Wedding Photographers: From A Seasoned Vet To Beginners and You

• Just about everyone now claims to be a photographer. Especially with the technology doing the work and software creating the results.
• With that said, this message is intended for both the beginner and customer.
• We have all heard the adage: “You get what you pay for.” But, when it comes to wedding photography, sometimes you don’t get what you pay for. Or, you don’t get enough of what you expect.
• Beginners tend to allow ego to get in the way of learning and development of (true) skills. When compliments stand in the way of practice, the next opportunity can be costly to both the client and the professional who didn’t get the job, because the beginner was cheaper.
• We all have to start somewhere and some, make that most professionals and more experienced photographers either took a class, attended a workshop or had a mentor. I did all three.
• This post comes with great respect for those who are sincere in their goal of becoming a professional, not just “someone with a camera that takes good pictures.” And even what is “good” is subjective. After all, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” right? so, a safe argument against such beholding, would be quality and value. A fortunate beginner who just so happens to get a job that is beyond their level of experience, may only provide a few quality images that you won’t have the privilege of previewing until it is too late.
• What most beginners and some unskilled veterans in wedding photography overlook, is the all important check-list of “photos to take.” The irony of this “list” is that when I got married, I had expectations of my photographer, being a photographer myself. I wasn’t concerned with what I was going to get (quantity or quality), but those all important “must have” shots, that if not captured at that moment, will never come again.
• That’s when insurance come into play. If you fail to provide those special moments that may never come again, you may find yourself in small claims court for those very reasons. And if you don’t have insurance, rightfully, a refund in whole or part, may be due to your clients, without regard to how much or little you were paid.
• In closing, I say this to the potential client: You (will sometimes) get what you (don’t) pay for (if at all), when you use an under-skilled or less knowledgeable photographer to entrust with those memories that should last forever.

k/d/ morris – photographer

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011



Compare a Digital 35mm to an Apple iPad3

As a photographer, who resisted the transition from film to digital technology, I had to first stop renouncing the existence of said technology and slowly let go of the past.

Even camera phones are producing similar quality images, even with the limitations of focus range and low lighting adjustments, color saturation (based on lighting), motion and action shots and the lack of aperture control that is available with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Phase One, Olympus and Minolta 35mm DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras with all the bells and whistles and interchangeable lenses and adapters.

There’s more to being a photographer, than having a bag full of lenses, batteries, SD or CF cards, cleaning kits (see earlier post with regards to having the proper tools), and spending thousands upon thousands of dollars and hours perfecting your craft. Some people luck up in the moment and capture outstanding images with cell phones and tablets. I have. The best camera in the world is the one in your hand – when the time comes.

Below, is a side by side comparison of a bouquet of flowers taken with a Canon 30D using 18-135mm lens (f/4.5; asa 1/80; iso: 400; focal length @ 19mm) and the other with my iPad 3 (f/2.4; asa 1/30; iso equivalent 80; focal length fixed 35mm). Note the vast differences in the range available to capture and produce in a “natural” light situation.

You will see clearly noticeable variations between the who mediums, but to the less discerning eye, “it’s a good shot.” Only the big differences are in the clarity, sharpness, quality and color saturation. Both images are unedited and have only been cropped to show an equal plane and image grid. Details of metadata provided by ExifWizard (app).

I invite you to perform your own, existing light comparisons and share them in this forum.

Thank you.

k/d/morris – photographer

Next Comparison: Bright Light and Textures


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We ARE Professionals….

Photographers & Videographers

WE, like Millions of others, are professionals. We HATE when so-called friends either want us to WORK for FREE or EXPECT a discount for our TIME (let us offer the discount or “sweeten the deal”), talent and service. You KNOW who you are. So, before you call a photographer or videographer, PRINT THIS OUT and post it on both your bathroom mirror and refrigerator door (two things you look in other than our lenses) READ it and be ready to PAY the quoted price.
• Or have a non profession with that NICE CAMERA that takes GOOD pictures waste time socializing and miss the important moments…etc.
• Not everyone with a camera IS a photographer. There IS a difference.
• Just because your neighbor has tools doesn’t make him a mechanic, carpenter or construction worker…he could be a HANDY MAN that has a bunch of junk in his garage.


k/d/morris – Photographer


The Art Of Teaching

Over the years, I have volunteered my time and patience to give free information to anyone who would listen when it comes to photography and cameras. Admittedly, I don’t know everything, but I know what I know and can at least point you in the right direction.

As an accomplished concert photographer, which is my forte, I have grown fond of teaching as much as shooting. There is a great deal to appreciate as I watch the growth of others, unselfishly, who in turn, publicly display moments of gratitude with a simple “Thank you.” followed by their reasons for such and my contributions towards their growth and achievements. Money can’t buy gratitude like that.

I have been motivated by other photographers How To…” tutorials on YouTube and the internet, which led me to do the same…for free. And, why not? I was taught for free, but I need to eat. Therefore, on occasion, I will charge for “private ” lessons – not much. Pricing is based on the clients availability and budget.

