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Top Of The Best Wedding Albums Reviewed In 2018Last Updated March 1, 2019
№1 – GnD Heart-Shaped Leather Cover Scrapbook DIY Photo Album,Perfect as Wedding Guest Book/Anniversary Gift
№2 – Woodmin Our Adventure Book DIY Scrapbook Album Wedding Guestbook Anniversary Photo Album (Brown, 80 pages)
№3 – Pioneer Collage Frame Embossed “Wedding” Sewn Leatherette Cover Photo Album, Ivory
Emphasize the story.
A huge canvas print might show the bride’s stunning dress, the groom’s wingtip shoes, and the epic location. But they don’t show the handmade centerpieces, the thoughtful favors, the signatures drinks, the guests laughing, the blackmail-worthy dancing photos. Those details are a huge part of the story — and if they’re not hanging on your client’s wall, where are they? Without an album, they could linger on a USB for…well, forever. If you shoot documentary-style weddings or lifestyle portraits, you’re not selling images — you’re telling a complete story of their life at that particular moment. Albums are a natural extension of that. “I sell albums because my shoots tell a story,” says Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman of JellyBean Pictures in New York. “Shots of bookcases, hair ties, and favorite stuffed lovies wouldn’t stand alone. But sew them in with the child they represent, and you have that child’s story — a story that deserves to be placed in a book and not just on a hard drive.”
Jacket- things to look for are ring wear- when the jacket starts to visibly wear around the vinyl inside, mold- usually from being stored in a damp basement for years, seam splits- when the seams, uh, split, and general wear and tear including anything from water damage to writing (usually the original owner’s name). The good news, for the beginning collector, is that a record with clean vinyl and a damaged jacket will often sell for much less than an all around very good to near mint record. Which brings us to…
Grading- if you start buying records you will start to encounter grading. This can be especially important if you are buying online. Since you can’t inspect the record in person, and condition is critical in determining what you will pay for a record, you will have to rely on trusted sellers that adhere to standardized grading. Most sellers follow the Goldmine grading standards which you can find here. In general I would recommend only buying records with a VG+ or better grade for the vinyl and then relying on the pictures and description for the jacket. Still, always assume what you are buying is probably a grade lower than what is listed. VG+ means the vinyl looks and plays well. Not like new but pretty close.
Also, it is important to make sure you are comparing apples to apples in terms of pressing and condition. So on to pressings…
You will spend years collecting vinyl and still have trouble determining a true “first” press. But over time you will build a sense for pressings. If the album is originally from the 60s then the original vinyl was pretty thick, the record label looks nicely dated, might even have a street address, the jacket is thicker cardboard (unless UK/Europe then it will be really thin and glossy), the sleeve will show albums from the same time period (if the sleeve has stuff from the 70s then chances are it’s a re-press from the 70s). If it is mono then it is almost always an original or early pressing. Mono wasn’t regularly pressed except for AM radio after 196or so. One really simple rule of thumb is- vintage pressings (pre late 70s) will NEVER have a bar code on the jacket.
Earlier pressings are generally more valuable for a few reasons. They sound better, they “feel” better (the heavy vinyl, etc) and they often have details to the artwork that later pressings dropped for reasons of expense, etc. For instance, the original pressings of Neil Young’s “Harvest” and “Tonight’s The Night” albums have jackets that are soft and almost furry and have a big inside lyric sheet (as do many of his original vinyl releases). Later pressings are shiny and don’t always have that big lyric sheet. When you compare those two records, visually and sonically, you can really appreciate the original and that’s why it costs more. The further you get from the source, generally speaking, the less authentic the experience.
First, it is an industry that is made up of multiple smaller enterprises like caterers, wedding consultants, dresses, various beauty suppliers (hair, makeup), photographers, favors/bridesmaids gifts, music, honeymoon related, etc. While the industry as a whole represents a lot of money, each of the component parts is much smaller — some smaller than others.
These smaller composite suppliers can be very local and likely will be small and privately owned — traditionally the types of businesses that do not necessarily report financial information to any agency other than the IRS. This is in sharp contrast to larger industries, comprised on many public companies which are required to file with the SEC making it much easier to find information. These larger industries also affect the economy as a whole on a much more obvious scale, also making it easier
How far in advance should I start shopping for a gown and when should I order it by? “Start shopping nine to 1months prior to your wedding date. Designer gowns should be ordered six to nine months in advance to ensure that there is enough time for delivery and alterations,” said Mara Urshel.
