Best MegaPixel Setting for Weddings..

Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by EnricoSuave, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. EnricoSuave

    EnricoSuave TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2006
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    I'm making the move from celluloid to SLR-Digital. Even though my camera (Canon EOS Rebel XT) will shoot 8.0 Megapixel.. since that eats up a lot of memory on the card, what is the Min and Medium Megapixel setting you tend to use most when shooting Wedding photography?

    I've considered using 8Mpixel for the "traditional" shots and poses, then alternating to 3-4Mpixel for reception and candid shots. (But I don't want to miss a shot while making switches every so often.) Does anyone use 1-2 Mpixel for the candid shots? Or one setting for the whole wedding?

    Thanks,
     
  2. wolfepakt

    wolfepakt TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    WY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Everyone here will tell you to get lots of memory and only shoot RAW!
     
  3. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,237
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Rochester, NY Velocity: Unknown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I personally shoot RAW at the maximum size for everything. Changing a card can be faster than changing a roll of film, and you can get a lot more than 36 images to a card, so I think it's a good deal. Just stock up on larger cards so you don't run out of space. If everything were going to be printed at 4x6 it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but you never know what might merit an enlargement.
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I agree, shoot at maximum size (and usually maximum quality) and get more memory. Memory is getting cheaper and cheaper all the time.

    The best quality setting is to shoot in RAW. Those files can be around 8MB, the next step down is large/fine JPEG and those files are about half the file size.

    There are many threads here, and many pages across the net on the RAW vs JPEG debate. Google is your friend.

    RAW means more work during post processing but it offers many benefits.
     
  5. jemmy

    jemmy TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    847
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    queensland, australia
    Definitely get more memory - its something I need to do very soon!! Give your clients the best possible quality images of their special day - I use the same camera ( that is till I upgrade to my 5D - dreamer!!) and shooting RAW means I get about 180 images from a 1gb card compared with 480ish Jpegs... but I would never make the change back!! More memory for sure x
     
  6. Tiberius

    Tiberius TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    328
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    If you're using a DSLR, why would you ever shoot at anything but the maximum resolution? If you have to save space, drop to JPEG Normal instead of RAW, but NEVER, EVER drop the resolution. I don't know why the camera even has the function.
     
  7. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2004
    Messages:
    9,469
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    TX
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    We shoot RAW now and carry a portable storage device, holds 40 gigs.
     
  8. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,405
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Indianapolis, IN
    We carry > 20 Gb of CF cards on us for each wedding and shoot entirely in RAW. After the wedding all the RAWs are backed up to 2 additional hard drives and a set of DVDs into the fire-safe (each wedding usually takes 3 DVD+Rs for the RAW files). Looking at some kind of hot-swap dock for hard drives so I can swap actual hard drives in and out for the fire-safe as well.

    With memory and hdd storage so cheap, it's just not feasible to shoot weddings in anything but RAW. We've had images that initially looked completely blown out, but with Phase One Capture One we were able to bring them back and make them very usable images.
     
  9. DeepSpring

    DeepSpring TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,451
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    www.surpluscomputers.com

    they have really great prices on memory and many other things. just thought i might throw that in.
     
  10. Fate

    Fate TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,685
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    England - Worcestershire
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    RAW is awesome... but my camera takes like 10 seconds to write the shot in RAW mode.... by which time ive missed another shot :S
     
  11. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,405
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Indianapolis, IN
    Also check Fry's at www.outpost.com. We get pretty much anything computer-related there.
     
  12. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,405
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Indianapolis, IN
    What kind of camera are you shooting? It should have at least enough buffer to allow you to keep shooting.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

best megapixel for weddings

,
best megapixel setting for photos
,

best megapixels to shoot for a wedding

,

lovingevery1

,
lovingevery1 pictures images
,
mega pix setting for wedding pic
,
wedding megapixel setting
,
what is the best megapixel for wedding photos