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Know Your Stuff

Entering the field of professional wedding photography involves an investment—but you don't need to own every lens and gadget under the sun. Prioritize the features that matter most for your shooting style—and resist those that don't.

On the day of the wedding, keep it simple—try not to bring a lot of additional equipment that won't be used. It's simply more stuff to lug around, and more to dig through when searching for that one lens you really need, just as the ceremony is about to start! Figure 12 shows the gear I use for 90% of my wedding work.

Figure 12

Figure 12 This is my basic gear setup when photographing a wedding. (Backup bodies and flashes not pictured!)

Above all, know your equipment well, so that it becomes an extension of you—a way to serve your vision. Stunning images can be created with very simple gear, provided that it's of high quality and the user knows what to do with it. Ultimately, a photographer's knowledge, skill, and experience with her own equipment is nearly as important as the equipment itself.

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