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The Beauty of Wedding Photography on Film | Kingston, Saugerties, Woodstock, Albany, Saratoga and Pougkeepsie Wedding Photographer Aperture Photography

I recently added a Contax 645 medium format film camera to my family of Canon digitals and I am in love. I have shot with film for the first 10 + years and love the look. The film that Kodak and Fuji has now is so wonderful.  The skin tones are simply wonderful.  People look flawless.  Some films are designed to do just that. Other scenes have a dream like quality. I love with the process of shooting film. It makes you slow down and really think about each frame you shoot. And something about that feels so artful. I missed shooting film and the soft pastel colors and wonderful skin tones it brings. It bring a that joy and excitement back.   I’m also learning to be patient. Digital is all about instant gratification. I can view it immediately; download my cards as soon as I get home, upload files asap. Film is a bit of a waiting game and I’m trying to be a bit more zen about the process. Because in reality, a week and a half after I’d sent my film to the lab I don’t even remember what’s on it. Getting those images back will be like a little surprise.  The beauty is priceless.

There is a big demand for film Wedding Photography in the NYC, Kingston Woodstock, and Saugerties, NY area.  It seems that anyone who is in the arts loves the skin tones and subtle details.

I have a big advantage in that I know how to shoot film and live in an area with many people who are actors and artists.  They insist that a lot of their work is done on film.  Although it cost a bit more it is worth it.

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Taken in Albany, NY at night without flash

Taking on the challenges of shooting Weddings in the Upstate, NY and the Hudson Valley is quite challenging. The weather and venues is so unpredictable and you must be ready for anything.  Aperture Photography shoots wedding from Sunny golf courses to the darkest Gothic churches in the world.  many times flash is not allowed.  We must be ready, I love 11 North Pearl Street a wonderful old bank.  It has so much atmosphere and is dimly lit as it should be.  Excessive use of flash would only ruin the mood.  So Aperture Photography has made sure we can capture all the beauty and originality of the unique venue.  Below is a camera labs article I found quite interesting.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III thoughts...

The EOS 5D Mark III makes a raft of improvements to the best-selling 5D Mark II to become one of the most complete and well-balanced DSLRs around. The earlier 5D Mark II - not to mention the original 5D Mark I - were all about their big full-frame sensors, often at the cost of other features. This is what you were paying for and many other specifications from continuous shooting to autofocus were actually fairly modest; many owners were also disappointed to find the build and weather sealing were not as good as the price tag may have implied.

The EOS 5D Mark III addresses these criticisms, upgrading the continuous shooting, metering, viewfinder, bracketing, build and most of all the autofocus system. The screen is also bigger and wider, there's now twin memory card slots, and a number of small but useful improvements to the movie capabilities. Put together they add up to a powerful all-round DSLR.

Any yet, where is the killer feature on the Mark III? The major headline grabber? The specification to drive sales and envy from rivals? The sensor resolution and movie frame rates are essentially unchanged. There's still no built-in wireless (be it GPS or Wifi), no 1080/60p video, nor an articulated screen or clean HDMI output. The burst shooting is quicker and the build tougher, but it's no pro sports camera. There's still no built-in flash, which also means no built-in wireless flash control and no continuous AF for movies either. Arguably the most significant upgrade is the autofocus, but while inheriting the state-of-the-art 61-point AF system of the flagship 1D X is a very welcome move, is it really the feature we're supposed to be most excited about? Indeed it's also testament to the power of drip-feeding new features that one of the things I'm most impressed with is the chance to finally bracket more than three frames.

The EOS 5D Mark III is the camera the 5D Mark II really deserved to be. Sure it's still a full-frame camera with 1080p video, but one that's now backed-up by very respectable AF, continuous shooting, composition, bracketing and the promise of superior build. By addressing criticisms of the Mark II, Canon has produced a much more rounded DSLR that feels capable of handling most situations with confidence.

What Makes a Great Photograph? 10 Factors…

Aperture Photography at the Mohonk Mountain House Photographs are a universal language that like any language, communicate to the recipient a message. Like any spoken language there are certain elements that are required to communicate what the speaker, writer or in this case the photographer, is trying to say. And like any language, the photographer, professional or amateur, must learn the language before they can speak it.

Having a nice camera without the proper knowledge of photography is no different than an illiterate having a nice pen (or today, a computer) and trying to write something meaningful. Such is the nature of many wedding photographers practicing today, given the availability of inexpensive digital cameras, websites and online advertising.

Having learned the language of photography over many years I have had success in competing in state and national professional photography competitions sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and have even had the honor of judging these competitions on the state level. As a judge, we must be able to explain and justify the scores that we give to the works of the competitors, who can be both fledgling and experienced pros.

To analyze an image, we break it down to several accepted elements necessary for it to communicate its message effectively. Anyone, amateur or professional, who understands and applies these concepts, can become a much better photographer. And, I believe that if engaged couples can understand even a little about photography, they can make a better educated decision about who to choose to preserve their wedding day.

There are more, but these are the key factors in judging photographs. Any photograph ever made can be analyzed and critiqued using the following criteria…

1- IMPACT…the sense one gets when viewing the image for the first time. Compelling images can evoke the emotion desired by the photographer. 2- CREATIVITY…is the image original and fresh? Does it express the imagination of the creator to convey an idea? 3- TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE…is the quality of the image–sharpness, exposure, color harmony presented properly? 4- COMPOSITION…the proper placement of the subject matter–are the elements in the photo “balanced”, for a pleasing effect? 5- LIGHTING…is it controlled and utilized properly and does it enhance or detract from the image. Proper utilization of lighting whether man-made or natural can enhance an image and create depth and a more 3-dimensional effect. 6- CENTER OF INTEREST…the point in the photo that gets the viewer’s attention. There can be more than one, but the eye is drawn to that position in the photo. Where it is placed will draw the eye to that location and its position will assist in the overall composition. 7- SUBJECT MATTER… should always be appropriate to the story being told. 8- COLOR BALANCE…provides harmony to the image when different tones work together to support the image. 9- TECHNIQUE…the process used to create the image. From straight camera capture with no manipulation to heavily enhanced images using advanced digital techniques, the proper (not excessive) use of technology can created terrific images. 10- STORY TELLING…using the above factors, is the photograph effective in telling a story?

Nonetheless, the photograph, if it is still called a photograph, must still adhere to the above principles to be effective in communicating what the photographer or artist is trying to say. The language of photography has not gotten more complex, just the tools available to convey the message has.


This is an excerpt from a Master Photographer Philip Kent of Northern Virginia.

Documentary Wedding Photography | Aperture Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

The results of this documentary photography; a beauty and integrity that is timeless and priceless to this day. Wedding photojournalism takes the same skills and philosophy and applies it to today. This is in contrast to the traditional style of photography I was bought up on and trained under. Rather than organizing people and fabricating situations the wedding photojournalist relies upon his skills to capture the moments that go unnoticed in an unobtrusive manner. The ability to see events and stories unfolding and capture those events in a unobtrusive manner come together to form a series of images that reveal seemingly simple yet complex images.

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