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Wedding Photography Services

c_blurmediaphotography_jp_danko_dwn_2040How much do you really know about the various wedding photography services? There are a lot of questions that should be answered by the individual photographer you hire, but more than likely you are going ask these questions to your friends with the expectation of them being answered correctly.

Although your friends mean well, they might be giving you information that is no longer true or information that was never true for a particular wedding photography studio. However, each photography studio and photographer have their own packages and included services.

In order for you to know exactly what is going to be included with your wedding photography services and what is not going to be included you need to talk to your photographer. He or she will be able to tell you about everything that is included with your package and what is going to cost you extra. However, it is possible that you can enter into negotiations with the photographer and modify the package to meet your needs.

Usually, if you are more interested in a particular number of photos but could do without another portion of your package the photographer will be able to make the necessary changes for you for free to little charge.

Of course, you are not going to be able to eliminate something fairly inexpensive and replace it with something that is much more expensive. The individual cost should be fairly close in order for the photographer to be able to make the modification possible for you.

In general, the amount of time the photographer spends on your wedding day is included as part of the wedding photography services. Typically, included in this price is also the negatives, travel expenses, a specific number of actual print photos and a photo album. With technology advancing as it is, many photographers are even offering to host the wedding photos online for a short period of time. This is generally also included in the package price.

You can use the internet and check out the website of the photographer to determine exactly what is included for each of the wedding photography services. Read all of the fine print on the website also and make note of anything and everything that you do not understand or have a question about. This way you know what to ask when you meet with the photographer.

Shopping For Wedding Photography Services

Are you wedding soon? Or are you involved in organizing a wedding that is coming soon? Well if you are, then one thing you need to keep in mind is that you will need a photographer for the event. This is something that many people involved in the organization of weddings tend to forget, till the very last moment. It is one of those things that someone in the wedding committee may remember vaguely, but then drive off their minds with the ‘self consolation’ that they will take care of them as the event draws near.

The truth of the matter is that wedding photography is a very integral part of the modern wedding ceremony. It is something you cannot afford to just wish away. For besides the wedding certificate (which is an important document, definitely not for public display), there is simply no other ‘evidence’ for the wedding that remains, except the wedding photos. Couples that get their wedding photography right go on to have nice looking shots, which they keep in their family albums for posterity, and some of which they actually get framed and display on their living rooms. On the other hand, couples who don’t get their wedding photography right end up with lots of regrets: because for most of us, we only get a single wedding in a lifetime.

To help people get their wedding photography right, a number of companies wholly in that line of business have come up. So it turns out that for the foresighted wedding organizers, an integral part of the wedding preparation process is that of shopping for wedding photography services.

Now as you go shopping for wedding photography services, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind.

One is that wedding photography is one of the areas where artistry really matters (if the couple is to end up with those ‘perfect’ shots), hence the need to go for providers who are not only commercially oriented, but also artistically inclined. It sounds hard, but it is actually quite easy to tell this by looking at a photographic service provider’s portfolio: the sample works that they provide to prospective buyers of their service. You should take care to evaluate how good your considered service providers are with both posed shots and candid shots, for some of the photos in a wedding ceremony will have to be taken on the move (candid).

Second is that that wedding photography is one of the areas where experience really matters. Granted, passion can really make up for things, but when all is said and done, you need someone who has taken photographs in a wedding ceremony, even if only as an apprentice. You need someone who can anticipate situations, so that they can be in a better position to take perfect shots of them.

Third is that in wedding photography, you mostly get what you pay for. You can get someone to do it cheaply, possibly even for free from their phone camera. But if you want professional results, you need to stretch yourself, and pay the rightful price.

How Digital Technologies Are Changing Filmmaking

Digital technologies are changing many things about our world and filmmaking is no exception. Even the term filmmaking is a misnomer in many cases, as some videos and movies are produced completely absent of the actual strips of film that characterized the industry for so long. While the implications of the switch are hated by some and loved by others, there is no debating the fact that there has been a major shift in the way that films are made and distributed.

