mardi 7 décembre 2010

Wedding Research: Contemporary Weddings

To be honest, I am a big fan of contemporary photographers and even if I appreciate the masters of the past, new photographers of the 21th century will always impress me more. I started and learned photography because of flickr, it may sound stupid but this is maybe why I like contemporary photographers so much. I know most of the teachers in Dawson College despise this new style, especially when they use a tilt-shift lens the ''wrong'' (creating blur) way. For my research I found pictures from one of my favorites photographers (Brooks Reynolds) and I will share my thoughts about the new trends that are going on.

I took Brooks Reynolds because he is the perfect example of what is going on with the good new young contemporary photographers on flickr. His style is being imitated a lot and there are reasons behind, which I will also try to analyze.

I think the most evident trend that is going on technically is either shooting wide open with a 35mm, 50mm or 85mm prime with natural light and having really bright tones. In the past, the trends were going more toward low key but now it is the opposite. The images are also more contrasty, very few details in the shadows. Shooting in front of a light source also is something that is very contemporary. The use of flash is still there but less present; there are more and more pictures with ambiant light, even if it means they have to crank up their ISO.

What I noticed also that is a trend is taking pictures of objects. It is a good idea, a bit cheesy but now it's everywhere. But honestly, being a couple I wouldn't hate it.

I guess weddings pictures will always be cheesy but another thing that is popular too now is putting your pictures in black and white to give them a ''photodocumentary'' feel but sometimes it still doesn't remove the cheesyness of the picture.

Brooks Reynolds does all of this but at the same time he seems flexible, there is a lot of variety into his work, from posed pictures to photodocumentary shots. What I like is that even in his posed shots he tries to give them a feel, to have a minimum of connection with the subject. Overall, I think he is a great example of what is going on today when you pay a good price. Of course there are a lot of wedding photographers out there and I think Brooks is a good example of what you should pay a big price for. There are better photographers than him of course but I still think he is great and has his own style.

Here is the link to his Wedding Portfolio
Or you could just visit his website,
or his amazing summer night project,
and finally his very interesting blog.