What should you need for a wedding shoot
wedding photography tips
Shooting with The London Wedding Photography Company
I have been asked when on a wedding shoot what do I take a wedding shoot, & how do I decide to take what I take.
In this blog I will talking about what I take on a wedding photo shoot & why.
So I have a wedding shoot coming up. What will I decide to take with me on the shoot. This is a question I’m sure goes through the mind of all wedding photographers.
Be comfortable with all aspects of both your equipment and your planning.
You will need to decide what is absolutely needed to deliver a good quality shoot. Obviously a Camera but in a lot of professional opinions two camera bodies are required. Why simply to save time changing lenses all the time. As with any wedding photography you will simply not have the time to do so.
Second, most photographers will swear by what lenses they take. For example 70-200 f2.8 lens is a must for long distance shooting like whilst in the church or venue. If you cannot get close to the couple this lens will do this for you. And the quality of the f2.8 will ensure a sharp image, with great depth of field.
Also the 24-105mm or 24-70mm is also a big favourite with wedding photographers. It is a good quality all round lens, these would be the two main lenses attached to any photographers camera’s.
Other equipment to consider
A Wide angle lens to capture group shots, or a couple near a large structure maybe to give some negative space to the image.
A 85mm portrait lens as they are called with an amazing depth of field will capture perfect bokeh/background blur, with a pin sharp subject, However it can be a tricky lens to master due to the nature of the depth of field, so would this lens be an essential part of what you take.? Due to the weight factor and how much & what you carry your equipment in, I will talk on this in a little while.
Having a speed lite I feel is very important as you will encounter low light environments either during the day if the weather turns dark & gloomy or indeed during the evening reception if you are indeed covering this also. A good speed lite/flash will help put fill light into otherwise darker areas of where your shooting, and remember to bounce the flash (providing it has a swivel head) off the walls and ceilings also remembering to make sure the walls are as white as can be bouncing flash off of coloured walls other than white will make your subjects look the same colour as that wall or ceiling. There are also bounce diffusers and Magmod system style accessories that can also help you with flash photography.
Camera straps/harnesses, bags/modules
I have recently noticed and discovered that when I go to a wedding shoot the last thing I want to do is have two cameras on standard camera straps around my neck, for one thing if your shooting all day it will not do your neck or back any good, the answer I found is a duel strap/harness that you can hang two camera off very comfortably, this to me is one of the most important pieces of equipment other than the camera themselves that I will not be without, they are cheap enough to purchase from ebay or good camera stores.
The second is whilst on a shoot and you have decided what equipment to take. You want to be able to get to that equipment quickly & effectively.
So I have been using the speed belt module system from “Think tank” camera bags, a simple padded belt system adjustable that you can fit several lens and speed lite. So Instead of carrying a bulky camera bag of equipment around with me and having to keep an eye on it all the time. All the equipment I need is hanging very comfortable around my waist. The module system also comes with the silent Velcro system so you can effectively mute out the sound of the Velcro tearing sound. Idea for when you are in the church an need to be unobtrusive & quiet as possible. Also a good option for back sufferers.
- The equipment I will always take with me, thinking that I am always looking to travel as lite as possible will be.
- 2x DSLR bodies “attached to duel harness”
- 24-70mm attached to one camera
- 70-200mm attached to the other camera
- In the speed belt module system
- 17-40mm wide angle
- 85mm portrait
- 2x Speed lites with either light modifier or diffuser
- Think tank speed belt module system this includes 4 modules to carry my extra lens as two will be already attached to the camera’s (with still room to hold batteries and speed lite battery pack, camera batteries, business cards, mobile phone, memory cards.
So with everything safely around my waist there will be no fear of losing or misplacing items.
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