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The contents of my wedding photography kit bag

What’s In My Wedding Photography Kit Bag?

I often get asked, particularly by other wedding photographers, about what camera equipment I take and use when undertaking a couple’s wedding photography.  So I thought it would be both interesting and useful to empty my wedding photography kit bag(s) and show you all the photographic gear I will typically pack and take with me to a wedding. My Wedding Photography Equipment Camera Bodies: #1-#3: 3 x Olympus OMD EM5 Micro Four Thirds Camera Bodies I regularly use 3 of these beautiful camera bodies (1 x Silver, 2 x Black) on a wedding day – either with 3 prime lenses (see “F” through to “L” below) or, more recently, 3 of Olympus’ new Pro Zoom lenses (see “C” through to “E” below) attached.  Not only does this mean I have lots of back-up should anything happen to one, but it gives me a lot of flexibility on the wedding day. As a wedding photojournalist who relies on capturing those fleeting little moments, the less time spent on changing lenses the less I miss! This is …

Oxordshire wedding photography during the bridal preparations

Soul Muzak – The Beauty of Noise

Why I love Grain in my Wedding Photography Modern digital cameras are amazing.  There’s more technology in a basic entry level one than was in the spacecraft that took Neil Armstrong and Co to the moon.  As a tool they make things ever easier for people to take great photos with (but they’ve not yet replaced the need for a talented and creative eye – an idea for a future post, perhaps?) and can do things that photographers in years gone by could only dream about.  The sensors in most camera bodies now allow photographers to shoot handheld in low light conditions whilst still giving us clean and sharp images without the need for the harsh and artificial light of flashes. As a wedding photographer I prefer to work with natural light wherever I can.  That’s not because I don’t know how to use on camera flash (or even off camera lighting) – I do, and spent a lot of time learning how to do it. It’s simply because I think natural light is more …

Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Candid Street Wedding Photography

Weddings Captured by a Street Photographer Street photography is very much my personal passion – it’s what I shoot in my spare time. In many ways it is what drives my approach to wedding photography.  There are a lot of similarities between street photography and wedding photojournalism. Both employ a candid and unobtrusive approach that attempts to capture the integrity of a moment and produce a storytelling narrative within the frame.  So it’s not surprising that I often think of myself as a street photographer who just happens to be shooting a wedding. There has been a small number of occasions whilst I’ve been out and about shooting street photography where I’ve stumbled across a wedding.  Of course, as a wedding photographer, I can’t resist capturing what’s unfolding before me – in a candid and discrete way- but without the expectation of being the official wedding photographer. So here are three examples of weddings I’ve captured in such circumstances. Central Park, New York City Wedding Photography Back in the spring of 2010 I was on …

Shooting wedding photography with micro four thirds prime lenses

Prime Focus On Your Wedding Photography

Shooting Wedding Photography with Prime Lenses I’ve already covered elsewhere why I shoot weddings with three Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies. Today I thought it would be interesting to delve a little further into why I shoot wedding photography specifically with prime lenses. For the uninitiated a prime lens is a camera lens with a fixed focal length. Unlike zoom lenses, which can cover a range of focal lengths, from very wide to extremely long, in a single lens, a prime only lets you shoot at one specific length – depending on the prime lens you have attached to your camera body. Now, of course, and quite rightly, you’re most probably thinking why would any wedding photographer choose to shoot with prime lenses which sound like they restrict the kind of lengths you can shoot at a wedding?  This is a good question but, as I’m sure you’re expecting, I have a good answer (or two.) Low Light, Focus and Image Quality One of the distinct advantages of prime lenses is that they are usually …

3 Camera Wedding Photography

So why do use 3 cameras to capture wedding photography? As a wedding photographer one of the things I often get asked about – especially by guests on the wedding day – is why I am shooting the wedding with 3 cameras.  So I thought it might be useful (and a little interesting?) to explain why here. Being a wedding photographer who specialises in natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism it is important I have cameras small and light enough that allow me to get inside the real moments of the wedding day without damaging the integrity of the moment.  The beauty of mirrorless camera systems is that they offer camera bodies small enough to do this whilst not compacting on image quality that couples would expect of professional wedding photography.  Arguably the Olympus OMD system is one of the best and most professional of these mirrorless camera systems and having shot with Olympus cameras ever since I first picked up a professional camera in the mid 1980s, it was only logical I would stick with …