Is the salon reputable? Do they have professional, knowledgeable consultants? What designers and styles do they carry?
Before you start booking appointments at bridal salons, check their business bureau rating, read online reviews and ask newlyweds where they got their dress and what their experience was like. It’s crucial to find out how many years they’ve been in business, especially in these unstable economic times.
Do they have experienced consultants that know the designers in the industry? “A good consultant should be knowledgeable in the areas of fabric, design detail, silhouettes and more…they will help you select a gown that will enhance your figure and flatter your strong points,” said Cristina DeMarco.
She advises that the salon should also select complementary dresses for your reception venue. (A cathedral train has no place on a sandy beach ceremony, nor would a simple sheath fit in at a huge ballroom gala, although there’s always exceptions.) That’s why it’s imperative to find out what kind of designers they carry — “you may also want to know if they carry eveningwear for the mother of the bride and groom, bridesmaid dresses, veils, headpieces, jewelry, undergarments and shoes,” said DeMarco.
Do I need an appointment to select bridal gowns? How much time do I have for my consultation?
Salon policies vary; Kleinfeld is appointment-only and books about four weeks in advance. Normally, a bridal consultation can be anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. “Time permitting, you will be able to select your veil, headpiece and accessories in one appointment. If not, make sure the gown sample will be available to try on at a later date,” advises Urshel.
Meet the Experts
Mara Urshel has more than 30 years of experience developing and marketing luxury merchandise, and is one of the best-known and respected executives in the retail apparel industry. During her 20-year tenure with Saks Fifth Avenue, she pioneered the development of Saks’ successful women’s private label brands and introduced many designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan, Perry Ellis, Michael Kors and others. Ms. Urshel extended her illustrious career to include ownership and management of Kleinfeld Bridal. Since purchasing the famed bridal store with Ronald Rothstein and Wayne Rogers, Kleinfeld has enjoyed surging sales and success under Ms. Urshel’s hands-on management, which emphasizes unparalleled customer service. She currently devotes all of her time to managing the Kleinfeld business along with Rothstein, and has been involved in all aspects of planning, building and launching the 35,000-square foot Kleinfeld flagship store in Manhattan as well as expanding the Kleinfeld brand nationally and internationally.
While there are many knowledgeable professionals in the bridal industry, there are few that possess the kind of unparalleled expertise, skill and passion as
Bridal Reflections ’ Vice President Cristina DeMarco. Bridal Reflections is New York’s premier family-owned bridal salon, with two locations on Long Island as well as on Manhattan’s prominent Fifth Avenue. It has come to be known as a second home to Cristina, where for over 2years, she has served brides worldwide seeking the foremost American and international designers. From choosing the latest high-end gowns hot off the runway to attending a bride’s last-minute dress details, Cristina has developed a talent for discovering new designers and trends. She has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20 with Barbara Walters, and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. She has also dressed celebrity brides such as MTV personality LaLa Vasquez, Olympic Gold medalist Sanya Richards and Bachelor star Tara Durr. Cristina currently resides on Long Island with her husband.
Full-Frame DSLR Camera
If you are shooting weddings, you need an excellent full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Nikon D810, Nikon D750, or Sony A7R II are cameras of choice for most professional wedding photographers. While the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has been replaced by the Canon EOS 5D Mark V, it is still an extremely popular choice.
The answer is that professional gear will capture more high quality shots in low light than a consumer grade DSLR or mirrorless camera does. Weddings are often in poorly lit (for photographic needs anyways) chapels, halls, and even homes. The larger sensor gives a full frame camera an edge in getting shots in low light at a lower ISO.
Don’t overlook the medium format Pentax 645z. Petapixel just called it a wedding photographer’s dream camera.
Everything you have read in other reviews is true. The image quality is just jaw dropping. The files are big, colourful and full of detail. The dynamic range is through the roof and the files are a pleasure to edit — they can be pushed to the most ridiculous extremes.
The depth of field is beautiful. On smaller sensor systems the DoF drops off near instantly when using fast aperture tele lenses. On medium format you just get this beautiful roll off to the out of focus regions. I just can’t get enough of this look.
