Our Favorite Cleveland, Ohio Wedding Photographers

Sam Carrington of Sam Carrington Photography has been in Cleveland wedding photography for more than a decade, he has had the pleasure of being mentored by and working with some of the most creative and innovative wedding photographers in Cleveland.

Here is a partial list of some of our favorites.

Christopher Norris of Christopher Norris Photography was one of Sam's first mentors back when Sam was at high school in Cleveland Heights. He runs a large and very efficient studio and has also created his own album software. He has been capturing beautiful brides in Cleveland for a long time!

Herbert Ascherman of Herbert Ascherman, Jr. Photography, gave Sam his start in Cleveland wedding photography. Herb is an internationally renown photographic artist who has also authored a book of his images. Herb is a creative visionary and the depth and breadth of his work reflects this.

New Image Photography, run by studio owner/photographer Jon Koslen, is another larger studio in Cleveland that employs several top-rate photographers. Sam used to be one of them! Jon is often credited for popularizing the photojournalism style of wedding photography that brides today are so fond of. Jon was one of the photographers at our wedding.

John Kieger, photographer and owner of Sussex Studios, is a long-time photographer with a wonderful creative eye. He is particularly known for his dramatic detail shots and some of his black and white detail shots from my wedding were among my favorites.

RAD Productions is the studio of Rob Drago, a really awesome up and coming photographer. In business on his own after working with other top photographers, Rob has an energetic creative style that makes his wedding photographs sparkle.

Of course, I can not complete this article without telling you about Sam Carrington Photography. Sam has been photographing weddings for over 10 years with some of the most innovative photographers in Cleveland. Although he has enjoyed that work, he is very excited to now be able to expand his own creative vision with his own studio. Sam is especially known for his fun, friendly style and wedding goers often comment on what a great presence he has in a crowd. Sam is particularly known for his fun, candid shots of dancing and other carousing and he has a particularly great time photographing after-parties.

There are, of course, many more wonderful Cleveland wedding photographers. This is just a brief sampling of some that Sam and I know well and would not hesitate to refer brides to if requested.

I hope this guide is helpful for you as you plan your Cleveland wedding and search for a Cleveland wedding photographer.

Beginner's Guide: How to Pick a Digital Camera

Nowadays, with ever cheaper prices and a wide range of camera models to choose from, anyone can be a photographer. The trick to be successful in this hobby is to find the best camera that suits your needs and activities. Here are some tips to help you decide on how to pick a digital camera:

1. Check your bank account.

The most important aspect on picking a digital camera is money. Of course, you can’t buy one if you don’t have enough money. So check your bank account and think about how much you are willing to spend for a digital camera. If you already have one in sight yet you don’t have enough cash to buy it, then wait and save some more until you can afford it.

2. Know what you Want

Knowing what you want and what you need is one of the basic keys on picking a digital camera. Answer this question first: Why do you need a digital camera, anyways? If you answer something like, “I just want to keep memories” or “I want a new hobby” or even “I’d like to make money off taking photographs” then you’re off to a good start. If you just want to capture everyday moments, family gatherings and the like, a simple point and shoot camera will suit you. If your new hobby requires you to take portraits, pictures of landscapes or mobile objects then you need a camera that caters to those needs. And if you intend to take pictures for a living, you might want to buy a camera with more sophisticated features.

3. Determine your expertise.

If you’ve just come out from under a rock and don’t know anything about much less knowing how to pick a digital camera, then you need a basic point and shoot camera with enough features that would keep you hooked and happy.

4. Does size matter?

Of course it does. If you want something that you can whip out in the instance that there’s something good to capture then a small-sized point and shoot is best for you. Leave the bulky, sophisticated cameras to the experts.

5. Video too?

If you intend to capture videos as well, you can choose from a wide variety of models with such features.

6. Check reviews

Another trick is to surf the internet for product reviews. There are tons of them. You need to be aware of different brands, products, models and the like.

7. Make a list

After you’ve checked the reviews, make a list containing the camera models, price, and features. Take note of the specifics, characteristics and flaws of each model.

8. Service centers and replacement parts.

So you’ve narrowed down your choices. What you should do next is to find out if there are service centers near you where you can go whenever something goes wrong with your new toy. You may also want to know how much repairs and parts would cost you.

The Final step!!

Deciding on one and buying it.

These are just some simple tips on how to choose a digital camera. It is better to start off with simple ones that have enough features that would help you become better. You can eventually move up in the expert photographer’s ladder once you’ve perfected basic photography.

SLR Photography tips

When you are new to photography, getting to know your SLR camera is the first best thing to do.

As you learn from tweaking the different functions and settings just to get the perfect pictures, you will also learn the fundamentals of photography.

Here are some SLR photography tips taken from photography experts. Some of these SLR photography tips can be helpful for those who are new to the career or hobby:

  1. ISO. Most SLR beginners really don’t have any idea what ISO means. It maybe the most important technical term that you have to understand about your camera. ISO means International Standardization Organization and has something to do with film speed. If you are taking pictures in dark settings or taking pictures at night or inside a poorly lit room, increasing your ISO setting can dramatically improve your photos.
  2. When facing a dark setting which is still blurry even at high ISO settings, look for something to put the camera on. Find something where you can place your for stability. This will greatly improve the camera’s steadiness in order to give a good shot.
  3. Get yourself a tripod. However, get yourself a good one! Cheap tripods will easily break, making them impractical for their low quality. Also, they might not work correctly, will easily shake with the wind, etc.
  4. Shoot pictures in RAW. RAW files are really large and can be challenging to work with. They can easily fill up the space on your hard drive but the ability to make changes to the contrast, exposure, temperature before processing the image creates a big difference. This tip is most helpful for art photographers when they still want to do modifications in order to create the best photo they can make.
  5. Photoshop. Almost all digital pictures can be enhanced by editing it. You can do things like changing sharpness, saturation, contrast, color, etc. If you think it is too much to spend on Photoshop, you can also use other free software like Google’s Picasa.
  6. Shoot plenty of photos and take advantage of the digital technology. Feel free to delete most of the images you had. When you spot something which you want to be your subject, take 6 shots of the same thing. Other pictures could be bad and you can only choose the best one and delete the others.
  7. Change perspective. When you think that you already have your subject captured and framed, try other perspectives and see the difference. You can go down on the ground and shoot from there. Or you can just set your camera on the ground and capture your subject from there to have a new perspective. You can shoot from above. Find someplace where you can stand up. Look closer. Move back. Turn around and look what’s behind? Are you not noticing something spectacular? Keep your mind open for the various ways you can make the same shot. Change the angle of your shot. Tilt your camera. Make a vertical, diagonal or horizontal shot. Crop out the heavens. Crop out the land, leaving only a very thin strip at the bottom. Change your perspective and make various versions of the same thing.
  8. Choosing your lens. It makes such a great difference when you shoot using good lenses. Experiment with different lenses and be sure that a good portion of the budget for your hobby is spent to at least one or two good lenses. Some people like lenses with flexible range of distances aside from those lenses with fixed focal rates.

Hopefully, these SLR photography tips will be of great to the amateur photographer. Just remember that regardless of where you will use your pictures, photography will always be photography.