It is important to come prepared when tasked with photographing a wedding. This means having a good idea of the venue, coming up with a list of shots you want to take, and bringing all the necessary gear and accessories to make that happen.
One of those important accessories is the lens, and you’re not just going to bring one of them but quite a few. While it’s not necessary to bring your entire arsenal, it helps to have those that can cover all the shots you want to take.
Here’s a look at the best wedding photography lenses to bring:
An 85mm for portraits
A short telephoto lens like the 85mm allows you to get really close to a subject to really focus on the face, step back a little to capture their entire body, or be somewhere in between.
Essentially, you’ll be able to capture not just a subject but the surrounding environment as well. Yes, this may be a wedding between two people who love each other but capturing the setting is equally important.
A 75-200mm for capturing all the emotion
You can go with the F4 or F2.8 variety with this lens and either option is capable of producing gorgeous bokeh. And if you don’t want to take along a separate lens for portrait photography, this one will do the job just as well.
It’s the telephoto nature of this lens that makes it a must-have during weddings despite its bulk. A wedding is an event filled with emotion and it is your duty as wedding photographer to capture that – be it from the people getting married or those attending the special occasion.
With a 70-200mm, you can stay far from the couple and the guests while capturing the much-needed emotional shots. The last thing you want to do during a wedding is stick a camera close to the couple getting married thus distracting from what could be a beautiful moment.
A 105mm macro lens for details
As a wedding photographer, you are there at every moment of the big day. From the moment the soon-to-be weds are preparing to the celebrations after the exchange of vows, you are there to capture not just moments but details.
And one of the best tools for capturing gorgeous detail is a macro lens. Be it the wedding rings, the detail of the wedding dress, or the accessories the wedding entourage is wearing, you are there to document it all.
Plus, a macro lens can also be used to shoot portraits.
A 24-70mm lens for a wider perspective
A wedding is a celebration participated by a lot of people. And having a wide-angle lens on you helps put as much people into the frame as possible. A wide-angle lens like this is ideal for taking photos of the location and shooting candids.
A wedding is an important event between two people and capturing the rollercoaster of emotions during the occasion falls upon your shoulders. There might be lenses that can reach far wider or longer, but these presented here allow you to capture the most important moments that happen in a wedding.