Shooting a wedding is a huge responsibility. It’s either you get an applause or get cursed! You may have the fanciest camera and the skills to cover a wedding ceremony but it does not end there. If you want to achieve sharp, well-composed, and emotion drawn images then don’t let talents work alone. You need the right pieces of equipment!
We are determined to give every love story a much happy ending photos. So we never settled for inadequate gears that will just result to only imperfect and unmodified images. As experienced photographers, we have run down the perfect pieces of equipment that worked for us be it for covering a simple wedding or an extravagant one.
Full frame camera that reigns
It doesn’t matter if you are pro-Canon or pro-Nikon, as long as you have two full frame cameras with you. Still depends on your budget but you can already purchase high-quality cameras like Canon EOS 5D or Nikon D750 at a most reasonable price. These kinds of camera bodies are mostly used by professionals when covering intimate gatherings such as weddings. Both have incredible focusing system, just be sure to partner it with the right lens. You also gotta earn at least a level of intermediate skills in photography to achieve that suffice photos your client would love.
Make sure to also bring a backup camera with you every single time. Having one camera body is okay as long as you are geared with two to three lenses. If you are renting your backup camera, don’t forget to practice shoot with it first. Regardless with the familiarity of its usage, you still have to feel like it was made for you.
Lenses that transcends
You will be needing at least two type of lens, one for close-ups and one for wide-shots. Here are the prime lenses you surely must have to capture not only good but great quality images.
Wide angle aperture – Perhaps one good example is the 24-70mm f/2.8 which are mostly people coined the “Wedding lens”. It has the capacity to cover the entire wedding ceremony until the after-party. Flexible is its second name, it can cover detailed shots such as groom and bride in the altar. Be very creatively experimental because of its bokeh effect you can count on.
Wide-angle zooms – Any normal weddings are intended to have group photos and the best lens for that is the 24-70mm f/2.8 or 35mm Prime lens. Best use upon group shots with all the bride and groom’s congregation portrait shots and bride’s grand arrival. You can especially use the latter lens in capturing interactions, preparations, and items pictorial such as accessories, shoes, and gifts.
You have plenty of choices with finding the right lens. To be fully prepared, we recommend to scout the wedding location first and figure out what kind of lens suits the location. Remember that lens to use also matters if it’s daylight or nighttime and if it will be held indoors or in an enclosed area.
Lighting that’s not frightening
First and foremost, research first where the wedding would take place. You can bring all your flash units and realize you won’t need it all. To save the weight of your luggage here are the lightning equipment you at least should have.
We highly recommend Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT both have a multi-flash application you can work with. Monolights and LEDs are mostly used to light up the dance floor and to cover formal portrait shoots. LEDs can wow your clients simply by techniques that can make every photo spectacular and very impressive. Experiment between adding or subtracting the light until you achieve that perfect shot.
There’s so much to elaborate for wedding photography equipment and being the wedding photographer but it all boils down with what you have in hand and saving your precious time. At David Dean Photography, you don’t have to worry about it. We are armed with photography equipment meant to be part of someone’s special day.