Hello Everyone! I’m Govinda Rumi and I’m a wedding photographer and also cofounded a destination wedding photography company called Terralogical, based in the beautiful island of Bali.
I always put freedom, passion and a child-like approach on tackling wedding assignments.
If I had to describe my photography style in one word, it would be freedom. Not being influenced by “the correct way to shoot weddings”. For years I’ve been a DSLR user with a half-hearted tendency to shoot mirrorless. I’ve owned the Fujifilm X-E1, Fujifilm X-E2, Fujifilm X-T1, Sony a7S, Sony a7R II, but I’ve never been fully confident of using only mirrorless for a wedding.
Since the a9 came out last year however, I sold all my gear and converted 100% to Sony. The a9 is what I call a silent beast. A superior AF tracking technology which includes the amazing eye-focus, and accompany it with the silent shutter. I have the ultimate wedding, street, and portrait camera in my hands.
It gives me freedom to focus on what matters the most, which is anticipating moments and framing them into beautiful compositions. I don’t have to worry if an image is out of focus, and since it uses an Electronic Viewfinder, I spend less time on checking the exposure every time I produce an image. (See our guide to framing in photography here.)
So how do I arrange my setup during weddings?
I like to use two different combinations during weddings, depending on the lighting and location.
The lightweight combo is the 28mm f/2 FE along with the 55mm f/1.8 FE. This is my default combo. The lighter the setup the more flexible I am to move around.
The heavyweight combo is the 35mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss FE and the 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss FE. I use this if a venue has bad lighting or if a venue has messy backdrop where I can just blur it out – if I have to.
The last ones which I usually use during ceremonies are the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and the 85mm f/1.8 FE when things usually move quite fast and I need the flexibility of a zoom lens.
Other stuff in my kit include:
Godox V860 II for Nikon – Yes, it’s a part of my old gear setup. I never use flash other than after-parties, so I don’t have the need to buy a new one for Sony (Nikon flashes work with Sony).
For a normal wedding day, I usually use two Sandisk EXTREME Pro UHS-II 64gb 280mbps in the first a9 slot and partnering it up with two Sandisk EXTREME Pro UHS-I 64gb 95mbps for a jpeg backup on the second a9 slot.
On destination assignments, I bring my Nintendo Switch to power through long flights. I am currently playing Fifa 18 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
I also have the Bose QC 35 II which are good enough to cancel out noise for a peaceful flight whenever I need to sleep.
List of Kit:
Sony a9 x 2
Sony FE 28mm f/2
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
Sony GM FE 24-70mm f/2.8
Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4
Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8
Sony Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4
Sandisk EXTREME Pro UHS-II 64gb 280mbps x2
Sandisk EXTREME Pro UHS-I 64gb 95mbps x2
Bose QC 35 II