Equipment selection for photographers is pretty important and it’s something that I get asked about quite often.
If you’re not into camera gear and this is of no interest to you…feel free to move along. I won’t be insulted and we can still be friends. However, if you’re curious as to what I use, how I use it or are looking for a new toy in your camera bag…this may be worth reading.
First, I’m a Nikon guy. Canon is cool and so is Sony, Fuji or whatever else can take photos. Nikon has its pros and cons just like any camera system. There are many things that Canon features on its cameras or in its lineup that I wish Nikon offered in its equipment lineup. However, the Nikon bodies feel better in my hands and that’s why I’ve always been partial to Nikon.
The excitement of a wedding day stops for no one, including a hungry photographer. I always carry a few of these bars in my bag. They’re light, mighty tasty and keep me full until I can sit down for some food during dinner service. My favorite flavors are Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch and Chocolate Chip.
Nikon D4 bodies
The Nikon D4 is one of Nikon’s flagship cameras and I carry at least two of them at all times. These cameras are weather-sealed and allow me to shoot in all sorts of weather conditions Texas or whatever location I’m at throws my way. The D4’s autofocus system is unlike anything I’ve ever used. It’s accurate, rapid fast and allows me to focus in the darkest conditions which is REALLY important during darker wedding receptions.
After going through various flash systems and lights I decided to keep it simple and use Yongnuo flashes. For me, they get the job done. I’ve been extremely impressed with their performance. They’re not the Mercedes-Benz of speedlites…and are more like a Honda Civic….but I’m cool with that because I drive a Honda…and I like it.
- Yongnuo YN-568EX Speedlite
- Yongnuo YN-622N-TX i-TTL Wireless Flash Controller
- Yongnuo i-TTL Transceiver YN622N
You’ll notice that I use a Tungsten gel on my speed light. I’ve always used either a 1/2 CTO or 1/4 CTO gel to make the white balance of the room a little more even. I love the Rogue Flash Gels Color Correction Kit and always have 2 kits in my bag at all times. I used to do a lot more off camera flash stuff, but have recently gone back to on camera flash work. It’s just easier and more natural for me. Plus, guests appreciate not running into light stands at the wedding reception.
In my bag you can find at least one of each of the following lenses.
I carry all of those lenses, but I really only shoot with 2-3 lenses at each wedding. I used to solely shoot with my 50mm. It’s light, cheap and isn’t a huge lens that will intimidate people. In recent years however my style has changed and so has my preferred focal length. My most often used lenses are the 85mm, 58mm & 35mm. I try to keep it as simple as possible.
For my bags, I use a combination of 2 Think Tank bags:
The Think Tanks are built to last in every way possible. From the bag materials, to the wheels to the zippers…these bags are built tough. Think Tank also stands behind their products. The roller bag fits nicely in domestic and international flight overhead bins and the should bag fits easily into my luggage or can be my personal item when flying. Typically what you see below is how I carry my equipment at a wedding. I’ll pick 2-3 lenses to use and throw those into my shoulder bag with a camera body. The roller bag gets locked and stashed at the reception or somewhere central in case I need to grab something out of it.