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Must Haves for Wedding Photographers

Hey there, fellow photography enthusiasts! Today, I want to dive into the nitty-gritty of wedding photography gear. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting, having the right tools can make all the difference in capturing those magical moments. So, let's talk about the absolute essentials that no wedding photographer should leave home without.

1. Camera Essentials: Backup is Key

First and foremost, you need a reliable camera. In my kit, I swear by the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R3. Having a primary camera is crucial, but let's not forget the backup. Budget-friendly options like the Canon R7 or R10 can still get the job done if you're just starting out. Remember, your old camera can also serve as a backup when you upgrade.

2. Memory Cards: The Need for Speed

A wedding day is a marathon, and you don't want to miss a moment. Invest in high-speed memory cards for quick read and write capabilities. I personally use Lexar Professional SD cards, with the Silver Series for ample storage and the Gold Series for lightning-fast speeds. Having a combination of both ensures I'm ready for anything.

3. Camera Strap: The Unsung Hero

Practicality matters, especially when you're lugging gear around for hours. A comfortable camera strap is a game-changer. I use a tripod-mount camera strap that sits securely at my side. While mine is from a company that sadly no longer exists, finding a strap that suits you is essential for enduring the long wedding day haul.

4. Lenses: Wide, Medium, Tight

Now, let's talk glass. A variety of lenses is key for diverse shots. I recommend covering three bases: wide, medium, and tight. For wide shots, consider the RF 16mm 2.8 or the L Glass RF 15-35mm 2.8 for a more versatile option. The RF 50mm 1.8 L lens serves as a fantastic medium lens, excelling in low light. Finally, break away from the 70-200mm norm with the EF 135mm F2 for beautiful tight shots.

Pro Tip: If you're feeling a bit extra, the RF 28-70mm F2 is a gem, consolidating your mid-range lens needs.

5. Lighting Magic: Flash and Reflector

No wedding photographer's toolkit is complete without a flash. I swear by Pro Photo for its reliability and seamless integration with other lighting equipment. A flash with a turnable head is a must for bouncing light effectively. Pair it with the Adorama Glow 5 in 1 42in reflector for added control over your lighting scenarios. This versatile reflector is a budget-friendly essential that should be in every photographer's arsenal.

Closing Thoughts:

Remember, this gear setup is the bare minimum to ensure you're ready for whatever a wedding day throws your way. While additional equipment can enhance your capabilities, these essentials lay the foundation for capturing stunning moments. So, strap in, load those memory cards, and get ready to create memories that last a lifetime.

And hey, don't forget to share your thoughts or any additional gear suggestions. Happy shooting!

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