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My Photography Gear

For a long time I have had an internal struggle over what camera gear I should use for my weddings! There are so many different variables that can effect the way a camera captures those special moments. From the colours in the room, the light coming through the windows and the how fast the bride walks down the aisle.


I chose my gear based on what I would want my photographer be like on my own wedding day. Which meant I didn't want to be hearing the camera noise clicking away during the quiet ceremony or have a big white 'safari' lens being stuck in my face.


So let's chat about my gear!


CAMERA BODY


I have 2 micro four thirds cameras. One is my main and the other is my backup.



My Main: Panasonic Lumix G9 - Its small and silent which is amazing for the quiet ceremony. I love the autofocus and the dual SD card slots because it means I've always got a back up of my photos.


Panasonic Lumix G9


My Backup: Panasonic Lumix G7 - again its super small and non obtrusive! Usually it lives with a wide angle lens on it to capture bigger scenes!


LENSES



  • Panasonic Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 - It is by far the best lens I have ever used. My Cannon and Nikon friends wish they had a lens like this! It creates that thick creamy bokeh in the background and razor sharp images in the foreground.


  • Sigma 16mm f1.4 - It is a portrait beast. I use this lens to capture all the wide angle ceremony shots and family photos.


  • Panasonic 25mm f1.7 - It's another one of my portrait lenses but with a little more zoom. I will switch between this one and the Sigma depending on the surroundings.


  • Panasonic 45-200mm f4 - it has the equivalent zoom of those 400mm wildlife lens's. It is great for being able to capture natural moments without being close. However it does suffer in low light conditions but nothing that a flash can't solve!


FLA

Putting myself in the bride and grooms shoes I would not want to be bombarded by 5 different flashes going off every 2 seconds. Thats why I only use one. Which usually sits on top of my camera to help fill in the shadows in dark rooms or hallways. My flash at the minute is a Godox TT350.


Other Equipment


  • I always bring my glass prism along as it can create some really nice refections in front of the lens.


  • SPARE BATTERIES! I don't really need to explain why for this one.


  • Paracetamol - 8 hours+ of photography means that sometimes I forget to drink. These tablets have saved me countless times and the occasional bride!


And all of this fits into my little green bag!



Camera gear is important. However, creativity is what matters most. Don't look for a photographer that has the best gear look for the ones the create the best images!


Tom

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