Why I chose the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Wedding Photography is not something for its own sake, but it simply is something I apply to everything I learned during the years, my experience and knowledge of the Art of Photography. My style, my techniques and my very own way of doing things, they just won’t be sum up so briefly under two words that only serve as means of to identify a context in which I love to work. Indeed, every professional photographer has his own way of framing and shooting. You just choose the tools that are most suited to you, and everyone brings different results to the table. Some like to shoot portraits and stills, others prefer to play with colours and contrast to make up pictures that are almost like drawings. Myself, for what is worth, I chose to work in the lines of reportage. I like to seize the moment, but, on top of everything else, I like to be a witness of events, and to provide people with wonderful memories. In every wedding there are multiple stories intertwining with each other, those that every participant brings with himself, and those that are being built as the event takes place, in that which is probably the best day in the life of people everywhere.
To be able to do this I chose a camera which is able to shoot and capture moments without much adjusting, and without suffering external conditions, such as light or moving bodies. I wanted a camera able to properly and suddenly grasp light and colours, while at the same time giving me the possibility of endless customization and adjusting without having to ask people to pose or anything like that. The best moments are the spontaneous ones, and that is precisely what I am looking for when I am carrying my camera, ready to shoot. Using the DSLR EOS 5D Mark III I am able to point and shoot in rapid sequence, to the speed of 6 frames per second, and then choosing the best I got. It is practical and smart, with its SD slots and intelligent autofocus, and the battery length is well suited for me not to have to think about it, leaving me all the time I need to explore the scene and make myself as ready as it gets.
Perspective, focus, light, contrast, volumes, these are only a few of all the variables that you have to consider, those that may send any professional photographer crazy over details when aiming for the perfect shot. The perfect shot, though, is made by its target. Like a semi-automatic weapon, the Mark III enables me, once set up, to point and shoot, since it is able to intuitively understand volumes, proportions and distance, on its own and quite quickly, thanks to its innovative autofocus system. At the same time its extremely high definition and number of pixels, allows you, if you know how to properly aim, to always render the subject in the best possible way. These might be technical details, but they are what makes the perfect witness.
I have enough experience, though, to understand that a camera alone can go just so far. It gives a lot, but it doesn’t do everything. I got also plenty of lens and objectives, but I am particularly fond of two of them: the 50 F1.4, and the 135 F2. This might seem as only letters and numbers to the untrained eye, but they are actually very powerful tools, and they mean different ways of doing photography. The 135 F2 gives me a state of the art autofocus that allows me to shoot a picture the moment that I see it, seizing the moment, as I say. The 50 F1.4, on the other hand, is the perfect tool to work with colours and light, and it is particularly suited to unstable external conditions, when light is what it is, take it or leave it. These are wonderful instruments, the very ones that enable me to capture things in the heat of the moment.
All this equipment at my disposal is top notch, but it is just that: equipment. What really makes the difference when you take a picture, be it for wedding photography or travel photography in exotic destinations, is a mixture of guts, aesthetic sense, and good reflexes. In other words, the professional photographer’s trained eye. And it is exactly this eye that chose the best equipment to suit it and to express itself, going for a wonderful DLSR Reflex. It wasn’t easy to find the perfect match, because we are dealing with sensible and delicate instruments that need to be understood and appreciated in order to make them a tool to express ourselves, instead of the opposite, us being the tool trough which the camera express itself. Apart from the dedication and will, I have to say that I also have been lucky enough to be able to establish a good dialogue between me and my cameras, the author and its tools, while always trying to include also the subjects, or targets. Many are those who try to develop this, but fail. The perfect shot must walk through all these steps.