In recent times, Wedding Photographers have certainly come up with innovative ideas for photography and this has been the main reason for them to be in demand. As a wedding photographer one has the privilege to see the events even before the bride and groom can see (in the photographs). And these photographers are the ones who capture those intimate moments that couples cherish and remember for the rest of their life. While witnessing weddings of various cultures are a pleasure on one hand, the responsibilities pile up on the other hand. The moments lost are lost forever. As a wedding photographer, you must realize that every moment is precious. With the appropriate gear this is not a difficult task to achieve. Let us see how.
Every culture has its own tradition. And every tradition is different. The duration of a wedding can span anywhere from a few hours to days to weeks. There could be various events at different locations to suit their needs and meet their traditional values. While we will not look into traditional details, we will talk little abstract with respect to the type of events and their locations and eventually explaining the type of lens that we will carry.
Most of the weddings have a pre-wedding and/or a post-wedding shoot. A pre-wedding shoot can be an ice-breaking session between the couple and the photographer where the couple can explain the photographer their requirements.
Most often, a pre-wedding or a post-wedding shoot happens outdoors. Also, the locations must be chosen in a way to depict the chemistry of the couple. Say for example, if the couple had met and fallen in love at their college, then it makes perfect sense to shoot the pre or post wedding shoot in their college. Locations can vary. It could be their work place or whatever. Depending on the location we would have the appropriate gear.
A wide angle lens at 16-35mm f/2.8 or a 17-40mm f/4.0 is a good option to shoot the entire location. Also, when we need to shoot close ups and capture their emotions, which is very important, a tele-zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 comes as the best choice. At over 100mm, the f/2.8 blurs the entire background and focuses on the subject in entirety.
Parties and/or Sangeet (Indian version of Disco floor customized for weddings) are almost mandatory in the weddings. Mostly the parties happen in the closed area and the light available is lesser than the ambience. With less light and fast running events, we would appreciate a lens with an open aperture and a wide angle lens to cover this. It is appropriate to carry two camera bodies one with a wide angle lens and the other with a wide open aperture lens.
A 24mm f/1.4 prime is an excellent lens that covers both the requirements. A 16-35mm f/2.8 is also a very good option.
A wedding is an expensive event and event to cherish. No exceptions as mentioned before. This is the event the photographer has to be on his toes. Based on the traditions the nature of the events can change. When we study the events, the core processes are almost the same. We would be using varied lenses to cover the D day. We will look into them and their usage.
To shoot macros, say the wedding ring or the mangalsutra, we would need a macro lens. A 100mm f/2.8 macro does this job on the dot.
To shoot the events, a 24-70mm f/2.8 is mandatory. On a full frame camera, at 24mm, a decent wide angle can be covered and at 70mm, we have a good zoom as well.
To shoot at extreme enclosed locations, a 16-35mm f/2.8 is a perfect lens to help. A 17-40mm f/4.0 also works well and is less expensive than the former.
It is strongly advised to carry two camera bodies with different lenses on them to stop losing time in changing the lenses. Flashgun is important in most of the cases.
This is very subjective. As we always say, a good photographer makes use of the available kit by understanding the need and working appropriately. A prime lens and wide angle lens can mostly cover most of the events.
The perfect gear for wedding photography would be a collection of
And this kit is expensive.
The alternative set which is little expensive than the former would be
A perfect gear typically helps the photographer to freeze the moment, but it is the plan that the photographer has made matters. A good communication between the wedding photographer and the couple helps. Wedding photography is an art which is difficult to master and every photographer has his own version to master.