I spend a fair bit of time going through wedding blogs, to see what's happening, what type of photo's people are doing, idea's etc so I was really interested when I read on the English Wedding Blog, 5 technical questions to ask your wedding photographer, and 1 not to. As I read through I thought it would be good if I answered them here, so here goes.
1. Are all of the images on your website taken at actual weddings?
Okay so to this I would say mostly. There are three photo's on the Wedding gallery that were taken during a course I went on and were posed by models. Apart from that, all the others were taken at Weddings I have photographed. While I only put a selection on, I would be happy to show clients my full galleries.
2. What is your backup plan, should your camera break?
I shoot with Canon gear which I have found really reliable, as is most of todays camera's, however I always have a spare camera body with me should the worst happen. I also have several lenses, and while they are all used for different things, they can be utilised if necessary. My current camera's, I have two Canon EOS 5d Mk3's has two memory card slots so the digital images are always recorded to both cards at the same time, incase one should fail. Also I carry several more cards with me as well as spare batteries. Gear can fail, of course, but I take every step I can to ensure I can complete the day.
3. How will you store my images, how are they backed up?
As soon as I can after leaving the Wedding I will download the images to my computer so I have them on my hard drive and two memory cards. I will keep the images on the memory cards until I need the cards again, so the images will stay on those cards for a time. Once on my hard drive, I will copy them to an external drive as a back up. I also back up to a cloud service which at the moment is constantly running. Once edited I will deliver the selected images to the client on an online gallery which retains them for 12 months and I will also copy the images onto a USB stick for the client. Having done all that, I will also advise clients to make their own back up.
4. How will I get my final images and what rights do I have to them?
Like I said I will upload the final edited images to an online gallery and supply them on a USB stick. As the photographer I will always retain the copyright to them so I can use them for my business such as Social Media, advertising, etc but the client will have full licence to print and share the images with family and friends. I am, of course, sensitive to the needs of clients and not everyone wants their wedding photo's shared on Social Media or portfolio's so I am happy to discuss individual concerns and I would never insist that I use the images against a clients wishes.
5. What type of editing do you do with the photo's?
The images I capture are called Raw images which means they contain all the data captured by the camera's sensor, as opposed to JPEG images which have been altered in some way in the camera. I use Adobe Lightroom mainly to edit the images and I will adjust things like colour, exposure, white balance, sharpness to improve the image. I will also use other techniques to enhance a photo in a particular style, such as monochrome or adding a vignette ( a darkening around the edge to emphasise part of a photo). Most photographers develop their own style over time. I will occasionally use Photoshop if I need something outside the scope of Lightroom.
And what not to ask?
6. Are you a member of any professional organisations?
I think this was included because, while there are some excellent organisations, there are probably some that just ask you for a yearly subscription meaning anyone can join and this is not really a representation of how good a photographer you are. I am not a member of any organisation, I have no problem saying that, and I believe that the work you produce will speak volumes about you.
These weren't my question, just something I read about but I thought they were really relevant and not always something clients might think about so I am happy to share my take on them.