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Why We Chose Our Cameras

Hello, friends! We are so happy you’re joining us, because today’s post marks our first official entry in the “For Photographers” series we introduced recently. As we mentioned, we’ve gained so much of our knowledge by reading and following along with some of our favorite photographers from all over the country, and we want to leverage that knowledge along with some tips and tricks we’ve learned ourself over the past year. So, let’s get started, shall we?!

We’ll begin by giving a rundown on the equipment we use and love. First, we’re going to talk about our cameras, why we love them, and some things to consider when choosing a camera for wedding photography. We are Nikon shooters, and speak fluent Nikonese. Why do we shoot Nikon? An easy answer would be that our first camera was a Nikon, so we’re just familiar with how Nikon does things. We also did a LOT of researching, and found that while Canon has some great gear, we felt that Nikon is slightly ahead of the game at this point as far as low light capability and fast focusing are concerned.

We each shoot with a Nikon D750. We fell in love with this camera before we even ordered it. Before making any purchase, we like to really research the gear we’re looking at. We read dozens of reviews and view dozens of images taken with the equipment in the same way that we would use it. We were sold once the first few reviews of the D750 came out. Our priorities for a camera are a wide dynamic range (the amount of data the camera can capture between the whitest white and the blackest black), superior low light performance (for when we shoot in dark churches) and fast focusing (so we don’t miss aunt Sally busting a move on the dance floor). We also know the importance of backing up photos, and the D750 has two SD card slots, allowing us to write to both cards simultaneously in case one card fails. Our goal on a wedding day is to provide a stress-free, natural, and joyful experience for our couples, and we feel like if we were missing great candid moments because our gear couldn’t keep up with the environment, we would be doing a disservice to our brides and grooms.

If you are a wedding photographer, you know how much is at stake on the wedding day. This is your couple’s biggest day of their lives, and it’s up to YOU to give them a beautiful representation to look back on forever. No pressure, right?! So, if you’re in the market for a new camera, really make an “absolute must have” features list. You might not get every feature you want for the price you’re working with, so prioritize that list and use your best judgement.

If you have any questions about what to look for in a camera, we’d love to hear from you! Just drop us a line in the comment section below. Happy shopping!

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    April 20th, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    […] your eyes get used to the light and adjust so that you can see your surroundings appropriately. Our camera’s ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800, where 100 is ideal for bright situations, and 12,800 is appropriate […]

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