores only, and I would never use anything other than a professional spec digital slr camera for a paid photoshoot.
Whilst at a recent wedding I was stunned to see the photographer using a consumer level digital slr camera. Okay, the image quality from the low end dslr cameras is okay however it is not professional standard and definitely not up to shooting a wedding with. The wedding photographer used to shoot the wedding was recommended to the bride by a close friend, and she wasn’t cheap.
To people who aren’t that clued up about photography a digital slr looks like a professional camera, and this applies to all dslr cameras. Yep, you can fool the non-photography enthusiasts but not the photography enthusiasts present, so when the professional wedding photographer was shooting the wedding with basic gear a few eye-brows raised, and quite rightly so.
The wedding photographer was using an old Canon 450d and standard Canon lenses, which in my opinion is not professional wedding equipment. The Canon 450d (long discontinued) is a great little dslr camera and I have personal experience of this camera since it I bought one of these as my first ever dslr camera. The image quality is good but not good enough for wedding photos.
I was also stunned by the lens choices. Canon lenses are good, I don’t dispute that, but if you want to capture the best photos you need to use a top end lens, such as a Canon L series lens. Since I first started out I now only use Canon L series lenses and, in my opinion, if you are a professional photographer shooting a Canon you should too. Canon’s non-L series lenses simply don’t cut the mustard for commercial photography.
Now then wedding photographers have certain responsibilities and I have to say that the wedding photographer I stumbled across should be ashamed. She is (supposedly) a professional photographer earning a living by charging people a lot of money producing sub-standard wedding photos. And yes, I have seen the wedding photos and I have to say that I am not impressed, and I feel so sorry for the happy couple. The photos lacked quality, the photos lacked originality and they lacked thought. Every bride and groom deserves the best photos of their wedding day, after all it they only get one go at it, so to use a professional photographer who clearly doesn’t give two hoots must be soul destroying and heart breaking.
I usually take my camera to weddings however my wife specifically asked me not to for this wedding because “the bride had everything in hand with a decent photographer” and my wife wanted me without my camera for a change. The one time I don’t have my camera (and not even in my car) and this happens.
So what’s the moral of the story? That’s easy check out the wedding photographers portfolio of previous photos and enquire as to the gear they use (even if you don’t know anything about photography equipment you can always Google it when you get home and have a look to make sure it is equipment a professional photographer would actually use).
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