Wedding photography essentials

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Wedding photography has become one of the most popular and lucrative professions. As much fun as it can be, it also comes with a number of challenges.

Photographing someones SPECIAL DAY is no easy task.

Having the right gear for the job is vital, and will not only benefit your reputation but also guarantee work in the future. 

We have looked at a list of must-have product for your shoots. 




Every photographer has a preference when it comes to choosing a camera, but there are few things to consider when photographing a wedding.

We looked at some of the top recommendations used by industry professionals in both mirrorless and DSLR.

Wedding photographers can spend up to 14 hours of nonstop shooting. At times wedding can last up to three days, therefore you need good reliable cameras to get you through.

A question that comes up a lot is how many cameras must you have for your shoot, one or two?

Personally, I would recommend that you have at least two cameras for a wedding shoot in case something goes wrong with your one of your cameras.


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II



With its silent shutter, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is perfect for all intimate moments during the ceremony. The silent shutter can capture 20MP RAW image files at an almost unheard-of burst shooting of 60fps.

It offers 20MP live MOS sensor, a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system, a three-inch LCD display, a weather-sealed body, and phenomenal 4k video.

Excellent for both stills and video.


Canon 5D Mk iv


The Canon 5d Mk iv is an amazing versatile full frame camera, especially good for portraits and wedding photography. It has a 30MP high-resolution sensor, with a new touchscreen speeds which helps you navigates through your menu choices, and Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS have all been added. The EOS 5D MARK IV performs well in low light situations also performs well photographing in challenging conditions both indoors and outside 


Camera Lenses




When it comes to shooting a wedding, what you need is a lens that will enable you to get wide and long shots. We took a look at some of the most popular lenses to help you achieve these results.

Wedding photography is made up of many different types of photography, Patriate, architectural, landscape, travel, family and fashion.

To deliver the best results, you going to require lenses that will enable you to capture every element in the best possible way you can.

Below is a list of must-have lenses 

SIGMA AF 24-70mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM ART




The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art is a fantastic zoom lens with incredible build quality, with outstanding autofocus and stabilization. A constant aperture of 2.8 through the zoom range makes this a highly versatile tool. Most importantly, it simply produces incredible image quality.

Every wedding photographer using a DSLR system must have a standard zoom lens, the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art is a go-to glass.

Olympus 40-150mm f2,8 Pro



Portraits make up most of your wedding photography, for that you need an outstanding tool to help you deliver great results.

Because of its size, portability and quality, the Micro Four Thirds system has become more popular and a go-to tool for many wedding photographers. With it comes the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro. A professional lens which delivers high-quality images and fantastic for low light conditions.

Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Mk II



With wedding photography consist of so many genres, you need something that can cover most of your shots. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II is by far the most utilized lens and best value for your bucks.

Its flexibility, shooting weddings is a very unpredictable task and consists of many impromptu moments you’d love to capture, therefore you need tools that will allow you to be ready at any given second.

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L gives you just that, its ability to zoom in-and-out with the focal lengths of 70mm to 200mm enables you to get fantastic landscape, architectural shots and intimate shots without being invasive.



Use of an external flash can add so much character and depth in your photographs, especially crucial when shooting in a dark location or at night.  

Flash Diffuser

The use of an external flash also comes with a few challenges, especially when you have no object off which to bounce your light. This is where having a diffuser becomes handy, it helps diffuse the light and makes for better portraits on the fly when there's no time to set up lights.

Tripod and Light Stands


A good tripod will help you steady your camera when shooting in low light conditions with slower shutter speed, there is the risk of camera shake which results in unwanted blurring. A tripod will help you reduce movement and help you take brilliant sharp images. 

Camera Bag


As a photographer, your job is to make sure that you capturing that perfect moment. Your camera is your investment and you need to protect it.

Finding the right bag is as important as the gear you carry with.


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