What’s in a Wedding Photographers Camera Bag
I was shooting an ‘out of area’ wedding last week (to me that is a wedding more than 20 miles from my home), went to pick up my camera bag and nearly had a hernia. It weighs photographer near me so much that it reminded me of being back in the Army with your life on your back. And that is just what my camera bag is – everything I need to shoot a wedding, or portrait or just people when I am away. A portable studio in fact ready for every eventuality.
You should make sure that your own wedding photographer has the equipment required with them, or in the car, to cope for any shot you may want!
Typical Wedding Photographer’s Kit (Canon User)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24-70mm L f2.8 (with UV filter)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 70-200mm L f2.8 IS (with UV filter)
Two Canon 580EXII speedlights, with Stofen diffusers and mounts
Two spare 5D Mark II batteries
Four sets of rechargeable batteries for the speedlights
One set of graduated filters for those (less and less used) creative moments
4 large waterproof plastic see though bags – just in case it rains
Gary Fong light sphere attached to the outside of the bag
Strobies flash diffuser in a case attached to the outside of the bag
Manfrotto monopod strapped to the outside of the bag
One small bag containing ‘hair scrunch’ with sparkly bits and champagne cork for adding to the ring shots. (Makes them a bit more interesting!)
Manuals for both camera and flash units – well you never know!
Leatherman tool in a case on the shoulder strap
Several climbing karabiners on the bag – come in handy when you need to secure stuff to tables / chairs
Two cleaning cloths
Bottle of cleaning fluid
3 sensor swabs
100Gb of memory cards
320Gb external HD
25 marketing brochures (for those guerrilla marketing moments!)
5 x 1Gb USB memory sticks
2 x 5Gb DVD-RW
DVD marker pen
Roll of gaffer tape on the outside
Lightweight tripod strapped to outside of the bag
Manfrotto tripod and joystick ball head on the outside of the bag
Small vanity case – I always carry hairspray, hair grips, brush, comb etc. It is much easier to make sure the bride looks perfect before the photograph is taken than in Photoshop afterwards.