The thing about wedding photography lenses is that everyone has their own preference.
You can get in to all the technical elements and buy a super expensive lens but if the lens doesn’t work right in terms of the style of photos you are trying to shoot, it’s no good for you.
On that note, here are the main lenses I use when shooting a wedding.
Again…. There is no wrong or right, as long as the lenses you choose to use help create the photos you and your clients are happy with, then who cares what you do or don’t use 🙂
During the wedding prep, whether I’m shooting the bride or groom, I generally lean towards the Canon 50mm f1.4 or Sigma 24.70mm f2.8. This is the time during the day where I tend to shoot as much detail as possible ie the wedding dress before the bride puts it on, the ring shots if I’m due to shoot these, hair & makeup, the shoes and any other details. I find the 50mm f1.4 works great for me as it’s a versatile lens in terms of shooting low light and also great for portraits and just generally documentary shots. It gives me a beautiful soft image with plenty of bokeh when I want it.It works amazing for capturing the energy as the bride / groom is getting ready and you can edge in closer to your subject to get some great bokeh too. It’s a lens which makes people feel less intimidated so it’s a great one to start up on all around. I’ll use the 24-70mm in the scenario where I wish to get more of the environment in the shot. If I’m photographing bride and bridal party formal shots, I’ll use the 24-70mm as it’s a great wide lens.
It’s a key time to be shooting from a distance and so the Canon 70-200m f2.8 comes to play. This is the lens I use for the ring exchange shots and candids of the guests during the ceremony plus aisle shots. Although it’s a long lens its discreet as you can shoot from a distance and capture the details. You can really work it to get some great bokeh on there too should I wish to. I photograph the guests arriving and so I stick with the 50mm or 24-70 for this part of the day and switch to the 70-200 as the ceremony begins. There have been occasions where I’ve captured more intimate ceremonies and the 24-70mm has worked it’s magic. So it does really depend on the venue and scenario since each wedding is so different.
In general I keep the prime lenses I’ll be using, with me in the bag. The portraits through out the day and evening are usually captured with the 50mm f1.4 and group formals with the 24-70mm f2.8. If there’s a big wedding reception and it’s a large venue, I can shoot candid portraits with the 70-200mm from a safe distance so as to not get in people’s faces!
All in all, the most important thing foe me personally is packing light as possible for the day, with the key equipment I can use as quickly as possible.
Hope this helps and feel free to comment below with any questions you may have!
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