In this article, Yabesh Photography tells you what equipment he uses as a wedding photographer.
A wedding is many hours of work, around 12 hours, where you have to carry all the equipment in tow most of the time. Also a wedding photographer, most of the time is spent in tension and stress to be prepared and avoid any moment of the wedding that may arise at the least expected moment. Suppose to all this you add that most of the time we work at more than 30 degrees.
In that case, I could tell you that one of the most important things for a wedding photographer is knowing how to optimize their photographic lighting equipment and carry the essential and indispensable with them.
Therefore, as a wedding photographer, with more than ten years of experience in reporting, I want to share the necessary and essential photographic lighting equipment that cannot be missing in your wedding report.
Suppose you are an amateur and you want to dedicate yourself professionally to be a wedding photographer. In that case, you have to know that one of the most important things for a photographer is his work tool, and therefore you will have to make a considerable investment.
If you are already a professional event photographer, this guide can help you optimize your work team with what is truly essential and avoid the unnecessary weight.
Wedding photography lighting equipment
- CHAMBER BODIES
A wedding is a significant, unique, and unrepeatable event. That is why I always recommend bringing two professional camera crews. Although it is not something highly probable, it can still be the case that the camera may fail or even, in the rush of the moment to obtain that photograph that appears suddenly, the camera may fall or hit and consequently, not to be able to continue with your wedding report, can you imagine the brown that that would entail?
To prevent this, it is essential to carry two high-end camera bodies, among other things, in addition to the quality provided by a camera with a Full Frame sensor, most have to insert a double card, another essential aspect to heal you and avoid any unforeseen event or failure that may arise with the consequent loss of the report.
Dual card insert cameras give a professional photographer extra security by automatically creating a backup.
Although most photographers use reflex cameras, in my case, two Canon 5D Mark III, many are switching to mirrorless cameras, they are much lighter and the quality that brands such as Fujifilm or Sony are offering, they have nothing to envy as before to Canon or Nikon.
When a wedding photographer has to choose the backpack where he will carry his wedding photography lighting equipment, he has to consider not making a wrong decision. The function of a backpack is not only to bring your photographic equipment. It is also to protect it, facilitate its access, and keep it safe against adverse weather conditions.
It has to be a large backpack in which you can carry all your photographic equipment. It is always better than taking two small ones and less bulky when it comes to moving freely. That it is well protected both outside and inside, having several padded compartments between them and that are adaptable to your taste and equipment.
It has to be comfortable, and you will spend a lot of time with it. I recommend that you have the back area of breathable and padded material. When you work a long time at high temperatures, you appreciate it.
That it is waterproof is a quality that you cannot miss when buying the backpack for your photographic equipment. An unexpected summer storm or off-season wedding can make your photographic gear run into the water. One of my favorite brands that I currently work with is Lowepro ProTactic.
- LENSES FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I like to do most of the fixed lens wedding reports. They are lighter, lighter, and generally of higher quality.
I also carry an all-terrain vehicle for more difficult moments of the wedding where I need more versatility, such as in church, where you don’t have as much freedom of movement, and ensure crucial moments.
However, I always combine it with a second camera body. Fixed target.
You could have an entire wedding with an all-terrain objective and lose a lot of weight.
Still, as in the case of bodies, for safety, it is convenient to carry several purposes for unforeseen events that may arise, such as a break.
Besides, in a wedding, you find very different situations and moments, where only a specific objective is unable to get 100% performance from each case, so it is always better to have the option of choosing between 3 or 4.
In my case, I have four lenses, less than I would like, but I cannot carry any more for space. Among them is a high-quality all-rounder such as the Canon 24-70mm 2.8, versatile, bright and responds well to any situation, and three very bright fixed lenses that serve me for moments of great creativity: Sigma series Art 35mm and 50mm 1.4 and Canon 100mm f / 1.2.
- FLASH OR LED LIGHTS
I only carry a Flash and an LED spotlight. However, I recommend bringing two Flashes if one fails or for some moments of the wedding, such as the dance, if you want to place two remote-controlled flashes to take more creative photographs and create a different atmosphere.
For most of my reports, I am accompanied by the videographer. For that reason, I like to carry an LED spotlight that, together with his, add a lot of light and create an atmosphere that I love, such as for outdoor banquets where you can’t bounce the flash or even at the dance so as not to cancel out the colored lights in the environment.
The truth is that I use the flash very little, most of my photographs are with very bright lenses, and I don’t need the moment. Mostly I use to creatively use the remote control with a Yongnuo shutter and illuminate only part of the frame or create creative light. I have yet to add another flash to my equipment, but I am running out of space with the LED spotlight, although I am sure that soon I will be able to make a hole for it.
- ACCESSORIES FOR THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Currently, dual card cameras allow you to carry high capacity cards and forget about it throughout the wedding (or almost). Before with single card cameras, it was preferable to accept low capacity cards to be exchanged during the wedding to ensure the church’s moments, for example, and in case of failure in the card not to lose the entire marriage, but only a part. In my case, I always carry two high-speed cards of 128gb and 4 of 64gb, plenty for a wedding in RAW format with backup without having to worry.
I always carry a spare battery for each camera. Although they are more expensive, I recommend the original ones. They last twice as long as the private label. I also carry several sets of rechargeable batteries for the flash and a shower for the LED spotlight.
When I go to a wedding alone without a videographer, I usually bring a tripod for the flash and position it to my liking and height for creative remote control photography.
I usually add a Magmod honeycomb filter to the flash. Hoya UV parasols and filters do not lack in any of my lenses, I like to have my equipment protected, and they have saved me from more than one scare!
I have to say that I have always been alone as the sole photographer to do all the wedding reports. This year, I have incorporated a second photographer into my services, and only in small weddings, I go as the sole photographer.
In addition to the extra security that comes with going with a second photographer, I want to continue improving, and that allows me to take pictures from other points of view that I couldn’t before. I hope my recommendations and experience are helpful to you, and good luck!