Details. The devil is in the details as the saying goes. When it comes to wedding photography in the modern age, it sometimes seems as if the big Wedding Blogs are only concerned with endless detail shots from one fantastic DIY wedding or another. And yet, detail shots can be fun and an oasis of calm in a hectic wedding day. Place settings don’t move. Mason jars filled with wildflowers don’t fret about what is their best side. And wedding cakes can be magical constructions that beg to be photographed.
However, it is easy to become complacent about capturing these things, when today’s professional cameras and lenses make taking pictures in the worst light and settings fairly simple. What would I do if I did not have all my equipment? What if all my money was tied up in bakery and cake decorating materials, and I only had a simple compact camera – or just my camera phone? Getting marketable images of my cake creations to show prospective clients could be a very real challenge. But, a challenge can be a good thing though.
· Shutter – how long the shutter remains open when you push the button
· Aperture – how large the opening in the lens is when you push the button
o A larger opening means more light, but the area of focus is more ‘narrow’. This is what causes those pictures where only a small area of the image is in focus, and everything else is a nice blur. *The problem here is that these kinds of lenses are extremely expensive. Most compact cameras will not have the kind of settings that will create this effect. Sorry, that is one of the largest limitations of these kinds of cameras.
Thanks, Bob! I'll bother you again the next time I have a question about how to get a photo of a cake when they set it up right next to the fire exit and you have all thoe red exit signs in the background...