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Wedding Photographer In Greensburg PA - Before And Now!

Wedding Photographer In Greensburg PA - Before And Now!

So this has been a long time overdue. Since I started my business, my wedding photography business. My wife and I shot our 1st wedding in 2008, now This was a friend of my sister that was getting married.  I was only really supposed to be taking pictures so her friend had extra pictures.  But I didn't realize that the couple decided not to hire a professional photographer so I was the only photographer at this event.  Now doing weddings for over 10 years, you should always hire a professional photographer and not just count on your friend to take these important images that you will have for the rest of your life.

Long story short, they loved their images that I captured from their wedding back in 2008 but now looking back, I cringe when I look at them.  Now they were not bag for what I knew back then but knowing what I know now, I wish I could go back and re-do their wedding day because they would be so much better.  But the only thing that really matters is that they love their wedding photos.

Now this post is really to show you where I was and where I am now as a professional wedding photographer.  So lets look at some before and now wedding photos from2008 and until 2018.

Before And Now 1
Before And Now 2

The first picture in 2008 was taken with a Canon 20D, 24-70mm or maybe a little longer of a lens with a variable aperture. This image was captured at 1/250sec, f6.3, not sure of the ISO. This as you can see was back lit with no key light to properly expose their faces in this image.

The image on the right was captured in 2018 with a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70mm 2.8 and captured at 70mm, f2.8, 1/400sec and ISO 100. This also didn’t have a flash but knew how to change my settings to get a proper exposure so the couple is well lit for my taste.

Remember if you are getting into photography, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks because there are a ton of different photographers that shoot differently so just because someone doesn’t like it doesn’t mean it is wrong. They just might have a different opinion of what is a good photograph than yours. Don’t get discouraged by what people say about your photography, just keep on shooting and master it…

Christmas Eve Edits

It’s all about the light… So this year for Christmas Eve, I took my camera to our church service to get a few images of the candle lit service for my church to use at a later time, if needed. If you are going to capture images of candle light, you are going to be pushing your camera to the limits. As you can see, the only light provided is the light that is provided from the candles. The more the candles, the more the light will help your camera capture a good image. These images were captured with my Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens, handheld. I knew right away that I would have to shoot at 2.8 to let in as much light as possible and thought I could do this handheld at 1/100 Sec. I probably could had done it at 1/60 of a Sec. but I want to make sure I didn’t get any camera shake.

I shot all of these at ISO 4000. Now I knew that I would get some grain in my images but they would still be usable and I don’t really mind the grain so much. If you don’t listen to the camera and just listen to yourself, you will get much better results in the end.

What I mean when I tell someone to stop listening to the camera is by looking at the exposure compensation bar that is telling you there is not enough light or you have too much light. These images here, the camera was telling me that there was not enough light and the bar was all the way to the left. I knew it was going to be dark but that is because of only lighting the people in the church by the candles. Let me show you the settings I was using…


This image was captured at ISO 4000, 70mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec.  with the 70-200mm lens.


This image was captured at ISO 4000, 80mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec.  with the 70-200mm lens.


This image was captured at ISO 4000, 200mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec.  with the 70-200mm lens.

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Camera Settings

Image on the left…
Camera: Canon 50D
Camera Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
ISO: 100
Aperture: F/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 50mm

Image on the right…
Camera: Canon 50D
Camera Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
ISO: 200
Aperture: F/2.0
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Focal Length: 50mm


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