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Throwback Thursday: Fashion shoot at Bar Louie 

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Today I thought I would do something fun, and maybe an on going post each week, to look back at some older photos that I did in a “throw back” type of post. These photos were done at Bar Louie at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes Barre to celebrate the winners of the Man and Woman Model of the Year with the Weekender. These were photographed in 2009. How on earth was that 6 years ago! Phil, Christina, and Ashley are featured in these sets wearing amazing outfits that we had on loan for the day.  Check them out and tell me what you think in the comments!

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The importance of Prints. Why this image is so powerful.

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I posed this question on my Facebook Business Pages: Why do I love this image so much? Why is it so important?

There were some great guesses and a few got very close to the answer. One person said “Is it that someday their grandkids will be looking at their wedding picture?” That is pretty close to the answer and she will be winning the $10 itunes card I mentioned in the post (see it pays to check out our facebook page and participate!)

The importance of prints as your final ‘product’ and not a digital copy, disc, thumb drive, facebook album, etc can not be understated. Those things might be a great item to have and to purchase in addition to your prints and album, but should never come at the cost of a replacement for those items. In the above photo example, imagine if in the 1930-50′s everyone was only receiving their images in digital copy. With the best intentions, those images often do not ever make it to print. What if they were recorded on a format that is unreadable today such as VHS, Beta Max, reel to reel, tape, or soon dare I even say DVDs. Did you know that DVDs can fail in as little as 1 year? How likely would it be that now 0ver 60 years later, the great grandson of the person in that photo would be able to see their wedding photo on his Aunts big day?

We are living in an era right now that is coming dangerously close to becoming the forgotten generation. With Iphones, facebook, other cell phones, digital cameras, instagram, snapchat, and the list continues, how often are you taking the time to finish the images as intended by printing them? When these technologies change into digital implants, or whatever else is yet to come, where will the record be of this time in our history?

Can you walk into your house at the end of a long day at work or with dealing with the children, sit on your couch in your living room, and gaze up to catch a shining glimpse of that beautiful DVD hanging on your wall? Does that have the same impact in improving the quality of your day as looking at a beautiful Canvas wall art collection of special moments of your husband that we captured during your wedding day. How much would that take you back to that moment when you were just starting out as a couple and that amazing feeling you had sharing those moments together?

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Throughout the day, I witnessed these amazing moments with both the bride and groom as different family members delivered old printed pictures of themselves from back on the their wedding days. I got to hear the story from the bride about how she never got to meet them, but by looking at the images how amazing it was of how they looked just like her husband and other people in the family. What an awesome moment that I got to see happen in front of me and was lucky enough to document for this couple. I LOVE THAT!

I love seeing the power and emotion that a printed image can bring. There is really nothing like it.

At weddings I often see these moments displayed at the gift table. Some times it’s prints in a frame like above, and some times it’s the relatives actual wedding album. What an amazing investment in something that you are going to have for generations.

Don’t let that be replaced in your life by a digital image that will be unviewable as soon as technology changes again, or the drive fails or is lost. A print or album will never be something you can’t open and view. As I like to joke, even on the Walking Dead, when the zombie apocalypse starts and there is no longer electricity, you can still pull that print out of your wallet of your family and look at it!

Everyone has great intentions that they will go and print this or that, or they will make their own style DIY album. But time passes, life gets busy, and it often gets forgotten. The more people I ask about this the story stays the same. How many images are on your phone right now? How many of them have you actually ever printed? How would you feel if your phone got lost or deleted and you lost those moments of your kids forever?

Are you starting to see how powerful and important these items are? Not just for today, but forever.

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So what is most important to you? Don’t listen and get to stuck on what the “wedding magazines” list you “must have” for your wedding. What is actually important to you. What will be important to you 40-80 years from now?

Beautiful, personally design wedding albums and stunning finished works of art like our Canvas Wall Collections, Acrylic prints, and Metal HD prints, are just a few of the things we offer. We don’t just offer these products, we believe strongly in them and their importance. Your files will always be kept safe here in our hard drive system which lives in a minimum of 3 different locations. You can also purchase them as an addition to your wedding album and prints. But, photographs are meant to be printed. So don’t forget that when you are interviewing for your upcoming wedding photographer.

Stay tuned to see more from this awesome New Years Eve wedding of Lacie and Jonathan from the Radisson at Lackawanna Station in Scranton, PA.

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Hey everyone

So this week I am starting to make tons of posts that will come out over the next few weeks. It will be sortof a year in review of the weddings from the past year, engagement sessions, portraits, seniors, and in this case we will be looking at a surprise wedding proposal that I photographed in Clarks Summit.

