I Don’t Understand Why Photographers Want To Limit Themselves

I know a lot of the other photographers in the area. I’ve met them at bridal shows, photographer meetings, and other ways. I’ve never been much of a talker so I listen a lot and I’m surprised at how anti they are to some photography equipment and options. I’m not sure why a photographer would want to limit themselves, at least that’s how I see it. I know now your like, “What is she talking about?” so let me explain.

Lets start with tripods and monopods. I use tripods and monopods a lot, but I’ve heard other photographers say how they hate them and would never use one. When I hear this I raise my eyebrow in confusion but stay silent. No need to stir the beehive. At weddings I use tripods all the time. I like to try to keep my iso to no higher than 400 as much as possible, especially with the posed family shots. So I put my camera on a tripod and use a slower shutter speed with my flash color gelled to match the location lighting and on a light stand. If other photographers aren’t using a tripod I wonder how they are showing the backgrounds of dark churches? I guess they could bump their iso up to 1600, 3200, even 6400, but I’ve found when your album designing and you have to crop in close to something, that those high iso numbers introduce a lot of grain I don’t want. I use a tripod during the ceremony when I’m not allowed to use flash (some churches restrict flash use). Again for the same reason as above, I don’t want to use high iso numbers, plus the images are so much clearer when you shoot them on a tripod.

The image above was shot in a very, very dark castle with only one flash on a light stand at a slow shutter speed, 1/15 I think. If I had hand-held this the stairs would have been dark or I would have had to use iso 3200 making it grainy. I shot this at iso 400 making so I can crop all the way to her face with no quality loss.

I’ve also heard photographers say they hate using brackets. For those who don’t know what a bracket is, it’s a device that holds your camera and flash and makes it so you can always position your flash on top of your camera even when you are shooting vertical. Here’s a picture of one.

I love my strobo frame. I love that I can flip my flash to the top in a second. I’ve shot with my flash mounted directly into the hotshoe of my camera before and when I turn the camera vertical I get an ugly side shadow that I don’t want. I’ve tried bouncing the flash from ceilings and walls to eliminate the side shadow and sometimes it works, but having the flash directly above the camera while shooting vertical works even better. Maybe the photographers shooting vertical directly in their camera hotshoes know a secret I don’t to eliminate the side shadow. Please feel free to leave a comment about it if you do. I’d love to try your technique out, but until then I’ll stick with my strobo frame.

I recently read a thread on facebook between some photographers who said they hated a bunch of different types of special effects like white vignettes, black and white with color, faded look, and overlays etc. I guess that’s why the brides are coming to me because I do all of those effects and more. You might think a white vignette is old and outdated, but a brides mom who had an image like that of herself loves to have one of her daughter too. If a photographer chooses not to do those effects, that’s fine, but I think you are missing out on some sales you could be making. Why limit your potential. Just about every couple and their parents I meet with love vignette shots and selective color shots. Remember, it’s not about what the photographer likes. It’s about what your client likes.

That’s my two cents on the matter. I feel every time I hear a photographer say they don’t like to use something or do something they are limiting their photography world and potential sales they could be making.

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