Lim always carries the Canon 20D with a wide-angle (10-22mm Canon EFS) lens setup and a 20D with a portrait or telephoto (Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 or Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L) lens setup to avoid having to change lenses. Battery grips on both cameras serve two purposes: one, he doesn’t have to worry about putting in new batteries; and two, the grip assists in taking portrait-orientation photos.
“I like to use two of the same camera because then all the buttons and controls are the same. The 20D is a great tool for wedding work. It produces professional quality, and will not break the bank. I’ve become accustomed to the 1.6x crop and use it to my advantage.”
Lim utilizes Hitachi 4GB and Seagate 5GB microdrive cards to avoid switching cards or running out of space.
During weddings, he uploads all files to his removable hard drives and burns a copy on DVDs. “I give a copy to my clients and hand them all their wedding pictures preloaded on an Apple video iPod, which they can carry around in a purse to ‘show off’ their wedding pictures slideshow and transfer files to any computer. I include source files with my packages and charge my clients for them. This way, there are always three copies of every image.”
To create imagery that appears natural and spontaneous, he adds a lot of “prompted reality” moments to his sessions. “I try to capture the spirit of an individual. That’s hard to do when you’re first learning portraiture, but it becomes easier as your skills improve.”
When it comes to creating these prompted reality moments that portray natural and spontaneous images, Lim finds himself in a class by himself.