In closing, I am including a link to one of my “How To…” tutorials on YouTube. I am sure and aware that there are “other ways of achieving the same result…” but, this is the way tha I do it, and am sharing it – FOR FREE.


k/d/morris – photographer


A Picture is worth how much?

Sometimes, being away from home doesn’t mean that you want to BE AWAY from home. As a photographer and poet, I am accustomed to both working alone and being away from home, even when I don’t want to.
Well versed in standard and typical cliches, I challenge each of you to write in a thousands words or less, what feelings, if any, the following image invoke. Let’s see if a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Thank you

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011


“”Tis The Season To Be Smiling”

With proms and graduation season coming to an end, wedding and outdoor events will graciously trade places with them. As a photographer, photo-journalist, hobbyist or journeyman, our creativeness will be challenged by fashion selections, crowded environment and “armatures” getting in the way can lead to a frustrating experience.
My most frustrating moment when I repeatedly requested that the attendees stay to one side of the lighting and as fate would have it, one of them knocked my strobe down. Fortunately, the umbrella absorbed the shock and took a beating.
At that moment, remaining calm and professional was no longer an option. That actually ended the session.
What did I learn from that experience? Nothing new. But, it did serve as a reminder to only take assignments where I have more control over the space that I am assigned or designated to shoot.
I have had other moments over the years, but that was the most recent and I make it a point to protect my own investment at all times. Even my time is important to me and I won’t waste it on clients that want $1,000.00 worth of photos for $100.00, no matter what the season..
Please, share your “war” stories with us.

Thank youk/d/morris

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011



It’s a celebration

“Practice Pays Off”

As a group leader and founder of the Facebook and tangible photography group “Operation Give Back: Photography,” I am pleased to announce that one of the most dedicated, determined and gifted members has taken a leap of faith and it paid off.
Zamani Feelings, since joining the group and being one of the most active members, has proven to himself and the world that practice can pay off.
So, join me as I congratulate Zamani Feelings in obtaining his goal and reaching one of many objectives by becoming a staff photographer for a community newspaper in Philadelphia, PA.
He stated about a month ago that he wanted to be a photo journalist and rightfully so. It fits his style and brand of photography.
On behalf of the members of Operation Give Back: Photography, we salute Zamani Feelings.

k/d/morris – Founder

*This group is open to anyone who desires to grow and share their passion for photography…and it’s FREE.

Thank you

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011

“Accessories and necessities for photographers”

January 23, 2012

Digital photography gives users of all skill levels the ability to create great images. Whether you’re a dedicated amateur or a seasoned professional, there are a few basic photo accessories that you’ll need to get the perfect shot. Here are a few digital photo accessories to include in your camera bag.

Camera lenses: Digital SLR cameras are favored by professional photographers for their high-resolution and interchangeable lenses. You may even be able to use lenses from your old film camera if it’s made by the same manufacturer. Different camera lenses produce different effects. A telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens are good starting photo accessories to have.

Filters: In addition to lenses, camera lens filters are basic photo accessories for a serious photographer. Camera lens filters are slightly tinted. The effect of these photo accessories can change the mood or ambiance of a shot dramatically, filtering out glare and causing certain colors to stand out.

Camera batteries: Many point-and-shoot cameras use disposable batteries, although many digital cameras use lithium ion or another type of rechargeable battery. A spare set of camera batteries, disposable or otherwise, is a wise addition to your photo accessories list.

Memory cards: Memory cards are the photo accessories that have replaced film for your camera. A 5-megapixel digital photo file can take up over 1 MB of memory on your memory card. Very high-resolution (10-12 megapixels) digital pictures can be as large as 10 MB. This means you can store a few hundred pictures on a memory card. It’s always good to have extra cards, packed with your other photo accessories as a backup. Also, if your digital camera shoots video, you’ll be glad to have the extra memory.

Camera flashes and lighting: Most digital SLR cameras have built-in camera flash, but it may not be ideal in all shooting conditions. Photo accessories, like add-on flash units, provide more light and increased control. You can attach these lighting camera accessories to the camera body or use a wireless remote flash on a tripod.
Camera bags: The appropriate carrying case for your photo accessories will vary with your camera and other gear.

For point-and-shoot digital cameras, a snug-fitting camera bag may work fine. A compact, padded camera bag with adjustable compartments for lenses and other photo accessories will be ideal. A water-resistant camera accessories bag will help protect your gear from moisture and dust as well.
Camera tripods: A tripod will keep your camera steady during long exposure shots, which can be a challenge for a heavier DSLR camera with a lens attached. These photo accessories come in large, aluminum models and more portable tabletop models. Look for quick-release tripods and flexible-leg tripods that you can use anywhere.

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“Happy Snapping”

Thank you

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It’s harder to be trusted.’ – k/d/morris (poet) 2011