Cost and Waste Considerations

In the past, light hit images and filtered through a camera to embed on the film within. Still frames compiled together to create the illusion of moving images. There was essentially no reusing the film, once it was shot it could either be used or not, but unused film was scrap. Unused film was a waste of money and actually created waste for the landfill. Digital filming makes it possible for scenes to be reshot and material to be scrapped with no actual waste. This is a benefit to the environment and the pocketbook.

Ease of Editing and Enhancement

Editing was a rigorous process at one point, with manual cutting and pasting of strips of film being necessary to achieve the desired outcome. A splicer and threading machine was created that quickened the process and made it cleaner. Digital innovations transformed editing at least as much as any other part of the filmmaking process. It is now very easy to add visual effects and to reorganize scenes or remove unwanted shots.

Distribution Reach and Convenience

Distributing films after they have been shot and edited is easier than ever now with digital filmmaking and the internet. YouTube especially has provided an outlet for aspiring amateur filmmakers, home video masters, and large studios alike. While most movies are still distributed through mediums like cinemas and televisions, YouTube provides a far-reaching avenue for garnering interest through the use of trailers and teasers. Uploading films and allowing consumers to access them online through streaming services is not unheard of, but will likely become even more widespread in the future.

Preservation of Recorded Material

Actual film versus digital video storage is completely different, but both have pros and cons. Film is flammable and volatile, so in spite of the fact that there is actually material that can be stored with images, that film may disintegrate over time or burn up. Digital recordings of film can be stored on a hard drives and company servers, which they can be easily backed up from. It is still important to ensure the quality of back-ups, however, as films can be lost to errors and downed systems.

Quality of Picture

The picture quality of traditional films versus digital films has been up for some debate in the past, but innovations have improved this front. The introduction of DSLR filmmakingwith high definition video came about in 2008 and changed many naysayers’ minds about digital. While some filmmakers like the sharpness and particular look of images filmed using traditional cameras, the many benefits of digital have really started to sway even the most die-hard proponents of older camera models.

If you are an amateur filmmaker that has primarily used traditional filming techniques in the past, this may be the right time to purchase new equipment and try your hand at digital filmmaking.

Digital Camera Accessory Tips

Now that you are the proud owner of that brand new digital camera, I bet you are looking for just the perfect digital camera accessory to go along with it. There are a multitude of accessories available, so read along and see what some of my recommendations are.

One of the first things I would personally recommend would be a UV filter. Not only will it help to block the UV light which can give your photographs a slightly blue tint, but perhaps more importantly, it will protect your expensive lens from becoming scratched. I don’t know about you, but I would certainly rather replace an inexpensive UV filter, than my expensive camera lens.

Another great digital camera accessory is most definitely an additional memory stick. There is nothing worse than being caught with a full memory stick when you are somewhere without your computer to download your digital photographs to. They come in many sizes from small, usually around 64MB or less, to very large 512MB or larger. For most of us, somewhere in the middle is fine. Price is usually the determining factor here, but sometimes the largest versions can tend to make even the best of us a bit lackadaisical about downloading our digital pictures to our computers. That’s a bad habit to get into. You don’t ever want to trust your priceless memories to just one storage medium. Back-up, Back-up, Back-up! I can’t say that enough.

A tripod is probably a more useful digital camera accessory than you might first think. You might be surprised how many times you find yourself in a situation where the level of light just isn’t high enough and a flash would ruin the shot. Probably even more likely is the number of times throughout your photographic journey you will want to take a group photo, and wouldn’t it be nice if you were in that photo? Well, with a tripod you can be. Almost every camera made these days has at least a basic delay function to allow you time to position yourself in the photo. You don’t necessarily even have to go in for the full size unit. There are a number of table top versions available that work perfectly for most occasions.

A final and absolutely necessary digital camera accessory would be a camera bag. Even if your new camera came with a small carry bag, you will probably soon find yourself in dire need of more space than the original one has. As you accumulate more digital camera accessories, you will need someplace to keep them. Batteries, a small battery charger, lens filters, additional memory sticks, the list goes on. You will definitely need plenty of pockets in your camera bag to hold all your new gear.

You have just embarked on a great new journey. Don’t be afraid to get that perfect, new digital camera accessory to top it all off with. And most of all have a great time enjoying your new hobby.