Ron Q. Photography - FAQ
How many photos will we receive?
Several factors are involved, for example, length of wedding day or session, location, and requests. Generally it can range from 100 images to 800 or even 1000.
How Long will you take photos for?
Depending on what my clients want. A wedding can start at 4 hours or all day. A Portrait session can be 1 hour to 4 hours depending on how many locations and wardrobe changes. I typically arrive 1 hour early to set-up and dont leave until the agreed upon time, or, I'm satified with what was taken. Please contact me for more information.
What is better, Natural or Studio light?
The answer to this question is subjective to each individual photographer, why? Because lighting is the single, most important element in creating great images. Even if a photographer sets every other camera setting correctly, if the lighting isn't perfect, images will suffer. My preference is natural light, however, depending on the type of shoot, I also carry Speedlite's with me and or lighting equipment to make sure I get the best of both natural & studio lighting.
My photos are private, how can I insure that they don't go public? What do you do with them?
Ownership of each physical digital image are the property of the photographer. You as the client, will be granted exclusive rights to use them as (personal demo) only. Neither can you as the client or, supplier as the photographer use images for commercial purposes without each other’s written permission. Photographer can use certain images for purpose of promotion only; however, client has to approve images for promotion use, such as photographers web-site, Facebook, Twitter, and any other form of media.
I'm getting married, how much covereage do I need?
This question can only be answered by you, my CLIENT! Of course, it all depends on your schedule, what events you have planned for the day, and yes the big one….. Your budget. I would always recommend all day coverage with a 2nd photographer. A 2nd photographer will guarantee you different perspectives and can capture the flow of the day, in turn doubling the amount of images you ultimately see. I also offer smaller wedding packages that start at 4 hours, please contact me for more information.
Why will I, or, need a 2nd Photographer?
When shooting any wedding, it can become complex, espesially an all-day or large wedding. A second photographer becomes the more logical choice. Two weddings are never the same, they are always spontaneous and events happen simultaneously at different locations. The 2nd Photographer will alway offer another perspective and more covereage of the day's celebratory event.
How long before we see our Photographs?
Depending on the event and season, it can take from 3 weeks to 5 weeks. However, you'll be able to see a few of them with-in the first week after the event. I have a private gallery and different social media sites that I post on before the final DVD is sent.
Explain the process you take after Photographing an event.
Great question!! After the event, I take all the images to my home studio and dump the photos on 2 hard drives. 1 for post production work and the other on my network backup drive. I do all the post production work myself, your images never leave my hands until the final product is released. I use the latest in Adobe Creative Suites digital enhancement software to ensure that I optimize all my RAW files to perfection. Postproduction work is very tedious work, my process is extensive. I edit, correct color and exposure thru the first run through. I want to make sure that the final image makes my client happy. Overall, I'm not happy until you're happy.
Are there any additional charges for me to receive my photos?
No! For both Wedding ceremonies and Portraits I charge a one-time flat rate for your pictures. No added sitting fees, special effect fees or huge prices for portraits. The price quoted does include the agreed upon request or photo shoot, you’ll receive a DVD containing all of your images with permission for you to share and print the photos from anywhere and keep forever. Please contact me if you have any additional questions.
What do I need to do to hold a date or book with you?
First and foremost. I suggest you meet with two or three photographers. Don't make a decision solely based on price. Choose two or three photographers you like, then meet with each of them, and ask several questions. It's not just about the photos taken, it's how the photographer interacts with you and your guests on the most enjoyable and memorable day. That's what makes a difference. After a decision is made, a 50% deposit is required to hold your date. We’ll sit down, write everything on paper and agree on the most important things of the day. We then stay in contact to "fine tune" the days events.
What type of Equipment do you use?
Ha, ha!! I get asked this question all the time, let me be honest, it's not the equipment that make the photographer. I've seen amazing photos taken on a iPhone!! All my equipment are Professional Canon Digital Cameras and Accessories. I always carry TWO cameras with me. My main camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, my 2nd is a Canon 5D Mark II. I also carry five Canon Pro Lenses, two Speedlite Flash sets, and several accessories to every event.
What does it mean when you say "RAW FILE" and what is the difference between "RAW" & "JPEG"?
RAW image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed. RAW files require the image to be processed by a raw converter in a wide-gamut internal colorspace where precise adjustments can be made before conversion to a "positive" file format such as TIFF or JPEG for storage, printing, or further manipulation. JPEG stands for the “Joint Photographic Experts Group” who are the people on a committee that wrote the file standard. In simple terms, a JPEG is used for a standardized image compression mechanism commonly used for photographic images. RAW is also known as the "digital negative". Whereas JPEG is an abbreviation, the term RAW is just that..."RAW" unprocessed and untouched. A RAW file contains all of the detail and information recorded at the time of shooting as it comes off the sensor, and before any in-camera processing is done meaning that you have all the information at hand when processing with compatible software later on.
Megapixels – It’s all about marketing…
Camera manufactures market their products to consumers by primarily touting the amount of megapixels each camera can produce. The true fact is megapixels are not a measurement of the quality of the images; the number provided simply determines the printable size of the photo right out of the camera. Keep in mind that the quality of your print is determined by the quality of the image sensor, not the amount of megapixels.
FINAL THOUGHT....... Have fun. That is the number one reason why photos turn out bad, if the person or people in-front of the camera lens are not having fun, their photos will suffer.The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is so true. What does this phrase really mean? This phrase means a picture can tell a story better than a large amount of descriptive text, sometimes even better than text about the photo. The phrase originated in the USA during the early 20th century. Frederick R. Barnard published an article piece commending the graphic advertisement effectiveness. The actual phrase is an old Chinese proverb. Imagine if you're not having a good time as I snap 100 or 1000 images. Keep this phrase in mind while we're taking photos ;-)