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About my Equipment

State College wedding photographer

Professional Gear

I am sometimes asked about my specific equipment...

Part of being a professional means having professional equipment, and I have some of the best cameras, lenses and accessories available.

I am currently shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 7D Mark II. I keep a Canon 7D and 40D for backup. The 5D is a full-frame camera that creates low-noise, 22 megapixel images, and it's especially good in low-light. That's important for indoor ceremonies, where I can shoot by candlelight. The 7D Mark II shoots 20 megapixel images at an amazing 10 frames per second, and it's also very good in low light. The fast frame rate allows me to get the perfect shot of anything that happens in the blink of an eye, like your kiss during the ceremony, or "jumping" shots. I keep each body with the appropriate lens, so I don't need to change lenses and potentiall miss a shot. I think it's important to note that I'm very good at holding the camera steady during long exposures, so I can get a lot of low-light shots that would come out blurry for photographers with less experience.

I use Canon L series lenses, which are designed for the discriminating professional. I currently use an EF 70-200L f/2.8 Mk II (considered to be the best lens in the world in its class) and an EF 24-105L f/4, with an EF 50mm f/1.4 prime lens (with extension tubes) for special shots. All of these provide extremely sharp images for enlargements up to 60 inches or more. As a backup, I bring a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8, which rivals the L series in quality, but it's designed for crop-sensor cameras like the Canon 7D.

I prefer to use available light during the ceremony, but for receptions and other really dark places, I use a quartet of Canon 600EX-RT speedlites, usually by remote radio triggers, off-camera. This allows me to control the lighting of the reception hall for added punch. With four separate speedlights, I can light any venue, just the way I want it. I also keep a few smaller strobes on hand, just in case.

Your Photos are Safe

I only get one change to photograph your wedding, so I'm diligent about having backup equipment in case of catastrophic failure.

I generally have at least three fully-capable cameras with extra lenses. I carry an extra Speedlite, just in case my main flash quits. In terms of the photos, themselves, the Canon 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II both record on two separate cards at the same time, so even if one card fails, I still have the photos on the other. I also bring a ColorSpace UDMA device to start copying the cards over the course of the day, creating another backup. This is just about as safe as current technology allows.

After the wedding, I maintain a gigantic library of files, more than 15TB, and I'll keep yours safe as well. First, I give you a hard drive with all of the digital files, including the Canon RAW files. These are like "digital negatives". In addition, I maintain two complete copies on two Drobo disk arrays with a total capacity of 32 terabytes. Each Drobo has redundancy built in, so you have four copies between the two of them. On top of that, I maintain a complete copy of my archives in an off-site location on a third disk array. Finally, all of the photos I process for you, I copy to "the cloud". Altogether, you have at least five copies of all of your photos—including all the digital negatives, not just the selections from proofs—in four separate locations. Nobody goes to greater lengths to keep your photos safe!

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Contact me

William Ames
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804
info@amesphotos.com

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Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.