Ok, following on from my other article - Choosing a Devon Wedding Photographer , I have decided to also add a few lines about what equipment you should expect your professional wedding photographer to carry?
I understand that by hiring a wedding photographer, you do so because you don't want the hassle of needing to worry about the technical stuff! But.... if you are spending out your hard earned cash, don't you at least want to know what he or she is going to turn up on the day with?
In my humble opinion, this is what should be available:~
i) Two camera bodies, at least one should be a Full Frame (FX) format professional body. Why two, well one acts as a back up camera in case of any unforseen problems on the day; also it gives the wedding photographer the option to pop a diferent lens on each body - which in turn allows you to work faster and better (not so much faffing around changing lenses!).
ii) Lens choice is very important, lots of consumer camera kit will work well in good light. but it is when the going gets tough that the better (and more expensive) professional kit comes into it's own. Ideally you want your photographer to be working with f2.8 lenses* (or better). These lenses are known as "Fast Glass" in the trade due to their ability to perform well in low light.
iii) Professional flash gun (or guns). It is always preferable to work with available ambient light, but sometimes it is also necessary to throw in some additional fill light from a flash gun (sometimes called a strobe). Carrying one is essential; carrying two or more opens up options to get creative. Having wirelessly triggered flash is highly desirable when it comes to setting up classic signature wedding portraits.
iv) A tripod. carrying a tripod or having one is advisable, particularly when working in low light. Having 'VR' (Vibration Reduction) lenses is a plus and makes the photographer less reliant on resorting to a tripod.
v) Light modifiers. Having a range of light modifiers and reflectors is desirable, but not essentail.
vi) Spare memory cards. Carrying spare memory cards is essential. Using a fast data transfer professional memory card is also desirable. Changing them half way through the day simply to 'bank' your images is considered good practice.
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Devon Wedding Photographer - White Petal Wedding Photography
* An f2.8 lens refers to its maximum aperature setting available.