Back few years ago I challenge my self to shoot a wedding with an old DSLR camera and today I wanna share to you about the Nikon D7100 review for shooting glamorous wedding in Indonesia. For over than 5 years I using Canon camera starting the 1st generation of EOS 5D and EOS 7D but in 2013 I sell all my canon camera and move to Nikon system. Actually there is no special reasons about it but I just only want to try another camera brand.
I use Nikon D800 and Nikon D7100 right now but on this wedding shooting I challenge my self to use the Nikon D7100 as my prime camera over and over again during 16 hours wedding and I wanna share to you the result as well.
Dear lovely people my name is Bima and I’m a photographer who focusing my services on destination wedding photography, anyway thank you for keep in touch with me and stumble upon my blog, if you are a photographer than you could see my tips and tricks related to wedding and portrait here in this blog.
How is the Experience of Holding D7100 in My Chubby Hand
By the way I’m 176 cm tall and 96kg weight guy so I got chubby hand that really need good hand grip and that’s why I’m still using the DSLR better than the mirrorless camera like Fuji X-T3 even I even use it will shooting for travel photo stock in Singapore back few months ago.
D7100 is quite smaller if comparing with my Nikon D800 so in this case I still got my own little finger don’t hold anything while shooting, sometimes it’s quite dangerous for big guy like cause it might be slippery. But I know that this camera is built for everyone who love photography no matter you are an old lady, freshman in photography career or even using it for traveling.
If you are a big guy like me and love photography or gonna start your wedding photographer career than I still recommend you to buy this camera on Amazon or the closest store nearby your home cause the photo result are extremely amazing!
Nikon D7100 Real Photo Result
On this part I’m gonna show to you the Nikon D7100 photo result so you can see directly how the photo looks like.
Shooting for Wedding Details
I shoot my couple wedding rings in an oriental glass box, there is a pink satin fabric as its cover so it looks so beautiful. So what I did on this frame is put the rings right in the centre of the box (above the pink satin fabric) than using my flash camera phone as a fill in light (see the white flare light behind the box).
When you shoot continues flash light from your smartphone and you got a pink satin fabric which is reflected than you will see pink ambiance light surrounding the box, you must try this technique and voila!!! I got this pictures.
Shooting for Preparation
When I shoot this preparation it was like 5 am and I got my beautiful bride, Marcia was done for the hair do, she looks gorgeous by the way!
I’m in a dark suite room and only got the lights from bed lamp and some down light yellow room lamp so I set the ISO on 1600 and put my lens on f2.8 and this is what I got. So I’m not using any on or off camera flash on this frame so I want to shoot fast and let my bride naturally move as she want.
Shooting with ambiance light and high iso like this will affected to noise on the dark side so if you could see in the detail than you will see noise effect surrounding Marcia’s face but since I love noise effect than it’s fine. For me noise is a classic effect that I still got from an old camera and it comes naturally so I think at this digital camera era than I want to keep the noise as my photography style.
Shooting at Ceremony inside the Church
Shooting in wedding ceremony is quite challenging cause there is no repetition during moments. I must set my camera in normal speed and make sure to hold the f number on 2.8 so I got sharp images and blur background.
Look at this picture above, superb moment! I found Marcia hug her father after the ceremony and I saw her mother look at her and give a nice smile when see her two lovely person hug each other, it was fantastic!
I shot with 1/60 exposure time and f2.8 lens and it comes sharp, it’s perfect moment after all!
My Honest Nikon D7100 Review for Shooting Glamorous Wedding
If you just start your photographer career or simply love photography than I highly recommend you to buy this camera, it’s quite small so you can keep in your sling shoulder bag. Nikon is sharp and make sure you set the file size before you shoot cause Nikon default camera setting will set the M fine size almost similar with Canon L fine size.
So when I shoot with the Nikon D7100 and put my images on lightroom than I got around 10MB for each photo which great for my album presentation even if my couple want to print it in big wall print. If you want to buy this camera on Amazon than there are some accessories that I suggest too such as:
- Camera bag – you must need it to keep your camera and some lenses save and on that link I share few bags that less than $50
- Tokina ATXAF116DXIIN 11-16mm f/2.8 for Nikon – this entry level lens is cheap and sharp, I proof it my self
Overall if you just begin your career than you can buy these awesome gears with less than $1000 which is good for your business budget.
After all I hope you get inspiration about what I share today and let me know your comment if you got another experience of using Nikon D7100 or want to ask more about this topic. Lets keep in touch and I will see you around!