I have had this blog on my desk for a long time and haven’t had a chance to finish it but today as i finish editing up my cute little girls baptism and my upcoming wedding next weekend i was inspired to finish it .
As a photographer i know everyone learns and starts somewhere and i have always been open to having other photographer shadow me during shoots just as i did when i first started out so here is my way of thinking , i will also accredit a lot of my way of though to a large family background in business . on a business scale, you are correct in sifting the two Professional and Amateur photographer . But when you consider the artistic side of photography because lets be honest it is an art artform , I think the scale changes immensely.
The value of an image is always subjective, You make like my work and style or you may still think selective colour is really awesome . It is in the eye of the beholder. However, there are social collective levels of value — what is deemed “good” or “great” by the masses the reasons as to why a lot of photographers only book 2-3 months in advance .
In photography, it’s your ability to frame [a scene], to pose [people], to shape [light], to catch [an expression], to freeze [action], to encapsulate a valuable moment in life — that determines your place on the scale of greatness.
In this sense, there are no Pros and Amateurs (like in the business sense) — only the Able and Less Able (and the simply unable). What one can do with a paintbrush should not be solely valued on their ability to sell you on it, but should be valued for the beauty of what’s produced. Unfortunately, “unable” Weddings are FULL of crazy lighting challenges . Any amateur can take a great photo at 530 when the sun isn’t harsh and the lighting condition is ideal , But weddings dont work that way. Lighting a photo is key to successful photography and is a whole topic unto itself. As a professional photographer we are able to adjust camera settings quickly and fluidly based upon diverse or changing lighting conditions. We know how the camera interacts with light, and its the key to compensating for over- or underexposure, but sometimes photographers must rely upon their experience instead of the camera’s readings and not only that we have the camera equipment to tackle that dark reception or fully sun no shade ceremony .
And yes i have been told well everyone will have their phone and take photos and we can use those photos and save ourselves a little money ( and if you know me I’m always about spending my money wisely ) , But on a day where you have spent all this time planning, decorating and not to mention a lot of money do you really want your memories to be iPhone photos? that you most likely will never print .
IPHONE PHOTOS FROM GUEST With Black and white filter in low light
Sabrina Johnson Photography Shot Canon 5d miii 24-70 L Off camera flash to the front right .
Cell Phone shot from guest
Sabrina Johnson photography – Canon 5D Miii 24-70mm L with off camera flash behind bride and groom almost shot at the exact time as the guests shot above .