Embrace romance
PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|November 2020
Embrace romance
Louise Carey shares how to get prepared for a wedding photoshoot
Louise Carey

THE MISSION

Take wedding photography for a test run

Time needed

1-2 hours

Skill level

Advanced

Kit needed

• Flashgun

• Wide aperture zoom

There’s nothing more exciting and nervewracking than being asked to photograph someone’s wedding. On one hand, it’s a great boost for your portfolio and a bit of extra pocket money. But on the other, it may leave you fretting as it’s such a huge responsibility.

Let’s face it, at some point you could be called upon to take on such a task if you’re known for being the photographer in your circle of friends, but fear not, I’m here to run you through the basic equipment you’ll need as well as take you through some of the key shots you’ll need to take on the couple’s big day.

Due to lockdown and social distancing measures, weddings have been on hold for much of 2020, but we’re now starting to see these social gatherings take place, albeit with less guests, but it’s often smaller weddings that feel more relaxed and can be a great opportunity to get in the experience with less pressure.

SET UP TO CAPTURE COUPLES ON THEIR MAGICAL DAY

Wedding gear can be pricey, but simple kit, like a DSLR or EOS M and a flashgun, will all work well

01 CANON CAMERA BODY

We’d recommend using a full-frame camera for weddings, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The larger full-frame sensors provide better depth of field, tend to handle noise better at high ISOs and are more forgiving when cropped in post-processing.

02 CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS

On a full-frame camera a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens would be a great choice, as you have the ability to zoom and also have a wide maximum aperture of f/2.8. Prime lenses, such as a fast 35mm or 50mm, are also great options as they have super-wide apertures.

03 BRING A FLASHGUN

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November 2020