(Closed) Photographer and camera question – am I the problem?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9096 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Picture quality is what’s important to me. My dad is a huge camera snob but even he agrees that if you can produce something that is a quality I want, it doesn’t really matter what your gear is.

Post # 3
4823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

finallybride:   Is she a professional wedding photographer with much experience?  I am a bit surprised a wedding photographer wouldn’t invest in better equipment, but who knows, she may be able to make it happen with non-pro equipment.

As for your question, no, I would not hire a photographer with middle of the road equipment.  I expect technical excellence and a high degree of artistic ability.  That is, after all, what I am paying for.  

Post # 5
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I never even asked my photographer what kind of camera they used.  I just found someone who took great photos, the skill lies in the photographer more than the equipment. 

Especially now-a-days with digital, so much can be done after the picture itself is taken, if you like her work what else is there to worry about? 

Post # 6
11612 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have worked with A-list photographers for international magazine shoots. Some of them use super outdated equipment. They love something about it. 

IMO, the only thing that matters is the quality of her pictures. Her competence and her artistic eye. How she achieves that isn’t really your problem. 


Post # 7
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I am a photographer and I’ve seen guests at weddings with better and newer camera bodies than I have, that doesn’t mean they will take better photos. With that said I don’t think I would feel comfortable hiring someone with an entry level camera because I would worry that they wouldn’t be able to perform as well in low light conditions, but even in that case perhaps they use off camera lighting and great lenses. 

People have been taking amazing photographs for hundreds of years, without the technology we have today. Too many people today rely too heavily on equipment without the skill behind it and that is a real problem, much more so than the situation you are presenting. If you love her work, that’s all that matters and that’s what you are paying for, not her equipment. I would make sure she does have backup gear though!

Post # 8
6886 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You are being a camera snob.  It isn’t the camera it is the person who takes and knows how to run the camera. 

Post # 9
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

I would judge her based on her work.  That is still a really nice camera and many of my professional photographer friends will use their smaller DSLR cameras that are similar because the quality is great and  they like certain features, low light performance, camera weight, dont have to worry too much about damage during the event, etc.  With the diffferent lenses avaliable that camera should perform close to the high-end pro camera released around the same time and capture highlights and shadows very well.  

At one time that camera was state of the art and pro pics that used that technology at the time are not less professional.  What makes a professional is how well they use their equipment and their “eye”  If you have specific concerns about quality, I would ask her specifically about her work using some examples from her portfolio.  If you dont like how the pic turned out she may be able to change it when she retouches the pics.   

Post # 10
4823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

finallybride:  Well, unless you are going to want large prints made of your wedding shots, you’ll probably be ok.  Since you list your wedding as a garden wedding I assume it will be out of doors, during daylight hours.  If you were having an evening or candlelit ceremony there could be issues with the lack of ISO range of her camera body.

Another poster brought up a good point – does she carry a back up camera body, and what is it?

Have you asked what lenses she uses?  I sure hope those are better than her camera body.  

Post # 11
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I agree with some of the previous posters above, what I’m really paying for is her composition skill (constructing the images) and the technical know how to use the camera. Just becauuse someone buys a fancy camera doesn’t mean they can get amazing quality images out of it. Also the camera body may be old, but her lenses and other equipement may be brand new. Perhaps this lets her put more money into better quality lenses. If you like her portfolio I wouldn’t worry about it.

If you are concerned, I would ask to see some of her low light images and action-y type shots (I’m not sure what at a wedding would be happening at top speeds, but possibly worth investigating.) One way of doing this, would be to ask her to see images from one wedding as opposed to a portfolio with the best images from a bunch of weddings. 

Post # 12
11 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

Not much to add after PP—the body is just one part of the system and it’s no higher than third place (photographer, lens). To be a snob, ask what lenses she’s bringing. I’d be concerned about that body only in a couple cases: 1) is the reception at candlelight levels of darkness? 2) Do you expect to order massive, wall-size prints (20×30 and up)?

If you’ll be more relaxed in front of a bigger camera, that’s an intangible without argument.  Otherwise, don’t worry about the details.

Post # 14
22 posts
  • Wedding: October 2006

No you are not being a camera snob. Part of running a business is having appropriate tools. Could you shoot a wedding with it? Sure! Should you? Hell no. The focus sucks in low light. The highest ISO you could shoot clean is maybe 2000. It’s not a professional body. If she can’t afford better gear, she isnt charging enough. If you’re a wedding photographer you know you have zero chance of getting clean prints from that body. They might look ok on Facebook but they are going to be banded and grainy as heck in print. People say things like “it’s the photographer, not the camera” or ” years ago cameras…” But let’s be real, good photography is an interaction of the photographer and gear. If you’re in business there’s no excuse not to have the best gear you can afford. 

Post # 15
190 posts
Blushing bee

um. no. you’re not being a snob.  if you’re a professional photographer, you have pro-grade gear. period. otherwise you’re a hobbyist and should be charging hobby level prices.  if you love her work regardless, go for it, but she better not be charging pro rates, lol.

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