What Equipment do you need?
Let me quickly run through what I normally carry with me on a regular wedding shoot.
Obviously you’re not going to get very far as a photographer without a camera. Photographers spend many a happy hour discussing which make of camera is the best – to be honest there is not much to choose between any of the major manufactures but most photographers fall into the Canon or Nikon camp although there are plenty of other brilliant manufacturers out there – I happen to be a Nikon fan.
I take three cameras to a wedding – D3, D700 and a D90 – they range from £800 to £4,000.
Why on earth do you take 3 cameras I hear you say – well for several good reasons.
Probably the most important reason is because you need a backup in case your number 1 camera fails, and they do, even my faithful Nikon D3 has shut down on me in the middle of a wedding – believe me that is not a pleasant feeling, you need to be able to switch seamlessly to your number 2 camera without missing a shot.
Also DSLR cameras have detachable lenses – each lens is used for different shooting conditions – so switching between lenses is a regular event throughout the day. So it makes much more sense to have your important lenses already attached to a camera rather than having to change between lenses every time the situation demands it. Believe me your bride and groom will soon get tired of waiting for you to change your lens and besides you can guarantee as soon as you have the lens off of the camera that killer picture will present itself and all you will have is an empty camera body to shoot with. This is normally when a guest walks up to you – shows you their iphone and asks did you get that picture, I did what a fantastic shot – grrrrr.