Wedding Photography Equipment
Wedding Photography Equipment
Here at Weddit, we’ve touched upon the subject of wedding photography equipment and what photography equipment in general, a professional wedding photographer is expected to carry with them. In this post, we’re going to be a little bit more specific about the type of equipment that should be used on a paying gig and which models are better for photographing a wedding as a profession. So, if you want to learn what wedding photography equipment you should be carrying with you, be sure to check out this post and stay tuned until the end!
#1: Choosing A Camera - The choice of camera can be a contentious one for wedding photographers. There’s lots to bear in mind including how heavy the camera is, the lenses which are available for it, how sturdy the camera is, and the kind of photography you’ll be demonstrating as part of your wedding photography package. Most photographers tend to find that a full-frame camera is the best option for wedding photography as full-frame sensors can cope well with low light and they also tend to pick up the most detail and create beautiful shallow depth of field effects.
The lens ranges for Canon and Nikon systems are great for wedding photography, so many professional photographers tend to stick with these brands when purchasing a camera. There is a good range of choices for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs, including the Nikon D810, Nikon D5, Canon 1DXMark II and Canon EOS5DMark IV. Most wedding photographers will also have a second camera in their arsenal. This means that they don’t need to swap lenses all the time and you can rely on one if the other fails for whatever reason. Some people stick with two of the same model, while others will have one camera which is cheaper than the other to cut down on costs. It’s not a bad idea if you ask us!
#2: Camera Lenses – As a wedding photographer you’re likely to be shooting a fairly wide range of subjects, you’re going to need a seriously diverse range of glass. So, the top of the list will probably be a full complement of prime lenses. 35mm and 50mm are great lengths for “documentary” style shots, while an 85mm lens is a classic portrait focal length. Purchasing attachable lenses is on the top of our Wedding Photography Equipment list.
You may also want to consider a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens which will give you a good range of focal lengths without the need to swap lenses every time you’re photographing from a new distance. The maximum aperture is not quite as wide as prime lenses can offer though, so that is the downside, but hey, everything has its ups and downs.
Telephoto lenses have had multiple shout outs here on our blog and that’s because they’re invaluable for when you can’t get super close to the action, such as during the ceremony. A 70200mm lens is a classic choice for many wedding photographers, but you may want to consider purchasing a lens that zooms in even further for really beautiful shots!
#3: Equipment Bag - Many wedding photographers may equip themselves with two different camera bags which are useful at different points throughout the day. Now that’s a top tip for you! On first thought, many photographers forget to consider the camera equipment bag as a part of the wedding photography equipment that they will need, but it’s not just the bag, it’s also the accessories within the bag that you need to make a mental note of... But first, let’s talk about how you’re going to carry this stuff around with you. I mean unless you’re the hulk, which if you are then bravo by the way, but chances are you’re a normal human being with average strength and two hands free so let’s think about this from a human point of view.
You may want to use a large (or a very large) suitcase/ backpack depending on how much space your equipment takes up. There’s no need to complicate it, you just need one bag (nice and simple right?) to hold all of your gear. Just a thought, but make sure there’s somewhere suitable at the venue that you can securely leave your gear when you’re not working with it. A messenger style bag is great for walking around the ceremony and you need to quickly access a couple of different lenses or other accessories. A strap which allows you to carry two camera bodies can be a great investment too!
Other handy pieces of equipment include; a remote shutter release, lens cleaning materials and duct tape. Yes, that’s right - if it can’t be fixed with duct tape, it can’t be fixed at all! If not, duct tape is still handy to carry with you just in case!
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