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If you’re a member of Kelby Online Training, then you likely already know about this great class. If you’re not, then check it out.

David Ziser, world-renowned photographer is teaching a class on everything you need to know about shooting a live wedding.

Wedding Photographer David Ziser invited the Kelby Training cameras to follow for an entire wedding shoot. His day begins with some shots of the bride getting ready, then outside for group shots, then on to the ceremony and reception. David lets viewers see his equipment choices, shot selections, lighting techniques, camera positioning, and finally, he talks about the process of choosing which images to work with in post-processing.

  1. Introduction and Equipment (06:37)
  2. Getting Started at the Bride’s House (09:56)
  3. Scenic Overlook (05:06)
  4. Outside the Church Before the Ceremony (11:12)
  5. Inside the Church (08:25)
  6. The Reception (14:52)
  7. Reviewing the Key Points (27:43)

I’ve spent most of the last 12 hours checking out the brand new Lightroom 2.0 and I’m stoked. There are about a gazillion new features to talk about in the new version, but I have selected my 10 very best favorites for us Wedding/Portrait shooters. [via Digital ProTalk]

Read the rest of the article and find out what David loves about Lightroom 2.0

David Ziser has been sharing what’s in his gear bag. I’ve come across two lenses that I really want in my bag.

The first is a wide-angle lens. I’m beginning to favor landscape photography so much that I am contemplating putting it on my business cards. David has a lens that he highly recommends–the Sigma 12-24mm lens.

I wanted that lens to take in the entire horizon line without having to resort to a fisheye lens and its inherent distortion. Well, along comes Sigma with their introduction of their 12-24mm lens a few years ago.

Read the article and see a few photos taken with this lens.

The other lens that I want to add to my gearbag is a good zoom lens. I’ve been searching for one and I am particularly intersted in the Canon IS lenses. Who doesn’t want image stablization. David has in his bag the Canon 24-105mm IS lens.

So let me quickly recap why this is one of my favorite lenses in my gear bag.

1 — I love the 24-105mm focal length range of the lens. I particularly like the 24 mm settings since I’m a wide angle nut anyway. On a full frame sensor camera, it is plenty wide to create some of the dramatic wide-angle images that I love to create.

2 — The 105mm setting is also a very convenient focal length when shooting portraits of the bride, the groom, or both of them together. It lets me get close without getting too close. At the F 4.0 setting on close up portraits, I’m still able to get the background substantially out of focus.

3 — The intermediate range of the lens also works nicely for all the wedding party group photographs letting me work very quickly in getting those images.

4 — The F4.0 aperture is certainly fast enough for me in most instances. Now, particularly with the new higher ISO cameras becoming available, F4.0 should be more than adequate.

5 — I’ve always been a huge fan of image stabilization. The image stabilization on this lens works beautifully. I have no qualms whatsoever shooting at shutter speeds as slow as 1/10th of a second – handheld. Yes, I do have my motor drive on multiple firings, but I would say, that most of the time the images are more than adequate with image stabilization working beautifully.

Read what he has to say about this zoom lens and again, see some photos taken with it.

When David Ziser, world renowned portrait and wedding photographer speaks about glass, people listen. I found a couple of articles on zoom lenses that he has used and reviewed.

First, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens.

Today we take a peek at one of my favorite lenses in my gear bag. That, my friends, is the inestimable Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS zoom telephoto. If you are a Nikon shooter, then the Nikon version is a must have lens in your gear bag for all the same reasons I’m going to state here.

Let me say flat out, this is my only choice for family portraits. Why? Because of the beautiful way it renders the background at my shooting aperture of F4.0 while still keeping the subjects tack sharp. It’s rock solid image stabilization also let’s me shoot at unheard of slow shutter speeds.

Some quick words of advice – even though this lens is available in a non-image stabilized version – spend the BIG bucks and stick with the image stabilized version – it’s worth it. If you really need to save a few bucks because of your budget, then opt for the 70-200mm F4.0 IS version of the lens – it’s still a very sharp lens in the Canon arsenal and saves you about $500. [via Digital Pro Talk]

Read the complete article to find out David’s quick hit techniques for using this lens.

Next, here’s an article on the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens.

You know as a wedding photographer, most of the “subject matter” does not go edge to edge so any sharpness fall off is of less concern for me. Also, I vignette nearly all my images in Lightroom anyway, so the vignetting that shows up in some test reports is of little concern to me. All in all, I LOVE one lens on my camera for most of the time. The bottom line is this – this focal length lets me work extremely fast and get shots I otherwise would or could miss if I was doing too many lens swaps. It also is a great lens for party candids – for this application, it is a “one size fits all” solution.

So where am I on the lens, I would have to say I’m pretty pleased with it. I want to “live with it a little longer, learning it’s nuances and idiosyncrasies, but my first impression is that it will probably replace my 17-85mm IS lens as my primary P/J shooting lens. I get to hang out with the lens for another week or two so if anything new hits me, I’ll post it here at DPT. [via Digital Pro Talk]

Read the complete review here.

Renowned wedding photographer, David Ziser has a tutorial well worth the viewing. The video shows step-by-step how he created this beautiful work of art. You’ll find the tutorial on his blog Digital ProTalk.

Yep, can you believe it, photographer David Ziser has posted an ad online:

OK, my staff talked me into posting this so here goes. We recently had one of our “digital techs” move on to brand new adventures leaving us with an opening here at David A. Ziser Photography.

The position calls for someone with a friendly personality, self motivated, and fairly proficient in Photoshop. And, I don’t mean all that fancy dancy stuff – just good technique when it comes to portrait and wedding retouching and image enhancement and be able to work at a decent speed in a production environment.

We are looking for someone who is available about 24 hours a week, but some times more when necessary. Hours are flexible, the staff is fun, and learning possibilities unlimited. Drop Jen and email at jennifer@ziser.com to arrange for an interview if you think the “fit” might be right.
OMG, what an opportunity. Check out Digital ProTalk for more information.


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    • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
    • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn