Essential Gear for Wedding Photography

Photographing weddings can be a huge task. You need to capture all the special moments between the bride and groom, and their friends and families–and you only have one chance to get it right. To lessen your stress level, professional wedding photographer Moshe Zusman provides a rundown of the necessary equipment you should have in your camera bag so you can capture the best shots on the big day:

Moshe Zusman’s Wedding Gear Bag Essentials

Recommended Lenses for Wedding Photography

To ensure he has the proper equipment for any situation, Zusman carries five different lenses to shoot weddings.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

This versatile lens captures everything from wide shots to close-up portraits, making it a good choice to keep on the camera when photographing the couple and the bridal party.

bride and groom

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

This longer lens is the one to choose when you need to capture the couple’s special moments at the alter, but need to stay at the back of the venue. The extensive zoom allows you to capture great portraits from a distance, so you don’t have to worry about invading the couple’s privacy when you snap a shot of them kissing.

creative wedding photography

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II

This super wide-angle lens is an excellent choice for photographing crowds, and Zusman suggests using it during the reception. A wide-angle lens is great for capturing the entire set up of the reception room, even if you’re in close quarters.

reception wide angle

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L

You knew the ol’ “nifty 50” would make an appearance in this list, right?  Perfect for capturing portraits, this lens allows you to shoot with a shallow depth of field to create an image that really focuses on the subject.

bride portrait

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L

This macro lens is exactly what you need to capture all the little things that make each wedding unique. From the topper on the cake to the sparkle of the wedding ring, the 100mm allows you to take crystal-clear photos of the smallest details.

ring close up macro

Zusman’s Tips for a Successful Wedding Photo Session

Using the right lens for the situation is half the battle, but there’s more to creating the ideal image than simply snapping the picture. Zusman shared a few tips to help you capture the memories the couple will want to remember forever.

  1. Don’t leave home without a backup camera. Regardless of whether you’re a single or multi-camera photographer, you should always pack a secondary camera in case of emergency.
  2. Use a flash that can be mounted elsewhere. A camera-mounted flash is good, but it may not always give you the exact style of lighting you want. Using a separable flash that can be triggered by a transmitter will open a whole new world of lighting options for you.
  3. Small tools can have a huge impact. Zusman loves his speedlight clamp because it is such a versatile piece of equipment. Attaching to virtually everything, the clip clamp can provide extra light from a myriad of places, allowing you to exercise more creativity in your shots.
  4. Balance light temperature with gels. Many weddings take place indoors, so you can never count on lighting that is consistent with the daylight temperature of your flash. Rather than changing all the light bulbs in the venue, you can make your flash temperature match the indoor lighting by attaching a gel, resulting in a unified lighting temperature that will give you a better overall image.

The wedding day can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful for the bride and groom. As a photographer, you have the ability to help them relax, have fun, and capture those happy moments.

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3 responses to “Essential Gear for Wedding Photography”

  1. Inge Wallumrød says:

    Why do you name your second camera as “backup”? Does that mean that you never use it until the 1DX fails? Then it is likely your 5D MkIII could stay home. Your second camera is to be used with your second choice of glass/lense. Backup is something you do at home with your files and data, your choice of camera 2 has nothing to do with backup. You will se a progress in your photography when you start using 2 or even 3-4 cameras at a wedding.

  2. John T Wylie Jr says:

    The ” Nifty Fifty” is the name for the 1.8 50mm , not the 1.2.

  3. Thanks for sharing. My gear is 5D Mk II, 24-105, 70-200 IS, 40mm stm. For backup 7D, 18-55 f2.8. I use flash gel with diffusers. I have the 24-70 lens but prefer to use the 24-105 as it has IS and a bit longer reach. To be honest, about 85 to 90% of my images are captured by the 24-105.

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