5 Photographer Equipment Necessities
Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but carrying the proper equipment is vital if you expect to receive sharp, well-composed, well-lit images. Grand Lens Photography shares a basic rundown of what your wedding photographer should possess on your special day.
1) Back-up camera
Even if you are not familiar with technical photography jargon, ensure that your photographer uses equipment of professional-quality plus carries additional cameras and lens in case something happens to the primary ones. If the photographer's camera breaks in the middle of the day and they do not have a backup camera, you will be extremely upset for the loss of some fairly important memories.
2) Memory cards
High capacity cards allow photographers to document an entire wedding day from getting ready to the last guest at the reception. However, professionals prefer to use a card of smaller capacity high--speed cards; they are not comfortable putting "all their eggs in one basket". Memory cards have a tendency to crash at the worst possible moment during a wedding. Spare cards in the photographer's bag help ensure they do not have to make an emergency trip to the store during the scheduled photo time before the reception. With the risk of today's technology, film photography is becoming rare. If you are set on receiving negatives, be sure to hire a photographer who shoots film and has plenty of new film rolls with them.
3) Batteries, batteries, and more batteries
LCD screens on a camera can eat away at the camera's battery faster than you think. Batteries used for a full-day event will die as they are on and operating the entire time. Your photographer should have backup batteries for every piece of equipment that requires batteries. This way, the photographer is able to switch out the batteries quickly and can continue documenting your precious memories.
4) Essentials Lenses
Today's photographers that carry DSLRs or compact interchangeable lens cameras typically have a variety of focal lengths available for specific types of images they plan to capture. The photographer you choose to hire should have a backup lens in case something happens to the primary lens. Lenses do not need to come from the same brand as long as they are of professional quality.
Wide Angle Lens - Researching for this type of lens for purchase is not difficult at all. We came across a Canon 20mm 2.8 for sale and have never felt we needed anything wider. Wide angle lenses are excellent for photojournalistic photos and wide portraits. Also, this lens allows perfect close up dancing photos; it lets the photographer get in the action.
50mm - This a focal length every photographer should own, no matter the sort of photography. It works adequately for detail shots, getting ready photos, mid-ceremony shots and portraits. Speeches and the first dance as husband and wife turn out amazing also. This lens is so versatile that it works in most situations.
85mm - This focal length is excellent for wedding portraits. It is extremely flattering and does a wonderful job at isolating the subject (blurs the background).
70-200mm - This lens is a necessity of wedding photography, primarily for images of the ceremony. With this, the photographer is discrete and still able to capture close-up photographs of the bride and groom. With the flexibility of the zoom, the photographer can frame the image properly even if they are limited in where they stand.
5) External Flashes
Reception halls may be dark, so it is always smart for photographers to carry a pair of external flashes for additional lighting. These flashes allow more control over lighting and exposure of the subject in low light. Higher end cameras do not have built-in flashes due to a considerable quantity of limitations of the built-in flash.