“So, uh…what’s in your bag?”
I’ve photographed over 500 weddings, and I often have camera enthusiasts or aspiring professional photographers come up to check out the kit I bring with me to weddings.
I like to have a variety of lenses. I shoot almost all with primes these days. If you’re starting out, I suggest the first three lenses you should purchase would be a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a ‘nifty fifty’ – something in the f/1.8 range – there are good options on a budget to start with.
For your zooms, get quality lenses – save up and buy a good lens. Trust me, I made the mistake when I was starting out of getting some crap glass.
After you’ve been shooting with those standard zooms, and you think you want to get into shooting with prime lenses, I would suggest taking a look at your photos and look at the focal lengths you shoot most of your photos with. That’s going to give you some insight into how YOU like to frame and compose your images. If you’re already shooting at those focal lengths, then you’re just adding to your repertoire by giving yourself some wider aperture lenses. and being able to shoot in different conditions!
Here’s what I carry with me when I go to weddings, along with my lighting kit:
What do you bring with you to photograph weddings? Tell me about your gear in the comment section!