Among the cool things that have happened this year was that Nikon was kind enough to feature my work in an advertisement in the March 2013 issue of Rangefinder Magazine. It was a great honor to be recognized such a distinguished industry leader. It was also nice to see a few of my couples get some exposure.
Here’s the text from the ad:
As a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International since 2003, Greg Gibson is a frequent speaker and instructor at WPPI events. He’s served as a judge in the WPPI print competition and as chairman of its photojournalism category. For many years, he was a highly regarded news photographer with the Associated Press and other top agencies, sharing Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of large-scale world events. Had anyone suggested back then that he would one day earn accolades for wedding photography, he says, he would have laughed.
Gibson’s first wedding job happened almost by accident in 2003, and he surprised himself with how much he enjoyed it. With wedding photojournalism coming into vogue, his skills were a perfect match and his background provided instant credibility. He actually had clients hire him to shoot their wedding because he’d photographed the president. Ten years into his second profession, Gibson has been named Washington DC’s Best Wedding Photojournalist by Washingtonian Magazine and listed among the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine.
“My journalism background is definitely what sets me apart,” Gibson says. “I worked in many high-pressure situations as a news photographer and as a result it takes a lot to rattle me.” Weddings can indeed be stressful—if happy— affairs, and the ability to think quickly on one’s feet is a must. “You need gear you can depend on,” he says. “That’s why I like Nikon. I can comfortably put the camera in an automatic mode and know that my exposures will be on the money.” Along with the distinctive style and vitality he brings to his work, Gibson has an exceptional ability to capture fleeting moments of beauty, and his eye for fashion adds glamour to the drama of his imagery. He usually carries three Nikon D4 cameras, fitted with AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G, and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G lenses respectively. He loves the D4 for its speed, accuracy and big, bright full-frame viewfinder. With no equipment worries, he’s free to work his magic.
THE TOOLS OF A TRADE
For bridal portraiture, where maximum file size and detail are of supreme importance, Gibson considers the Nikon D800 unbeatable. “The whopping 36 megapixel files have a depth and dimension you just don’t see with other cameras,” he says. The D800 came through beautifully for the image here of a bride stepping out of a lovely old stable at twilight. Gibson cranked the ISO up to 3200 and nailed five good frames before the light faded.
For the evening image of newlyweds leaving the National Cathedral, Gibson relied on the low light performance of his Nikon D3S to do the math on the exposure while he composed the shot. “When I saw the gorgeous twilight sky with the spires lit up and the Rolls parked with the headlights on,” he says, “I knew there was a picture there.” To capture a spontaneous kiss after a wedding at Georgetown University, Gibson grabbed his D4, which despite a very narrow depth of field handled both the focus and the exposure impeccably.
“As a professional you have to know your gear inside and out,” Gibson says. “But you also have to be able to trust that when you pick it up in a hurry to grab that fleeting image, the camera will perform. I know I can always count on my Nikon cameras. And the D4 is simply the best professional camera made for wedding photographers.”
And here are the individual images: