Having the best camera equipment is very important in being a professional wedding photographer. Also, having a backup camera (or two) will make sure that you are covered if something happens. Wedding photography cameras should have interchangeable lenses, manual modes, RAW shooting and a hot shoe slot for flash. But that leaves several dozen mirrorless and DSLR options.
Best Cameras for Wedding Photography
- Sensor SizeThe larger the sensor, the more light it can gather from a single shot. These will also create softer backgrounds, even when using a lens with the same aperture. Full frame sensors are arguably the most popular among wedding photographers.
- AutofocusA majority of the images in that wedding album will be photographs of moving subjects. Most Autofocus systems can perform well in good light.
- Dual SD cardsTwo SD card slots come in handy. You can write the same files on both cards to avoid a technical error causing every wedding photographer’s nightmare: loosing the images. Or, you can use the feature to swap out cards less.
- Battery LifeWedding photography cameras are shooting all day long – battery life is important. While even DSLR shooters should still pack an extra battery, before you buy, look at the battery life to see just how many spares you’re going to want in your bag.
- Portrait Prime: The 85mm and 50mm f/1.8
- Wide-Angle Zoom: The 24-70mm f/2.8
- Versatile Telephoto: The 70-200mm f/2.8
- Use Backlighting
- Use Sidelighting
- Use a Reflector
- Balance Flash and Ambient Light
- Bring Your Flash Off-Camera