Capturing memorable images for a newly-wed couple is a challenging and yet equally rewarding experience. The wedding photographer usually has only a few chances to snap the perfect shot of the couple, and as such needs a highly reliable camera that can be trusted to nail the shot every time. Read on to find out why the Nikon D850 has become the camera of choice of wedding photographers all over the world. (Report by Supawat Denamporn)
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED/ FL: 105mm/ Manual exposure (f/1.4, 1/600 sec) / ISO 64/ WB: Custom
In late afternoon the sunlight is usually less harsh with a warm soft glow. I walked around to find a good angle and decided to shoot this backlit romantic scene with the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED and my D850. I set the aperture to f/1.4 to defocus the foreground and background to place more emphasis on the sweet couple beneath the trees.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED/ FL: 14mm/ Manual exposure (f/2.8, 30 sec)/ ISO 2000/ WB: Custom
The D850’s illuminated buttons are especially useful when shooting in the dark. I brought the couple with me to a dark location so that I could photograph them underneath the stars. After adjusting my settings to expose the background, I had the couple stand still for a short while and placed the SB-5000 Speedlight behind them to create the lighting effect seen in this photo. A dream-like image was captured and it was certainly worth the effort.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED/ FL: 28mm/ Manual exposure (f/1.4, 1/8000 sec)/ ISO 64/ WB: Manual
For this shot, I wanted to capture a shot of the couple with the waves crashing onto the rocks in the foreground. For that, I chose the Nikon D850 because its weather sealing capabilities gave me the confidence to produce professional works even in the most challenging conditions. Despite being drenched by the crashing waves, both camera and lens remained unfazed after I gently wiped away the water with a cleaning cloth.
D850/ AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED/ FL: 28mm/ Manual exposure (f/1.4, 1/250 sec)/ ISO 280/ WB: Custom
On many occasions I prefer to take my eye away from the viewfinder and let the couple interact more candidly as they feel less inhibited without a camera pointed at them. However, that does not mean I stop shooting. The tilting LCD screen makes it easy to compose shots from a low angle like I did in this shot. I then made use of the Touch AF to focus on the couple and the Silent Photography mode to capture these tender moments.
In the world of wedding photography, memorable moments spring up unpredictably, and I usually only have a few seconds to capture them. In order to preserve these memories of the couples and to document the most important day in their lives, the camera that I use has to be fast and precise, and should also have a high resolution and easy control scheme as well. Thankfully, the Nikon D850 not only meets these expectations of mine, but surpasses them in multiple aspects.
For my style of pre-wedding photography, I love to play with the lighting, location and capture the raw emotions of the couple. I always try to combine these three aspects in one shot if it’s possible. Thanks to the wide dynamic range and 45.7 megapixels resolution of the D850, I am able to capture each photo in the greatest detail. The tilting touchscreen LCD screen and Touch AF function also enables me to shoot from both high and low angles, opening up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to creative expression.
Weddings I shoot are usually held in dimly-lit places, and the D850’s ability to autofocus quickly and accurately down to -4 EV ensured that I did not miss any important moments. Another aspect that I particularly liked was the large optical viewfinder, which features Nikon’s highest magnification of 0.75x and is very comfortable to look through.
The technologies in modern DSLRs are certainly very helpful to professional photographers as they make it easier to achieve good shots. To me, however, a great camera is one that is able to help the photographer bring his or her visions and imaginations to life, and the Nikon D850 has allowed me to do just that. As such, I can safely say that the D850 is one of the best cameras I have used thus far.
Born in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1987. Supawat graduated with a degree in engineering but chose the path of a photographer instead, and started off shooting landscapes and travel. Sometime after, he started working as a freelance photographer and has been shooting weddings for the past 9 years. His unique style of photos involves getting couples to pose with magnificent landscapes in the background.