He got a hold of me early and new that they would both be in the area for a nice dinner out and wanted to first stop at the church that meant something to both of them The Church of St Gregory’s  in Clarks Summit, PA. He had her blind folded on the way and led her to the spot in front of the church that he wanted to pop the question. Off came the blindfold and things moved very fast from there. He asked, and she answered YES!

Check out a few of the photos below. Definitely keep checking back as I will be having a lot of blog posts coming up and showing off some awesome photos that you haven’t seen yet!

And of course, if you are planning a 2014 or 2015 wedding, definitely get a hold of me through my contact page on the website at: www.jeffdietzphotography.com/#/contact or just call me directly at (570) 690-2019

 

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Hello everyone!

I am back from my trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republican and back in the swing of editing tons of weddings and making some cool photos. It’s been a while since I posted so I am going to be making several posts the next two weeks showcasing weddings from this year.

The first is Hilary and John’s wedding from early this year. Their wedding took place at the Inne of the Abingtons in Clarks Summit, PA. It was definitely an interesting wedding. Why you say? Because we fell right in the middle of the Office Wrap Up party! After the ceremony we went right outside Elm Park United Methodist Church where the bride’s dad is a pastor and watched the parade as it went by.

It wasn’t soon after the parade started that the groomsmen got to work approaching all of the cast members to take a photo with the bride and groom. We were pleased to find that 80% of them did actually stop to take a photo! What a great memory for the couple, and to be honest for me too! It’s not every day you have a wedding that you get to photograph Jim and Pam!

Below are some of the images from the wedding. Check them out and enjoy!

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Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine features Nadia and Chris – Glen Oak Country Club

Wedding Photography at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit, PA

I am happy to announce that the wedding of Nadia and Chris has been featured in the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Website !! This is a huge honor for both them and I as Grace Ormonde is known for being the best of the best when it comes to wedding magazines. Their wedding took place at the Glen Oak Country club in Clarks Summit, PA in 2011. It is pretty hard to believe that it has already been that long since I photographed their day. If you have never seen the Wedding Style magazine, you can go to any major book store or grocery store in the country and pick up a copy.  You will also see us featured in the magazine in the Platinum Member listings.

If you go to their website you will see the couple also featured on the front page of their site for the next 3 days, or you can follow the link here as well in order to see it: www.weddingstylemagazine.com/real-weddings/carpool-romance

Screen capture from the Wedding Style website. The red box and arrow indicates where you can see the couple featured on the main page for the next 3 days

 

I have a bunch of posts coming up soon to highlight my trip to West Palm Beach Florida and Boca Raton. Lots of fun photos to show you and talk about in the next few days so stay tuned!

 

Fun image of the bride with the ring carrier and flower girl at their home in Clarks Summit, PA

 

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DAY 14 – SALES AND PROMOTIONS: 35% off print coupon for any bookings made this week

Sorry for being behind a day or two on the posts but we have been doing some awesome things here in the last few days, which I can’t wait to share with you later.

Today’s sale is for any wedding booking made now until March 23rd for 2013 or 2014, you will receive a print credit for 35% off your wedding photos, for the first 2 weeks that your proof site goes live. To get information about booking your wedding, simply go to our website at www.jeffdietzphotography.com and fill out the contact form, or use the contact form above on the blog page.

We have some great spots still left for 2013 and we are well into booking for 2014, so it is never too early to book and secure your date.

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After Wedding Session at South Beach Miami Florida

Thanks again!

 

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CANON OR NIKON…..  TO STAY OR TO GO.

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Photo taken on the streets of New York City

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I thought I would do something a bit different today and open up my decision making process that I have gone through over the last month on if I was going to stay with my current Canon gear, or make a switch to Nikon. I know this post for some of you might be a bit too camera nerdy and tech related, but it is also a great post for all of the photographers that follow my blog and work across the country. I am allowed to have a few camera nerd posts once in a while and this is definitely one of them. There are a lot of fun photos to check out in between if you just want to look at those and skip the boring parts. The image above for instance was photographed in the streets of New York City while I was working on some street photography skills. It’s one of my favorites from the day. There is just something about the lady in the photo that makes me wonder what she is thinking.

I encourage you to leave comments if you want as you can with any of my posts!

THE REVIEW
I wanted to start this post and review by first saying that I have been with Canon for my entire professional career. I do not want to say in any way really by this review that the Canon doesn’t do a pretty good job. But there just comes a time where you have to evaluate and see what is on the other side of the fence.

