What’s in my camera bag? all about lenses & photography equipment

Many times people ask me how I achieve the images I take during a wedding and how I create that sense of dream like feeling  in the pictures that the bride and groom receive from their day.

Lens choice is an important factor in how a photo will feel and creating a great feeling of depth, a lens having a wide aperture of between F1.2 to f2.8 is the range I normally use to capture my creative shots during a wedding.

While 2.8 is a great setting to use I really like to shoot at 1.2 or 1.4 the dreaminess that is achieved at these apertures is just totally amazing.

What lenses I use are the following

Canon 35 mm 1.4 L

Canon 50 mm 1.2L

Canon 85 mm 1.2 L

Canon 100 mm 2.8 L

Canon 16 – 35 mm 2.8 II L

Canon 70 – 200 mm 2.8 is II L

Let’s start with the 35 mm 1.4 this is one of my most used lenses to capture a wedding. It is good for loosely framed portraits and wider group photos. I could not live without this in my camera bag. I could easily photograph a whole wedding with just this one lens.

Canons 50mm 1.2L  50mm lenses are know as a standard  lens and every photographer should have one in their camera bag. they give a simular field of view as what the human eye sees. this lens is weather sealed and also lets in a amazing amount of light for darker and wet conditions.

The 85 mm 1.2 is another favourite and combined with the 35 mm 1.4 is a brilliant combination; I have literally photographed whole weddings with these two lenses. Having an aperture of 1.2 it lets in an amazing amount of light when the light gets low without the need to use flash. Although being a heavy lens at weighing just less than one kilogram the quality of images that it produces is indispensable. It maintains to deliver sharp images at f1.2 and is consider by many to be one of the best portrait lenses you can buy.

The 100 mm 2.8 is a great macro lens for close up detail of bridal jewellery and the wedding rings. It also doubles as another exceptionally good portrait lens. it’s image quality is outstanding and always impresses me with the images that I capture with it.

16 – 35 mm 2.8 is a ultra wide lens at 16 mm and is very useful at capturing large group photos and when you want to get as much in an image as possible, like a nice sky or a large tree as you may have seen in some of my wedding galleries. This is also fantastic on the dance floor during wedding receptions when you get in close amongst the guests, this can give some really funny and unique angles to the photos.

70 – 200 mm 2.8 is a general purpose lens its quality is very good while being another heavy lens at around 1.6 kilograms. It becomes very useful during the wedding ceremony when you need to zoom in or out quickly when space is tight or you don’t have time to step back. It gets used on the beach a  fair bit as it is fully weather sealed it is suitable for harsh environments when sand and water may be nearby, I normally pull this lens out of the bag. It is also really good, if the clients are a little photo shy you can photograph from a distance without being too obtrusive,  but I never have to use this lens for that purpose as I think I’m good enough at making people feel comfortable throughout the day during their photo shoot.