What is inside my Camera bag for Wedding photography
Undoubtedly the question that I get asked the most is what camera equipment I carry with me when I go on an wedding photography assignment. My first bit of advice is to only carry what you need. After all, who wants to walk around all day with an extra 10kg (20 lb.) on their back? But at the same time you don’t want to be caught short so, as always, planning carefully and creating a shot list before you travel can be invaluable.
You should try and get together a basic set of equipment which will cover you for most situations. You can then add more specialised equipment depending on the nature of the shoot.
Here is what is in my camera bag:
As a wedding photographer, I am far too aware that when a moment presents itself I must be equipped with the correct camera and len otherwise I may risk losing the opportunity to snap it. My choice of cameras, which stay on me during entire wedding day are Nikon D750 and Nikon D610. Both the cameras are exceptionally great and has never let me down, and stands up very well at high ISO settings for situations when it too dark or using speed-light is not permitted.
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 USD zoom lens
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 USD is my work horse and is what I use the majority of the time. The focal range means it is perfect for wide angle shoots and at 70 mm is a great zoom lens and is also a wonderful lens to take portraits with, as it means you have to get close to your subject. It is also fast enough to use in low light conditions, so it’s ideal for places such inside a low lit church or bridal suite.
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO DG HSM
This is a wonderful telephoto lens which comes with a hefty price tag but is definitely worth the cost. Great for portraits and close-ups, the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is also fantastic for landscapes in which you want to isolate a small section of the scene.
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG
This is a probably the best lens money can buy. At f/1.4 it is ultra fast lens and renders a very buttery background (aka Bokeh). This lens is my go to lens for bridal and couple portrait during wedding photo-shoot.
Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8
Perfect lens, it is not called nifty fifty without a reason. This is such a versatile lens that I have seen some pro-photographer shooting entire wedding using just one lens.
One of the common misconceptions about flashes is that they should only be used in low light settings. However, they are extremely useful when you need some fill flash (for example: if you are taking a portrait of someone in intense light which is causing harsh shadows on their face, a flash can help minimise the shadows), of course this is one of many applications of flash light. In my camera bag, one can find 6 speed lights. Two from Godox or UK branded PIXA Pro AD-200 and four Yongnuo’s (YN685 and YN568). AD-200 is a 200 watts per second flash and is mostly used for outdoor lighting in bright conditions where I am competing with the sun light. Yongnuo are more compact are very versatile flashes for indoor usage, specially during wedding receptions.
A tripod is essential if you are planning any shots which require long shutter speeds. But a tripod is also what’s going to support all your expensive camera equipment, so choose it wisely. A sturdy carbon fibre tripod which is lightweight to carry.
Rogue colour gel and flash diffuser
Colour gels are increasingly becoming part of me when photographing a wedding. They offer great application in creating moody, dramatic and very artistic signature photographs. A great way to wow the clients.
What is inside you Camera bag for Wedding photography? Tell me in the comments below what is in your essential kit.
Initially I was very reluctant to include Magmod kit in my camera bag, however after borrowing it for a day, I quickly realised that they were much more useful in wedding photography then the Rogue flash accessories. This is merely due to the design which is totally based on very strong magnets, modular and allows me to attach a grid on top of gel holder. The combinations are a just endless.
So why it is important to know what is inside my camera bag. As a customer do you really care what I carry in my bag ? Perhaps NO!. Does it matter to your directly ? YES. As a wedding photographer my kit is very essential in producing the consistent, artistic results for you are my customer.