In the photography world there has always been this “Canon vs Nikon” fight almost like the crips and the bloods and you were either on one side or the other. Once you “married” one of them, you tend to stay there for life. But at the end of the day, to me it is about the image and image quality. That is what I judged my review on more then any other feature. Will this camera perform how I tell it to, accurately, and consistently.

I am a big believer that the most important piece of gear you own is the piece that is between your ears. A camera is just a tool. That being said I do expect my tool to work each and every time I call on it.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT CANON / WHAT WAS I SEEKING TO FIND/CORRECT

What I was finding that I was night happy with in regard to Canon was a few things. Most importantly was consistency of sharp images and sharp, quick focusing in low light situations. I was finding that canon would often have a more “soft” look to it and was failing me a few times when it would come to finding focus quickly.

I also felt that Canon’s newer cameras are focusing more on features for video users instead of still photographers. That is a concern to me since I am of course a stills photographer.

The nail in the coffin for me that pushed me towards a test of new gear was when I purchased the 5dmk3. This camera was meant to be Canon’s answer for many of it’s problems of the past. I found that it actually took a step backwards in several ways from the 5dmk2. With equipment prices increased and what they were claiming it could do, I was let down. Further testing with the flag ship 1dx camera, resulted in similar results. Really disappointing.

Canon’s two shining stars by far is it’s video features, and also the new 600ex-rt flash system. The flash system is a giant step forward and something Nikon will surely need to compete with in it’s next model.

WEEK OF NIKON TESTING
I will state it now for the record. This is NOT a scientific test, and you are looking for a pixel peeping style test, this is not for you. There are plenty of those out there. I am reviewing the camera based on the needs of a working photographer and that is how I tested it.

A. EQUIPMENT USED
I rented for a 7 day test:
- Nikon D600
- Nikon 24-70 2.8 g
- Nikon 70-200 VR2 2.8 g
- Nikon 50mm 1.4g

The reason for the choice of the D600 was for it’s lighter weight and smaller file sizes that could prove useful for all day wedding photography. I also felt with saving some on rental costs, it would still give me a good idea of what a Nikon system can do. If this camera made me happy, the theory would be that their higher level cameras would make me even more so.

B. TESTS (IMAGES)

Here are a couple of test images and I will try to give a couple of examples in the comments of the images as to their settings and what they are about. Some images will also be marked right on the images. So check ‘em out!

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Photo in Chelsea on the Highline in New York City

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A neat look at an over pass you can sit and watch the traffic go by in Chelsea

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Times Square New York City

This is near Madison Square Garden

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Times square at night ISO 6400

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I am wondering who this is? He was making a commercial. If you know who it is, leave it in the comments!

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ISO 8500 I believe it was. H1 settings. Pretty darn impressive. A little grit in it but I like it in black and white

Test shoot done right in home as a challenge.

Photographed against a sliding glass door

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Model test shoot in Olde Town Philadelphia, PA

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Model test shoot in Olde Town Philadelphia, PA

Model test shoot in Olde Town Philadelphia, PA

C. PERFORMANCE / FEEL
From the start I was pretty impressed. The camera had fast focus response both indoor and outdoor in pretty much every lighting condition that I put it through. The assist beam is a definite plus and is something that Canon never added to their cameras.

The feel in my hands was definitely much different then canon. I found the D600 to be lacking a bit in this area with it’s grip size and comfort. But, then again this is a slimmed down camera on purpose.

If you don’t know it by now, everything on the Nikon is backwards to the Canon. The zoom ring rotates the opposite way, the lens itself is put on the opposite direction. It is something to definitely get use to.

I also found Nikon’s lenses to be designed very differently then their Canon counterparts. They are much thinner making them at times longer, which distributes the weight a bit differently.

D. BUTTON PLACEMENT
Here is where the Canon again wins some points over the Nikon. Button placement on the D600 at times makes you scratch your head and say “what on earth were they thinking”. Canon has most of it’s controls you need for shooting on the right side of the camera on top near the LCD display. Nikon has many of their’s moved to the left side panel as well as the front of the camera. This means more two handed operations for buttons with Canon you would only need 1 hand. That is a big difference when trying to make changes while shooting.

E. DIFFERENCES – Pluses / Minuses
Canon Pluses:
- Better video performance over the D600
- Slightly warmer tones in your images, with a bit more contrast
- The feel of the camera is much better then the D600 but only slightly better then the D800
- The 600ex-rt flashes are a lot of fun with their built in radio triggers
- CPS – Canon Professional Services is pretty good, I have not of course tested Nikon on this yet.

