3 Reasons Why We Shoot Weddings with Dslr Cameras

There is a myth that goes back farther than I've been alive that bigger is better, more expensive, and higher quality.  

Nothing could be further from the truth.  

Not to say there isn't good equipment thats big but from our cell phones to personal computers everything is getting more compact AND more powerful. 

 

Same with digital cameras. Something that used to only take photographs now shoots video at qualities only the biggest budgets could afford. And let's be honest, unless your universal studios, it didn't look that great. 

 

3 Reasons we shoot with dslrs 

1). Bigger sensors = shallow depth of field

Simply said, very little is in focus. This is most useful on close-ups and it keeps us looking at what's most important in the image which is what's in focus.  This approach is very cinematic. 

The details are the emphasis of this shot. The bride on the background keeps the image interesting.  

The details are the emphasis of this shot. The bride on the background keeps the image interesting.  

2).  Removable lenses. 

Cinematographers for major motion picture know that picking the right lens for the right moment changes the dynamic of a shot.  It can help or hinder telling the story.

Picking a wide-angle lens gives more space in a shot. This can make a small space seem bigger or just show more of a scene such as a large ballroom or huge landscape for couple shots for a wedding.  Tight lenses help us focus on specific items whether it be a wedding ring, face, or invitations.  Choosing the right lens is very important to telling your story in a interesting way! 

Example of a wider-angle lens of the groom getting ready. Shows off the setting.  

Example of a wider-angle lens of the groom getting ready. Shows off the setting.  

3).  Smooth cinematic images. 

When I first sat down to figure out what kind of images we were looking for one major difference between camcorders and the dslrs was the difference in sharpness. Although the camcorders seemed sharper, they gave it a "video" look similar to what you get with a "home" movie. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but We wanted the images to be more cinematic like the major motion pictures.  We noticed that with our cameras though the images were sharp, they were not harsh. We calibrated our camera settings and post-production to create what we believe is an amazing looking image. 

 

 

Sharp but not harsh!  

Sharp but not harsh!  

  Be sure to check our films on the website. Although we shoot wedding films here in sunny Arizona, we are always looking for an opportunity to do destination weddings as well!  

 Thank you for reading!

-Steven