Feb 12 2009

The Art Of Digital Wedding Photography

Published by at 12:40 pm under General

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One of the most hotly debated topics among professional wedding photographers is whether digital wedding photography is as good as or better than traditional film. This is a natural debate as our world becomes more digitized. The majority of the population owns or has access to a digital camera and we enjoy the extra features and enhanced functionality that our personal digital cameras provide. When the time comes to decide on our wedding photography, it is only natural that we would consider digital wedding photography.

It is only recently that the quality of digital photographs has caught up to the quality of film. Earlier digital cameras had technological limitations that prevented the photos from looking truly lifelike. However, today’s digital cameras have broken through the technological barriers and now offer photographs that stand up well against film even in poster sized reproductions. Digital wedding photography has come into its own.

For many situations, digital cameras offer a number of significant advantages. A digital camera provides immediate feedback to the photographer. This enables him or her to risk tricky or difficult shots, knowing that if anything needs to be corrected it can be. This is especially important for photojournalistic wedding photography, in which many of the shots will be taken in ambient light conditions. A related benefit is the ability to take a greater number of shots. The photographer can shoot as many pictures as time and memory card will allow, without worrying about the cost of film.

Another major advantage of digital wedding photography is that all of the settings are internal. Rather than having to interrupt the proceedings to change film speeds or simply change out a film roll, the photographer can make changes quickly and easily.

Most couples today want their photos in a digital format as well as an album. While film photos can be scanned, moving digital photos around electronically is less labor intensive and therefore less expensive. In addition, digital photos can be easily manipulated if the couple wants copies of certain photos in black and white or sepia tones, for example.

The major drawback to digital wedding photography at this time is that many wedding photographers are not yet completely familiar with the new style. Digital photography is in many ways a completely different animal than film photography, and some very talented professional wedding photographers are simply not at their best with digital photography. When interviewing possible digital wedding photographers, be sure that you ask how long the photographer has been using this style. Also ask to see copies of both his film work and his digital work for comparison purposes.

Digital wedding photography is increasing in popularity. The medium has many distinct advantages over film photography. However, the medium that you choose will be determined by many factors, including your personal comfort, the comfort of your photographer, and the style of your wedding. Look at examples of both digital wedding photography and film photography and decide which is right for you.

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