Wedding Photography Planning - Part 2
As far as wedding photography is concerned, it’s combination of smooth planning, moderate skills and lots of gears. Because everything at weddings happens very quickly; lights changeing throughout the day, even in indoor ceremonies; moments slipping by ceremonies; guests looming rear and front; lack of spot to pose a shot; soforth.
Whilst that most wedding days last 10-12 hours. If we are photographing an outdoor wedding, we have to contemplate how many lighting scenarios we will be facing during the course of a twelve-hour day.
Of course, photography is an art form, but it is also the operation of the Gears. And we have to anticipate multiple scenarios in advance and plan our gears accordingly.
Aside from the occasional afternoon, outdoor wedding, it’s a safe assumption that there will be plenty of moments that will occur at night, indoors, and, often, in poor light. And even if the room or space is light enough to take a photo, doesn’t mean it’s light enough to take a good photo. We consider in bringing as many light sources, and have assistant play around with various light scenarios.
First, we measure up client needs and our means. It also depends on the overall budget. The most important thing is that we alway try to go with at least two bodies. There are two main reasons. 1. Backup and 2. Not having to change lenses (as much). We may go with a 24-70mm on one body, and 70-200mm on the other, thus covering the whole field should we need to alter field of view.
With two lenses, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, we can shoot a complete wedding, from reasonably wide to telephoto.
The 24-70mm lens is effective for capturing the entire wedding party as its members witness the event, the bride and groom at the altar, close-ups, detail shots, and formal full-length portraits. Its wide aperture provides brighter viewing in darker environments and allows to create artistic effects with beautiful bokeh.
The 70-200mm dovetails perfectly with the 24-70mm, providing seamless wide-aperture coverage from wide to telephoto. Its long reach is perfect for capturing intimate details and interactions at a distance and is also ideal for headshots of individuals, couples and groups, in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Apart from these two zoom lenses, fast lenses or prime lenses, are handy, can be lifesaver, particularly for candid pictures in low light, HD video coverage and for casual or formal portraits without flash. Normally we would prefer 35mm, 50mm and 85mm in our arsenal.
Memory cards and batteries:
We always carry more cards and extra batteries. A single wedding could consume 50-200gb data depending on occasion and coverage.
We include middleweight tripod and monopod in our kit. They are better way to ensure sharp images while shooting at slow shutter speeds.
These are some of the highlights from weddings that we shoot. Under five seconds show it covers intimate moments from entire wedding ceremony. It should give a fair idea for how many different scenarios we had to face in a day. Like exposed to ambient light on outdoor street in sunny day; passing through bunch of people to capture perfect moment; or combating against shadowy hues of indoor alcoves. Only, right combination of gears come to rescue then.