What is gamut and why the gamut should you care?

Have you ever taken a great photo but when you had it printed it just did not look as great as it did on your computer or phone? Well this will help you understand what happened.

 

I will be honest for a long time I was not really sure I understood gamut and the colour spectrum but then while studying photography at university it became more relevant. You see the thing is that all light has a colour, and how we measure that and then reproduce it can greatly affect photography and how an image is reproduced or printed.

 

The basics of the light spectrum are that there is visible and invisible. At either end the invisible would be ultraviolet which as you know is the rays of the sun that cause sunburn, and at the other end you have infrared. This is all measured in nanometers. The visible spectrum is actually quite small and is only between 400 nm and 700nm, and as you can see from the diagram below that is just a snippet. This is what the human eye can see.

Examples of different colour of light are simply things like sodium lighting, florescent lighting, and with the advent of led lighting you can actually buy specific colour of bulbs. Our eyes are incredible and it reads the colour of light and our brains process it so if we are not trained to see the colour of the light we will simply not notice it. In photography our cameras have become smarter but they are still a way behind our brains.

 

How our digital cameras interpret the light depends on the sensor, the white balance. For the most part the idea being to get a true white, which is why sometimes your colours do not reproduce as you would expect.

 

The human eye can actually distinguish about 10 million different colours, the average digital camera can see about 30% less, and now our monitors and phones can see that too. The advantage to our monitors and phones is they are also back lit with light which gives us added brightness.

 

I have added a diagram of the colour gamut, and it shows where your camera and monitors are in the dynamic range as well as printers.

 

So where am I going with this? Bear with me!

 

The printers used to print our photographs have yet to really come on with technology, they reproduce even less of the colours in the spectrum than the screen or camera.

 

So, if you are going to make the investment in a good wedding or portrait photographer to capture you then it is well worth investing in purchasing prints from them. A professional photographer will use a professional printer. A professional printer uses the best technology and paper to create a print that not only is representative of you but will last a life time.

 

I also believe that by continuing to invest in printing photographs will mean the industry is able to invest in building the technology so that we will be able to reproduce even more colours.

The A to Z of wedding photography

For the first blog post of 2019 I thought I would have a little fun and offer you my version of the abc’s wedding photography. Some of it is a little advice for the bride planning her wedding and some is just tongue and cheek but why not have a read and let me know what you think and what your abc’s would be!

 

A – aisle, that walk up the aisle, take it slow and enjoy it so many people march up it and I am not a sports photographer if you want me to capture it, walk slow look up and enjoy it!

B – bad weather, people spend so much time worrying about it but actually the only weather I cannot work with is gale force winds

C – ceremony, it will be over quicker than you think so enjoy it

D – Décor – this can really make the photos but can be simple and elegant or as colourful as your personality

E – extra time, give yourself and us plenty of time to create those beautiful photos you want, rushing it only makes a camera-shy person more nervous

F – Fun we like to have a lot of fun when we are capturing your wedding, making the day even more special

G – Groups, many say they do not want them but I always get a long list of them, they take up a lot of your reception drinks time so my advice is to keep them to a maximum of 8 or make your reception drinks longer than 90 min

H – Happy people do not need to be told to smile, we never tell you to smile!

I – Images we want to create the most beautiful images of you that you have ever seen

J – Joy, we hope that you have a lot of this on your wedding day and being married

K – Keepsakes your photos are the first family keepsakes that the two of you will have as your own family

L – light this s the most important part of wedding photography, we either need to find it, use it or create it to make the real magic

M- music, get the right music with either the right band or DJ and you will have a packed dance floor. I cannot get those great dancing shots without it!

N – Nervous, we all get a nervous before the walk down the aisle or giving a speech so give yourself a break and let us take some photos and take your mind off it

O – outfits, you planned and organised all the dresses and suits so why not let me pose you so that I can really make the most of those outfit

P – photographer, that’s me obviously!

Q- Questions, make sure you ask lots of them, there is no such thing as a silly question!!!

R – Reception – this will be dominated by the caterers with your wedding breakfast but make sure you leave time for some fun

S – Silhouette – I love if I can to get an amazing silhouette photo

T – Thank you cards, we can create an amazing thank you card for you using your photos

U – Unforgettable, your day will be but the photos we take will help you remember all the details that will fade with time

V – Veil – if you are on the fence about getting one then let me tell you, yes definitely!

W – wedding planning, I am happy to help with any questions you may have with any part of it not just the photography!

X – Xtra we always like to give you a little xtra

Y –You your wedding day is about the two of you, make sure you don’t get caught up on pleasing others

Z – zoom, your whole day will zoom past so make sure you take time to just enjoy it!

Ironmongers Hall wedding ceremony for Emma & Colin

For the last blog post of the year I am sharing the very elegant December wedding of Emma and Colin. The wedding ceremony was held at the extraordinary Ironmonger Hall in Barbican. With its wood paneling and magnificent chandaliers and impressive staircase it certainly added an air of occasion to the wedding.

Colin arrived in a vintage Police car which had to pull up in front of a more modern police van which added to the fun! With black tie and family tartan Colin was ready to great the guests before Emma’s arrival in London black taxi ( although a white version for the occasion) !

After the ceremony guests were treated to surprise transport on London buses through the lights of Oxford Street and Regent Street  before taking them on to The Reform Club on the Mall for the evening reception. As you can see Jayne my second shooter managed to get a few images of the second bus on route with the lights. 

With an imposing gold and glass cieling and balcony to view it from guest had pre dinner drinks before we managed to capture a big group photo!

With a beautiful reception room to dine in and a band to kick off the dancing we captured the day which seem to fly by at an incredible pace before departing and leaving the guests to enjoy the rest of their evening.

 

Lion Inn Winter Wedding for Fran & Josh

So, it was back in action with the wonderful Michelle from Bumblebee Bridal again from Fran and Josh’s Lion Inn wedding. Always a pleasure to work with friends but even more so when the beautiful bride is also one.

 

With a brisk November day, we cracked on with the morning preparations for the delightful afternoon service before taking a few fun wedding photos in the courtyard and the stunning interior of the Lion Inn Boreham.

 

With a small gathering of close friends and family this intimate winter wedding the Lion Inn is the perfect venue for the warm and cosy feeling. Complete with open wood fires and an art deco styled bar the Lion Inn is a unique Chelmsford Wedding venue. Known for the restaurant and superb food the food for Fran & Josh’s wedding was the perfect refection on a cool winter day.

 

I have shared just a few of the images I captured of the day and if you are looking for a Chelmsford wedding photographer to capture your wedding why not give me a call to book a consultation.

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