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sony A7iii



If you have not purchased a Sony A7III camera, you are seriously at a loss or disadvantage. This camera is so incredibly advanced and ahead of the game that it is hard to believe that I stayed with Canon for six years. Canon was all I knew and worked amazingly for me for many years and a couple hundred weddings. Prior to being with the Canon brand I started my photography adventure with Nikon. I was a study for a year with photographer that was shooting with the Canon 5D Mark I. I know, I know… That camera is a dinosaur, but at the time it was the Mack daddy of wedding cameras. It was a beast, both in appearance and size as well as performance. The camera felt great in the hand and the images it produced were amazing. Fast forward nine years and I have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


I was hesitant with making the swap to Sony. I was invested in the
Canon ecosystem and like many, I did not want to lose my shirt selling all of
my native Canon glass and gear. There were a few hold out items that the
Sony A7II was lacking that kept me from making the jump. A joystick for
focus point selection, added battery capacity, dual memory card slot and a
solid lens lineup, to include third party lens options. And then a big
thing happened. Sony answered the prayers and ACTUALLY listened to their
users. They gave them what they wanted. The release of the Sony
A7III and answered a lot of the requests of photographers, giving them a larger battery, dual SD memory card slots, a joystick for focus point selection.
Add these new features to an Electronic View Finder (EVF), tilt screen and
electronic silent shutter and this camera is almost perfect….Almost.

Sony A7III- The Best Wedding Photography Camera Money Can Buy


To be real with everyone, there are two things that this camera is
lacking. To make this camera untouchable, it would have to have an
articulating tilt screen that is able to tilt in vertical orientation shooting
and the ability to reverse the screen for video and vlogging applications.
The second problem with this camera is the color rendition & skin tones it
produces. Yes, these are correctable in post editing and you are able to
produce similar colors to Canon or Nikon camera bodies. But out of the
camera, RAW images produce skin tones that I have dubbed, “milk tones.”
The skin tones out of the camera are like faded gray milk. Heavy on the
greens and lacking any warmth. It took some time, but I had to produce an
import preset to correct the skin tones, white balance and curves for RAW
files. Once I tweaked the camera profile in post, the camera is able to
produce images similar to the coveted Canon 5D Mark III and IV.


Then there is the subject of overpriced and hyped Sony G Master lenses. Is it
hype, are they that good? Are they better than Canon L series glass or
the top Nikkor equivalent? It’s completely subjective and hard to
say. First thing is first… The focus system is far superior to any
Canon body I have ever used and couple that with Eye Auto Focus, it is possible that the focus system makes the images look superior to Canon images. When you compare files and pixel peep, you will see that Canon L series Prime lenses produce a special kind of bokeh and for whatever reason, I miss it. I own the Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 lenses and they are both amazing. Much sharper and render much more detail than their Canon equivalents.

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I absolutely love that Canon and Nikon have stormed back with their first bid in the world of full frame mirrorless cameras. Competition breeds creativity and the future of cameras is very exciting. Let the camera wars begin.




Sony A7III- The Best Wedding Photography Camera Money Can Buy

Sony A7III- The Best Wedding Photography Camera Money Can Buy


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    I’m a wedding photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee, though home was New England for me up until recently. I moved to Tennessee in the summer of 2016, but my wedding travels frequently bring me to locations throughout the southeast as well as all of the New England States. I enjoy travelling and have done destination wedding work in Italy, Mexico and other locations across the eastern coastline. Over the years my style of photography has evolved and has become much more focused on the emotion and connection that my couples have for one another. My attempt is always to create beautiful images that capture moments and interactions that are often fleeting and lost. I am constantly looking for creative compositions that play with both natural and artificial light. I prefer dramatic imagery that enhances candid moments with play in the shadows and blacks.

    If I pose a couple, it is with purpose and intention. My couples trust me and my vision and even more, my ability to navigate the complexity of a wedding day. Couples have often said that they were drawn to my work because the imagery spoke to them and my vision and style is unique. I pride myself in being able to create images where most cannot envision one being taken, often times in challenging locations under the tight time constraints of a wedding day.


    My work has been featured by some of the industry’s top publications including Bridal Beauty Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Newport Wedding Magazine, the Knot, NorthShore Magazine, The Pink Bride Magazine, The Inspired Bride and several other publications. I am a featured vendor on WeddingWire and am a preferred vendor at several of the top wedding venues in the Knoxville area and throughout New England.

    Cheers, Derek