Professional Full Frame Camera Body: Invest in a professional-grade full frame camera body that can handle the demands of wedding photography, providing exceptional image quality and versatility in various shooting conditions.
Backup Camera Body: Always have a backup camera body to ensure you can continue shooting without any interruption in case of equipment failure or malfunctions. Some photographers shoot with two bodies throughout the day. If this is the direction you’d like to go, you will also need a camera holster strap.
Prime Lenses: A set of prime lenses, including a 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm with a wide aperture (such as f/1.4), will allow you to capture stunning portraits and detail shots with excellent image quality and depth of field control.
Zoom Lens: Include a versatile zoom lens, like a 24-70mm with a wide aperture (f/2.8 or less), to capture a range of perspectives and cover different shooting scenarios throughout the wedding day.
Speedlight Flashes: Have at least four speedlight flashes to ensure you can effectively light various environments and achieve well-exposed photos, especially in low-light situations.
Backup Hard Drives: Safeguard your work by using reliable backup hard drives to store and protect your image files, minimizing the risk of data loss.
Computer with Relevant Software: Equip yourself with a computer that has essential software installed, including image editing programs like Lightroom and Photoshop, culling software like Photomechanic, and blogging and album design tools like BlogStomp and AlbumStomp.
Subscription Services: Consider subscribing to useful services like a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software such as Dubsado for managing clients and bookings, a gallery hosting site with sales automation like Pic-time for showcasing and selling prints or albums, and a file transfer subscription (e.g., WeTransfer or Dropbox) for efficient file sharing and backup within your team or second photographers.
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