Hi, I’m Cole Kor from 2 of Us Photography, a wedding photography business based in Singapore. I usually do pre-wedding photography, both local and overseas as well as the actual wedding day photography.
I like to play around and experiment with shooting techniques and creative lighting, hence having a variety of equipment is a joy for me. Before I go on, let me provide a summary of the equipment I use.
Camera Bodies :
Canon 5D MK III and Nikon D750
Lenses (Canon) :
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L, Canon 50mm f/1.2L, Canon 100mm f/2.8L, Canon 135mm f/2.0L, Canon 200mm f/2.8L
Lenses (Nikon) :
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
MagMod with Honeycomb, LED Light, Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Canon Speedlite 580EX, Nissin MG8000 for Nikon
Spider Holster, Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Trigger Set with receivers for Canon and Nikon.
I was a vivid user of Canon equipment for the past 15 years. However recently with the launch of the Nikon D750 and after hearing raving reviews about it, I tried it out and was very impressed with its capabilities. Its dynamic range, noise level at low light conditions and low light focusing capability were the factors that tempted me to start using that camera.
The Nikon D750’s wireless capability together with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility App also provides me with the flexibility to remote adjust settings and take shots in difficult or complicated photography scenarios, especially during pre-wedding photography.
As I am equipped with both Canon and Nikon, I use the Phottix Odin transmitter and receiver series, which is compatible for both camera bodies.
Shooting Actual Wedding Photography
The wedding day photography in Singapore is generally quite fast-paced with events back to back. From receiving the bride to the dinner banquet, moments pass quickly. To facilitate the capturing of moments with minimum time spent on changing of camera or lenses, I arm myself with the Spider Holster. The Spider Holster allows me to conveniently use two cameras in a quick and convenient manner. Why I chose the Spider Holster is also mainly because of the weight distribution. The load is on my hips instead of my shoulders.
The two cameras I use are the Canon 5D MK III and the Nikon D750. I will usually have the MK III mounted with the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L or Canon 50mm f/1.2L and the Nikon mounted with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 (see our review) or Nikon 85mm f/1.8 depending on the conditions.
Why these lenses? I use the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L as a wide angle lens at 16mm usually. As for the Nikon 35mm f/1.8, I use it for most of the shots during the day. I choose to use the 35mm because it is slightly wider than 50mm, allowing me to capture more within a short distance, and it also allows me to play around with layering (Storytelling).
For lighting, I generally utilise natural light for actual day wedding photography.
Shooting Pre Wedding Photography
For Pre-Wedding Photography, I generally use the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L for wide angle shots. The Canon 135mm f/2, Canon 200mm f/2.8 as well as the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 for Portrait shots depending on the conditions.
I love the use of lighting for pre wedding sessions as I have the freedom and time to use natural light, flashes and LED light for my photo composition. I am an avid user of flash, which allow me to play around with creative lighting, especially in constrained places.
The MagMod with Honeycomb provides me with alternative means to play around with the lights.
While the above is generally how I use my equipment, I am a believer of creativity and my use of equipment will differ when I come across a different location or scenario. I like to try different equipment when possible and I often do that with my other photographer friends.