Canon Minuses:
- “Soft Images” out of camera
- In mid to low light they still have problems finding focus on their own
- No assist beam on the camera to help with focus
- New cameras and lenses upgrades have taken a huge price jump
- “soft images” yes it is that important
- Lack of a good 24-70 lens range (note, I have heard great things about the 24-70L mk2, however the cost is insane)
- Innovation. Their focus seems to be on new video features instead of new photo features.

Nikon Pluses:
- Much sharper images straight out of camera
- Image quality out of camera is great.
- Better ISO high noise performance (at least through my tests)
- Seems much better at finding focus quickly in low light
- Assist beam is brilliant!
- 36mp option in the D800 allows me to use this for both wedding and commercial work.
- Lower costs
- Seems to be focused on photography innovations over video features.
- Being able to change the tone and volume of the focus confirmation chirp is nice
- The feel of the shutter of the Nikon is very nice. There is no better way to describe that without having it in your hands.
- It’s new and shiny and it’s always nice to have something new and shiny once in a while.

Nikon Minuses
- Button placement. Although much better in the D800 it will still take some getting use to, or maybe reprogramming of a few buttons
- The 36mp of the D800 will cause for need of higher Compact Flash card size and hard drive space (but acceptable to me).
- The D600 will not allow for aperture adjustment during video modes
- Kingston CF memory cards will not work in the D800 for some reason. Meaning I have to purchase all new cards.

WHAT I DECIDED AND WHAT I PURCHASED AND WHY

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Nikon D800, 70-200 vr 2, 24-70, 50 1.4g, SB-910

I decided at the end of the day that switching to a new system was the way to go for me. Although the D600 will get the job done, I decided to go with 2 D800′s. I like both my main and secondary cameras to match whenever possible. The button placement and comfort of the D800, as well as the better sealed body and 36mp sensor was enough to push me over the top to go with the D800′s versus the D600′s. It was a little bit more of an investment, but I think it will be worth it.

Now some will say, the D800 is not for weddings. They basically say that due to file size. To me, file size is not that much of an issue. Compact Flash cards and storage memory these days is not that much and they are constantly coming down in price. Image quality is what matters most to me over anything else.

I do expect the camera to have a little bit more noise at high ISO’s, but at the same time I have a hard time coming up with a scenario where I will often need to photograph above ISO 6400.

So in the end what all did I go with? Here is the list:
2 – Nikon D800′s
2 – Nikon Sb-910 flashes
Nikon 70-200 2.8g VR 2
Nikon 24-70 2.8g
Nikon 50mm 1.4g
Nikon 14-24 (will be purchased in the next 2 months)
A mix of San Disk and Lexar Compact Flash and SD cards

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These are a few images that I did with the D800 since purchase. I thought I would show a few from this session since the test images were all shot with the D600. Keep coming back for more photos and examples from the new cameras!

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D800 image with 50mm 1.4g at f/2

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D800 image with 50mm 1.4g at f/2

 

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A bride and bridesmaids review images from earlier in the day

 

SAME DAY SLIDESHOWS

Did you know that at most of the weddings I photograph I am able to show some of the images from earlier in the day at your reception! The same day slideshows are included in most of my wedding options and are done (time permitting) by taking 20-30 images from earlier in the day, editing them on my laptop and displaying for you later at your reception on a laptop or screen that sits on a side table, cycling for the rest of the night.

This does not stop or distract from your wedding reception. The images play on a non stop slideshow and people can view them at their leisure when they are not dancing or eating. It creates a great visual experience for your wedding reception guests, and they absolutely love it!

Above you see an image from the Highlands at Newberry Estates of the bride and her bridesmaids viewing the images.

 

We are able to do things like this because our images are created in camera, as opposed to having to rely on photoshop trickery, effects, or ‘saving it in photoshop’. You can see in the image above taken at the Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown PA we can also put an email sign up sheet next to the slideshow. This allows us to email interested guests from your wedding, when the photos are finished to be viewed online or to purchase prints of their own.

I have done these ever since I begin a wedding photographer, and they have always been a great hit. It is also great for me because I love hearing the instant feedback from both the couple and their guests as to what they think about the images that I created for them earlier.

My images are all one of a kind, so the reaction of the guests to seeing our images tend to be things like; “wow I have never seen that before”, “How did they do that?” , “where was that taken?”, “I can’t believe we get to see them already”, and much more.

 

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