What’s in my camera bag? – Wedding Photography in London
I often get asked about the camera I use and the lenses I shoot with. And even though I strongly believe what makes a photographer is their eye and not the gear they own, I can also understand and share the curiosity and fascination for all things photography 😉 … So I thought, why not invite you to have a look inside my bag?
Since I started my journey as a photographer in London, I’ve been growing my little family of lenses and accessories over the years. Every photographer will shoot with different equipment, depending on their style and the way the work and move around during a job. I know my lenses and camera inside and out and feel absolutely comfortable working with what I have. I definitely feel like I have all my wedding photography needs covered to produce amazing images!
Family photo 🙂
Below you’ll find a list of my go-to equipment, that I bring with me to any wedding, along with some examples of what I do with it 😉
CAMERA BODY AND LENSES
CANON EOS 5D MARK III:
My beloved baby. I finally upgraded in 2015 and I couldn’t be happier. I still keep my old 5D as a backup body, it served me well to take the shots for this blog post!
CANON LENS 85MM F1.8:
The first lens I will talk about is my 85mm. I love the big aperture of 1.8, so bright. I don’t normally use it much during a wedding day though, because it is also not macro and a bit shaky and slow to focus, but I love the amazing soft bokeh I get with this lens, which makes it really nice for portraits.
CANON LENS 24-70MM F2.5 L:
This is my most used lens by far! I find it very reliable, versatile, fast and just amazing 🙂 Shooting only with prime lenses is beautiful, but as a wedding photographer working with one camera body, sometimes a zoom lens like this one is way more practical to not miss the shot. It is also quite bright and I love to use it for more landscape big photos, and also portraits.
CANON LENS 50MM F2.5 MACRO:
Ok, I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, right? But if I was to pick one… my old and sweet 50mm has a big piece of my heart. So light to carry, sharp, produces stunning bokeh and makes everything look dreamy. I use it mainly at the beginning of the day when the bride is getting ready. The macro is perfect for ring shots, shoes, bride’s and groom’s details, and venue and table decor. It is my oldest lens but I hope I never have to say goodbye to it!
TAMRON LENS 11-18MM F4.5/5.6:
It is always fun to have a wide fish eye lens in your kit! It is not the brightest or sharpest of them all, but I occasionally take it out for some party or dancing shots.
LIGHTS AND ACCESSORIES
SPEEDLITES – YONGNUO YN560 II AND YN560 III, AND WIRELESS TRIGGERS YONGNUO RF603C II:
A great colleague recommended this brand a while ago, I purchased two speedlites and what a surprise they were! Very easy to use, reliable and resistant, and definitely great value for the money. I own two YN560 II and one YN560 III and I connect them with wireless triggers for off camera lights. To me, a good example of how you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on expensive equipment to get the job done :) I have always been more a natural light wedding photographer, so the idea of learning to use flash creatively terrified me. However, a lot of practicing and experimenting made me fall in love with flash too. I really enjoy creating an atmosphere using a flash or two on a light stand, on the side or behind the subject for romantic and interesting backlight.
ROGUE FLASH BENDER AND COLOR GELS:
To diffuse the light from the flash on top of my camera, my favorite is this Rogue flash bender. Takes no space, extremely easy to use, great results. And color gels are just so much fun to use! I love to add different colors to my off camera flashes on light stands when the party is on full swing, for more vibrant colors and funky feel! Just remember to keep your main light (on your camera) with no color so you can keep natural skin tones.
YONGNUO YN300 II PRO LED VIDEO LIGHT:
A big life saver! I ordered this one after I saw a colleague using his at a wedding. It is so strong but still gives you the option to control the power. Perfect for when you don’t have enough time to set up flashes or for when you just need an extra punch of light.
The last image below was taken using only this LED panel, that the videographer was holding while the couple stood in the middle of the road. We took this photo in literally 5 minutes… just one more and we would have been hit by a bus!
SD AND CF CARDS:
As many as I could ever need, and more. My camera has a slot for small SD cards and bigger CF cards, so I have a few of both. I normally go for Lexar or SanDisk as I reaaaally wouldn’t want to risk it with a bad card! Precious memories are safely stored here until they are downloaded and I have done back ups 🙂
CAMERA BAG BY ONA:
The newest addition to my wedding photography equipment is this wonderful camera bag, that was in my photography wish list for the longest time! The Union Street by Ona has enough room for three lenses and camera body, at least, and can also carry a 15-inch laptop. It is a stylish messenger bag made of water resistant waxed canvas, and I love the slightly vintage look to it. It has so many useful pockets and the padding inside definitely protects my lenses from any scratches. I’M IN LOVE!
This is, of course, my basic equipment, and I should add light stands and my camera tripod to just make it complete and finish it with a ribbon 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some ideas if you’re thinking of getting some new lights or camera gear! What about you, what do you shoot with?
Thank you for reading,