In order to deliver a complete wedding photography service, you’re going to need lenses that allow you to capture each of the aspects of every type of photography with artistry and creativity. In a perfect world, we’d have the finances and manpower to haul every available lens to the venue; but in reality, we’re limited to a handful of accessible, high-quality, and versatile lenses. Lenses have already appeared whose image quality would have been marginal or unacceptable in the film era, but are acceptable in the digital era because the cameras for which they are intended automatically correct their defects. Here we’ll speak about some of our favorite lenses which are required for a perfect wedding photography session.
1. 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens: It creates a beautiful bokeh (blur) at f2.8, and the compression you get when you’re zoomed in from 150-200mm gives your image a look that’s hard to achieve with any other lens. It also allows you to get in close on the moment without disrupting the moment. It also allows you to capture candids, from the tears at a wedding ceremony to the laughs at a wedding reception.
2. 50mm f/1.2 Lens: It can save the day when the light starts to drop and allow you to bring out the backgrounds. It also, makes you less reliant on your flash, creating a softer, more natural look for your subjects, as illustrated in the following outdoor dance floor picture. The 50mm also allows you to create stunning portraits, as the low aperture creates the shallow depth of field that makes your subject pop off the page and softens your subject’s skin.
3. 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens: This is a critical lens for smaller spaces. For example, a mahendi ceremony in an Indian wedding is commonly held in a living room. The 70-200 would be too close for this situation, and the 50mm would not provide enough versatility, as you typically don’t have too much room for movement.
4. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens: If your bride and groom are spending thousands of dollars on the details of a wedding, they are sure to appreciate you capturing the event in detail. With the 100mm Macro, you can capture detailed shots with the same quality and detail as product advertisements in magazines.
5. 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Sometimes the 24-70mm lens just isn’t wide enough to capture everything you want. The ultra wide angle helps you capture your surroundings. Venue and landscape shots are also a great addition to your wedding day coverage, as it sets the scene for the day and allows you to take full advantage of the amazing scenery.
So, What do you think? What are your must-have lenses?