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As we run a city center studio and my business partner is away on holiday for two weeks, I did not have a wedding to photograph today as I was running the studio. I managed to get off early as my last appointment called to re-arrange their shoot.
As I walked home through the older part of town I have to pass the Church. I was pleased to see a wedding going on today at the Church as there are very few weddings held there these days. I arrived at the church at the same time as the bride and stopped to have a nose at the wedding TOG. The photographer had a very large Hamma camera bag, I was in a slightly elevated position and could see what was going quite well.
So, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that this wedding photographer had a Lunch Box, Her Handbag, One Spare lens and nothing else in her camera bag. In her hand was what looked like the equivalent of a Cannon 1100D or Nikon D3100. I could not see any Flash Gun, or Spare Bodies anywhere.
So there you go guys and gals, you don't need all that kit, as long as you have a full belly, your mobile phone, your wallet / purse and any old camera, you too can be a professional wedding photographer.
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Quote: Are we all waiting, with bated breath, for Lucian's contribution to this thread?
Ahh the missing one ....
Judging by the Huge amount of kit that some are lugging around the country it makes me wonder just what sought of insurance they have not only on the camera kit but also their cars.
Some car insurers do not cover personal items over £500 if damged in an accident or stolen with the car.
I have my car insured for business and pleasure it costs £150 more per year than social and domestic but covers personal items up to £5000 per item, also ALL my camera gear is insured independently including all the ancillaries.
Its easy to forget how much it would cost to replace all the bits and bobs
I had a young lady (21 or so) come up to me at a wedding in a large local hotel where they had two weddings on the same day. Turns out she was the other "photographer" and she had a Canon camera with a plastic kit lens and nothing else, on what must have been one of the most contrasty days of the year. What did she want?? - to "borrow" a CF card as hers was full.... ( I kid you not!). Wanna guess my reply?
So, yeah, you get who you want to bring their lunch box, one camera and a lens. They're welcome to that way of working.
I'll happily work away knowing that if all goes T*ts up that I've still got the gear to enable me to do a good job, waiting in my well-insured car outside...
Well the ones who are doing it on the cheap will often just be doing it for a little bit of extra cash, i.e. over and above what they earn from a completely unrelated job.
So it is not worth investing huge sums in equipment for them. It would not make economic sense.
Would you pay a Plumber who turned up to fix a leak in your pipes with a spanner, a screwdriver and a torch??? - and what if he asked you for a loan of a set of pipe grips?!!
Sorry CB, you either do it right or you don't do it at all in my opinion.
Quote: Would you pay a Plumber who turned up to fix a leak in your pipes with a spanner, a screwdriver and a torch???
Pretty much that did happen actually - and I had to help him with the work. Lol!
Quote: you either do it right or you don't do it at all in my opinion.
In theory I agree, but in practice there are those who would rather pay (say) £200 rather than £750-1000+......... and take the risk. It is not as if physical damage will be caused by any incompetence or lack of equipment.
Quote: Sorry CB, you either do it right or you don't do it at all in my opinion
If the photographer turned up at my wedding with four large camera bodies, five flash units and copious amounts of other kit I think I would have become pretty nervous
Quote: If the photographer turned up at my wedding with four large camera bodies, five flash units and copious amounts of other kit I think I would have become pretty nervous
Couldn't Agree more, quite why you would need to take a lap top with you to a wedding is beyond me.
- Two Camera Bodies.
- One f2.8 long zoom.
- Two f2.8 short zooms.
- Two Flash guns.
- Plenty of memory cards and batteries.
- A tripod (usually used to attach my flash gun too for some off camera flash for the evening bride and groom shots).
There has been the odd occasion when I have taken the studio lights, but only if it is raining enough to allow no chance of going outside and if I have phoned ahead to the venue to check that they have sufficient space to use them inside for the groups and bride & groom portraits.
If it wasn't for wedding photographers companies like Nikon and Canon would surely go bust. I am staggered by the amount of kit you seem to need to shoot a wedding.
There's a difference between what you need and what you choose to carry. I certainly don't need what I choose to carry, but when you've fallen backward over a kid and smashed your camera, main lens and flashgun then it brings it home to you just how easily the job can go awry. And we have to remember that it's a job we're being paid to carry out, where the customer is expecting results, there are no second chances and where reputation depends on you getting it right every time.
The ability to say to the Bride "sorry love I've broken my only camera / ran out of cards / broken my tripod / ran out of batteries, so I'm leaving early" just is not good for business...
Well, lots of interesting opinions and information! I think if I got to deep into this and took everyones opinion as set, I'd be unbelievably nervous! Ultimately everyone starts somewhere and I think some people are a bit to "this is a must and you have to do this". But naturally, I appreciate everyones thoughts and opinions on this matter .
Quote: I think some people are a bit to "this is a must and you have to do this". But naturally, I appreciate everyones thoughts and opinions on this matter .
The truth is that you can do as little or as much as you like. You don't HAVE to do anything, you can plough your own furrow and come up with your version of wedding photography. The prooof of the pudding will be in the amout of business you can generate showing clients YOUR version of wedding photography.
Whatever you're doing, just do it to the best of your ability and don't short change the customer... we always try and over-deliver on our clients expectations.
Quote: If it wasn't for wedding photographers companies like Nikon and Canon would surely go bust. I am staggered by the amount of kit you seem to need to shoot a wedding.
About half as much that I, as a total amateur, think I need to shoot the odd landscape and street scene!!
Quote: I would also consider doing tethered shots, especially the important ones. They do it in the studios
Guess you have never done a cattle market, sorry registry office
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