New to the party is the Fujifilm GFX 50S. It is the first medium format mirrorless camera. Smaller and lighter than the Pentax 645z, it offers high resolution, incredible low light capabilities and dynamic range.
Ask if any of these three scenarios seem likely to you. Then ask yourself if you want to explain what happened to the bride and groom or if you would rather go over to your case and pick up your backup camera and keep working like nothing happened.
Fast Prime Lenses
Can you have too fast of a lens in your bag? So many Canon shooters lust after the Canon 50mm f/1.as it is such a wide open and amazing lens. For this lens, you need to practice on how to use it when shooting it wide open. The depth of field is so shallow that if you miss the focus even a bit, you are looking at spoiled shots and even a spoiled wedding. I once had a customer in tears because her friend had shot her wedding with this lens and missed focus on most of the photos. While her shoulder was in focus, her face was blurred out. There was nothing we could do.
If you are a Canon shooter, one lens that you will really want is the Canon EF 135mm F/2.0L USM lens for portraits and head shots. Most Nikon photographers are all lusting over the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f1.4E ED which has quickly earned the reputation as one of the best portrait lenses on the market. Sony Ausers are in love with the Sony FE 85mm F1.GM, a lens that DXO Mark has tested as one of the sharpest lens in the world.
You need a wide angle zoom lens for large families and wedding parties, the ceremony with all the guests in attendance, or the first dance. Not all weddings are large affairs. Some parts may be in hotel suites, homes, or even at the pub. Your 50mm may be ideal for a hall but in a small room, a 11mm focal length may save that part of the day.
You need them to capture the details in rings, dresses, flowers, and even capturing the texture of wedding licenses. Most macro lenses can pull double duty as portrait lenses. Depending on the venue, they are often an ideal focal length for that.
Fisheye lenses are popular because they capture an image covering 180 degrees with increasing barrel distortion toward the edges of the frame. The 180 degrees image can cover half a room making it ideal to take in the entire room or give a unique look at the dance.
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
The flash is one things but batteries are the key here. Make sure you are using some excellent batteries like rechargable Energizer lithium ion batteries. You can get batteries and a charger together in a pack and extra batteries to go along with them. Remember that most rechargable batteries are only good for about 500 charges. They will need to be replaced.
So Plan B would be some Energizer Lithium batteries. They can power flashes and many battery grips. If you are reduced to Plan B, better make sure it works. These will.
Small Location Monolights and LEDs
The Profoto B500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash has fast performance extensive output, and TTL integration. It has quickly become many wedding photographers most desired products of 201and yes, they can be ordered in from Don’s Photo.
If you are looking for a continuous LED lighting kit, take a look at the ProMaster VL380 LED Studio Light Kit.
Some photographers have strong opinions on battery grips. Some love the flexibility, extra battery life, and and a secondary set of controls which make shooting portrait orientation easier. You can get them for almost all pro or prosumer cameras. The negative aspect is the bulk and weight that can causing aching feet, knees, back and wrists in the morning. Like most things in a photographers camera bag, there is a tradeoff you need to wrestle with. If you are concerned with the cost of some manufacturers grips, stop into your local Don’s Photo and ask about Promaster grips. They offer the same features and design but at a fraction of the price.
Tripods and Monopods
Experienced wedding photographers include a medium duty tripod and a monopod in their kit. For those times when you need to get great photos in natural light, tripods can make a huge different. The FotoPro C5i Tripod with FPH52Q Ball Head and Velbon Sherpa 200R are both great choices. The Velbon Sherpa 200R is also a favorite amongst video shooters.
The first guide I ever heard sugging clamps made me wonder but photographers I talked to raved about them.
Clamps are super because they’ll hold cameras, lights and practically anything else in place securely without requiring an assistant.
There are bannisters, railings, tables and cupboards that can all be used. Photographers use them to hold a remotely triggered camera in place in the balcony; positioning a spotlight, securing lights or flash units above the corners of a dance floor to achieve wide-area coverage. A great example is the Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp with Standard Stud.
What do you carry it all in? One question you need to ask is if you want a rolling bag or a large backpack? Do you want your gear with you all of the time or can you place your gear in a pew or office in the church or hall? For bags the decision on which one to get is as much about how you work rather than getting a certain kind of gear.
