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05-08-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
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bare essentials for weddings

ok so i'm taking a part time course at a college on documentary wedding photography, which is pretty decent, but the teacher brought in all his stuff he has. but i really don't think any amateur 1. can afford all the lights, bags, etc... 2. really need all that stuff if he's not a professional doing wedding every weekend

i, being that amateur, am curious what you guys consider the bare essentials when doing a wedding job ... minus the obvious like extra batteries and memory cards :P

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Bare Essentials? (What I ususally bring)

2 Bodies (2x K10D)
1 Wide Angle Lens (DA 12-24mm)
1 Normal - Short Tele Lens (DA* 16-50mm)
1 Telephoto Lens (DA* 50-135mm or Sigma EX 70-200mm)
2 Flashes (AF540, AF360)
2 light stands and umbrella (Not required but very nice to have)
and of course the spare batteries/memory cards.

The 3 lenses should be fast/low light capable, so f2.8 would be great here.

For most of the weddings, I would have the Normal-Short Tele and Tele Lenses mounted. The Wide angle is reserved for those nice big group shots.

Flashes you can use if permitted, if not, then after the ceremony, you can use the flashes with the umbrellas and stand to help get more even lighting on the portraits and group shots.

I hope that helps, all this should be able to fit into a medium size bag/carrying case.
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