PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How many years of experience do you have?
A. We have about 20 years experience in photography
Q. What type of equipment do you use?
A. We use professional quality Canon camera equipment, Studio Dynamics / Westcott backdrops, and Alien Bees studio lights.
Q. Do you bring backup equipment with you?
Q. When digital photos are taken, how do you make black and white prints?
A. Our professional quality digital cameras have the ability to take black and white or sepia digital photos, however, the preferred method is to take color pictures and then "desaturate" them using software afterwards.
It is safer to shoot in color and change it later.
Q. Do you create Wedding Photo Albums for your customers?
A. Yes. Wedding Photo Albums are part of our creative services and can be purchased as an add-on to any wedding package.
Q. How long does it take for you to process the wedding images?
A. We typically have the photos posted on an Internet Photo Gallery within two days following a wedding/event.
The Digital Photo Albums are typically available in about a week following a wedding/event.
Q. What about the originals/negatives? I really want to have them!
A. We provide you with all of the original high-resolution images electronically. We don't hold your photos hostage.
Q. How easy is it for my family, friends, and guests to order prints?
A. Anyone can order prints from our Internet Photo Gallery online or you can take the Digital Photo Album to your favorite store to have prints made.
Q. If the pictures are taken with a digital camera, how do you make prints? I've heard that digital pictures tend to fade.
When we make Wedding Photo Albums, we use high-quality commercial printing services to create prints that should last for over 100 years.
If you order prints from our Internet Photo Gallery online, or take the Digital Photo Album to your local store, they typically use commercial photo printing machines that produce the same high-quality prints used for film.
If you use a high quality name-brand printer with high quality ink, then you have nothing to worry about.
Some types of ink and paper can fade.
This is particularly true for older model printers, cheap printers, and cheap "refill ink" not produced by the printer manufacturer.
Newer printers made by Epson, Canon and HP are known to produce good quality prints.
The higher-end models are better than the cheaper models.
Q. Some photographers do not allow (or severely limit) guest's taking pictures. How do you handle this?
A. The only time this becomes an issue is during the post-ceremony traditional shots.
As long as they don't slow down the shoot or get in the way, we don't have an issue with guests taking photos.
Q. You do wedding photography part time - shouldn't I be looking for someone who shoots weddings full time?
A. Weddings are typically held on weekends.
A part-time wedding photographer shoots about as many weddings as a full-time photographer who does portraits during the week, and can have just as much experience shooting weddings.
The main difference is that a part-time wedding photographer doesn't have the overhead of a full-time photographer, and can save you a lot of money for the same high-quality photography.
Q. Why do Fun Photo Guys services cost less than other photographers?
A. There are many reasons. Here are a few:
• We are passionate about photography.
We believe that high-quality photography doesn't have to be expensive.
We don't have the overhead that some photographers do.
We have designed our business model to keep our costs low, and we pass that savings on to you.
• For example, we use portable studio equipment that can be taken on location instead of having an expensive studio.
We can rent studio space, if needed for a specific project.
That saves the costs of leasing a building and paying employees to staff it.
• We do not have expensive film processing equipment.
Instead, we leverage commercial printing services.
• We do not have an inventory of products.
Instead, we purchase materials specific to a project as they are needed.
Q. Why are your wedding photography prices based on the number of guests?
A. At weddings, we typically take a number of photos of you and your guests.
When there are more photos to process, it requires more time and work effort to process the photos.
This way, you aren't limited to a certain number of wedding photos, like some other photographers.
Q. Why is Digital Photography better than Film?
• Professional digital cameras and software have reached a level of technology equal to or better than 35mm film cameras.
One is hard pressed to tell the difference between prints shot in either format.
With Professional digital cameras, we can capture very high-resolution images that can produce almost any size print, even poster-size.
• Digital technology provides greater flexibility with the ability to preview shots and adjust the camera on
the spot and to manipulate the digital images on a computer.
Digital photography is preferred for low-light situations, such as shooting in a Church, because we can see the results and make adjustments on the spot.
• Digital technology saves time, money, and effort over the cost of film developing.
Imagine a wedding where about 2000 digital images are taken.
That can take more than 83 rolls of film to accomplish the same thing!
• Imagine a wedding photographer having to take the time to change rolls of film in a camera 83 times during a wedding. How many lost wedding shots is that?
With digital, the camera is almost always ready. We use memory cards capable of holding over 1500 shots before having to be changed and
batteries that allow for many hours of shooting before having to be changed.
These features allow us to take less time worrying about the equipment and spend more time taking high quality shots.
• With film, you usually have to buy a roll of film, shoot 24 or 36 pictures, develop a whole roll and pay for prints to see if any of them came out.
Then you have to go back and reorder prints of the ones you like.
The time it takes to do all of this and the costs associated with this process can add up quickly.
In addition, the number of photos to choose from is much higher on average than film.
• With digital, you can print the images yourself at home on a photo quality printer or have them printed at your favorite camera store or even at photo kiosks.
• With film, you are at the mercy of the mechanical and chemical processes used at a photo lab.
If the lab messes up a roll of film, they will gladly give you a brand new roll of film to replace it, however, you really can’t replace the lost photos.
Can you afford to risk mistakes on that process?
Digital images can be backed up and stored elsewhere in case of a disaster.
• With digital, we can use professional image software in conjunction with the cameras assure sharp, beautiful images, even when enlarged.
• With digital, we can take advantage of the Internet, which has made it possible to upload,
share and view images quickly and order prints from anywhere in the world shortly after an event takes place.
• And here is one last advantage... Digital is environmentally-friendly
"Clean Green Technology"
where there are no harsh chemicals left over to harm the environment as there are with Film developing.
Film is responsible for some nasty environmental pollution. For example, dichloromethane (methylene chloride) is a carcinogenic solvent used in the production of film. Silver is used in the production and processing of film and can be more toxic to aquatic organisms than mercury. For every roll of film developed, at least 4 ounces of toxic chemicals are disposed of, usually down the drain and into our waterways.
In 2005, the Stockholm Water Authority noted that the increased use of digital photography over traditional film photography has cut the silver pollution by 50% in the city's sewers in just five years.
Q. Are you LGBT-Friendly photographers? Do you photograph same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian weddings, and commitment ceremonies?
A. We have been getting a lot of calls asking if we are "LGBT-Friendly", "GLBT-Friendly", photograph gay and lesbian weddings and same-sex marriages in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The answer is "yes", we are LGBT / GLBT Friendly.
We do photograph weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, and engagement photo sessions throughout the Bay Area for gay/lesbian same-sex couples that are getting married.
Call us today to book your LGBT / GLBT / same-sex wedding, engagement photo session, civil union, or commitment ceremony.