Other Gear to Consider
It gets crazy when you think about all of the other non camera gear you will need. Water bottles, comfortable dress shoes, pants that one can move around with. A charger or battery back for your cell phone. The list keeps going on an on and on. Carefully consider what you are going to need and make sure you need it.
Why travel with a mirrorless camera and not a DSLR
When it comes to performance, Sony’s mirrorless cameras’ image quality and noise performance are highly regarded. They deliver professional image quality and camera performance without the need for the bulky reflex mirror, cutting a huge amount of size and weight from the camera design. It also enhances camera operation; without the need to move a mirror back and forth for every frame, allowing to achieve extremely high frame-rates with constant autofocus. While the autofocus performance of mirrorless cameras are pretty average in the past, Sony has put a lot of effort in this area and now the latest mirrorless Sony RX1R II offers up to 39phase detect AF points. Check out this blog post on why mirrorless cameras are here to stay.
The problem with Sony mirrorless cameras is that there are so many models out there. The older models are not discontinue, you can still buy the old models from four years ago new. This completely confuses users who are not familiar with cameras and their specs. Hopefully, this guide will help you to choose the right camera and explain their differences.
Sony AII – 24MP standard full frame interchangeable lens camera with AA filter, 1080p HD. This is a great camera for all purposes.
Sony A7R II – 42MP high resolution full frame interchangeable lens camera with no AA filter and 4K video capability. Equipped with a high resolution sensor this camera is great for capturing the details, such as landscape, detail portraits and studio work.
Sony A7S II – 12MP full frame interchangeable lens camera with superb high ISO performance. It has AA filter with base ISO extends two stops more than the other models up to 102,400. It also has on sensor phase detection for improve AF performance. This camera is great for weddings or fast action photography where you are operating in the higher ISO territory.
Each Sony camera is designed to target a certain audience and has its own distinct features that separate from other models, but it can be over whelming when all of these cameras (a total of 18) are presented to you at once. When you are buying a camera, it is important to ask yourself which camera format is suitable for you: DSLR, mirrorless or compact camera. Each has its own advantages and if you are unsure about choosing between DSLR or mirrorless, check out these two posts
Choosing the right camera
Why travel with a mirrorless camera and not a DSLR ). Personally, I would recommend the following cameras depending on your budget and personal needs. Check out the decision chart below to help you with weighting price versus image quality for each Sony camera.
Sony RX1R II
Sony RX100 IV – If you want the best compact camera and don’t mind the price tag, this is it. But it is more expensive than the Sony a6000 which offers better image quality, so get this if size matters.
Sony RX100 III – If size matters and you want a small compact camera while still able to take good quality images, this is a highly regarded compact camera with EVF and many advance features. It is not as expensive as the Sony RX100 IV while still have the majority of the advance features.
Sony a6000 – If you don’t need the luxury of full frame, but still want to have good image quality, APS-C cameras are a good choice. The Sony a6000 is a great performer at a very good price. It is cheaper than other counterparts from Fujifilm, Olympus.
Sold in packs of 10, these sturdy plastic dividers can be a very helpful accessory for any record collection. They help keeping records organized and easy to find by alphabet, music genre or any other cataloging system. The dividers easily slide between records either horizontally or vertically, so they’ll work great both on a shelf storage or in a record crate. The tabs are fairly sized and you can write notes on them with a pencil, marker pen or use adhesive-backed printed labels.
Now playing stand
This stylish, high quality Ikea Rimforsa Tablet Stand makes an ideal “now playing” record stand and can be placed on any flat surface or hanged on the wall. Made from stainless steel and bamboo, it has a width of 1/4″ so it leaves space on both sides of a record to grab it in any position. When not in use in a listening environment it can be utilized for its original purpose as tablet or even book stand. Here is an example of the stand holding a record cover.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Wedding Albums wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Wedding Albums
- №1 — GnD Heart-Shaped Leather Cover Scrapbook DIY Photo Album,Perfect as Wedding Guest Book/Anniversary Gift
- №2 — Woodmin Our Adventure Book DIY Scrapbook Album Wedding Guestbook Anniversary Photo Album (Brown, 80 pages)
- №3 — Pioneer Collage Frame Embossed “Wedding” Sewn Leatherette Cover Photo Album, Ivory