A Peek Inside A Wedding Photographers Bag - Tilly Clifford

13/05/2015 10:32 AM

Equipment plays a key role in my photographic practice. If you have ever wondered what may be inside a wedding photographers camera bag, all is about to be revealed! These are with out a doubt my most used products and there are plenty of reasons why.

2x Canon 5D Mark III

I shoot with two Canon 5D Mark III bodies at all times. This allows me the versatility of two lenses on the go and also gives me peace of mind knowing I have full wedding coverage across two separate camera bodies. Each 5D Mark III also has a dual card slot; I shoot consistently with both CF AND SD cards throughout the day.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, this is my go to lens. I think I could shoot an entire wedding with this lens if I had to. I use the Canon 50mm f/1.2 throughout an entire wedding day. This lens is perfect for bridal prep, shooting details etc, but also perfect when it comes to bridal portrait time. I particularly rely on this lens when a wedding is running behind schedule and we are loosing light fast. The Canon 50mm f/1.2 is capable of letting in a lot of light when there isn’t much there, definitely a must have in your kit!

Taken with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Another incredible prime lens. I use the Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens consistently throughout a wedding day, particularly for a wider angle during the ceremony and again when it comes to bridal portrait time. It’s perfect for large bridal parties; some of my favourite images I’ve ever shot have been with this lens.

Taken with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

The Canon 85mm f/1.2 is another of my favourites. Definitely slower to focus than the rest so not ideal for fast shooting, but takes the most beautiful portrait. I use this lens in my portrait sessions, particularly with the bride and groom. It allows me to stand a little further back from the couple, letting them connect without my camera too close. The Canon 85mm also performs great in lower light and has some of the best bokeh capabilities a lens can offer.

Taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

I rely on the Canon 135mm f/2 lens when I need the extra length. Particularly during a wedding ceremony so I can remain a little further back (I like to be as unobtrusive as possible during this part of the day) but still capture detail up close. This lens is quick, sharp and makes for great photos. It’s incredibly lightweight for a telephoto lens and adds dynamic to my kit.

Taken with Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

I primarily shoot with prime lenses, however the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 definitely makes the cut in my most used list. I use this lens more for landscape-based work but I will also grab it when I know I need the zoom or precise sharpness. A super versatile lens that will definitely add a lot to your kit.

Taken with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight and Canon 580EXII Speedlight

I absolutely love natural light; however there usually comes a point throughout a wedding where flash is needed. I generally prolong this as long as possible, as I prefer the effect of higher ISO than flash within my wedding work but I have grown to love the Canon 600EX-RT completely. Easy and effective when there is no time to play around with a lighting set up and also capable of incredible things when I have the time to mess around with different ideas.

SanDisk Extreme CF and SD Cards

I shoot with two Sandisk cards simultaneously; having two copies of every image taken is essential for any professional.

Western Digital My Passport Wireless 2TB Hardrive

This is one of the coolest things I own. This hardrive has an SD card slot and wireless backup ability. Essentially I can backup all images direct from an SD card on location without a computer. All I need is the drive and the app on my phone. Perfect for when I’m travelling.

Not pictured but always come with me to a wedding are:

-Run sheet
-Batteries (Lots)
-Black Umbrellas (No Logos)
-A Small Step Ladder (For Group Photos etc.)
-Extra Change Of Clothes / Shoes

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A great collection of practical hints and suggestions, especially the comment: "Not pictured but always come with me to a wedding."
Comment by Mike Bedward - 14/06/2015 9:47 AM
Thanks for posting this Tilly. I'm always watching photographers at weddings to see what they are shooting with, and what they are choosing for each situation. I know each person is different with how they shoot, but it's good to hear what you use and in different situations. It gives me a few extra thoughts of different ways to use what I have in my (meager) kit :) Thanks again.
Comment by Brett - 15/06/2015 9:53 AM
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