For whom know nothing about photo shooting, or video filming, might be like headless flies while looking for your wedding photographers and cinematographers. In the way, as a professional wedding photo and video studio in Toronto, A.Vision Studios would like to tell you all the secret that you need to know about your photographers and cinematographers before your big day.
- Are you using a full-frame sensor camera?
What is a full-frame sensor camera? Educationally, a full-frame sensor camera is equal to a 35mm sized film, which is the largest sensor you can find in market, without upgrading to professional gear. It could be found using by high-end professional photographers. General speaking, the full-frame sensor camera looks bulky and feels heavy. Large sensors impact huge differences in photos. The full-frame sensor camera can produce the best photo quality, with high pixels, and clear resolution. For example, in low or nature light which has to use high ISO, with a full-frame sensor camera, the photos would come out with less noise. From another point of view, the photos from full-frame sensor camera gets better results when cropping photos.
- Are you using fixed focus lens?
There is big difference between zoom lens and fixed focus lens. It is easy to find out that fix focus lens is always more expensive than zoom lens, even a zoom lens can shoot in various focal lengths. A fix focus lens has wide aperture, good light gathering, and true depth of field and focus. It produces better quality of photos than a zoom lens. In addition, with different zoom lens of different focal lengths, can get different effect of a photo. Thus, photographer changes lens depending on the circumstances, to get the best results.
- Do you calibrate your monitor regularly?
To calibrate monitor is a step that each professional photographer must do. Only with the correct mid-tones, highlight and shadow detail, and colors and shades, a photographer can get accurate photographic prints. If a photographer’s monitor is not producing shades and colors correctly, all the other steps of image editing is a waste of time.
- What format of a photograph do you print with?
The photo format people usually see is called jpeg, which is joint photographic experts group. It is a small photo format, that we usually use for web site photos, email photos, and iPhone photos. However, the jpeg format is far from a professional photo printing level, which would lose the details in your pictures.
The format that professional photographer used for printing is called TIFF (Tag Image File Format). TIFF is a professional and big photo format, usually used for photo printing, scanner image, and advertisement.
- What video camera are you using?
Asking your cinematographer that what video camera do they use, is asking that what frame rate the video camera can achieve. The frame rate is also known as frame frequency, which is the rate at which video camera shows consecutive pictures, called frames. The frame rate is expressed in FPS, which is the frames per second. Popular said, the higher FPS gets the more consecutive video, and slow-motion is the best test method of FPS.
- Do you use slider? Do you use rolling shutter?
Probably you are unfamiliar about a camera slider or a rolling shutter. A camera slider is a set of bracketed tracks, which is mounted to a camera tripod while doing video shooting. A professional cinematographer use a slider to produce smooth but stable moving images. A rolling shutter is used to capture the still image, and it looks like small cage for video camera.
To use a slider and a rolling shutter is definitely important for video shooting, especially for special effect such as slow motion.