The best way for me to enjoy a wedding, is to get real creative with it! I have found, over the years, that the less gear I bring, the more creative I get!
It almost forces me to be more creative when I don’t have many options (like I use to). Instead of turning to my gear to make shots awesome, I turn to my surroundings and angles instead! The right angle makes all the difference in the world when taking a great shot and sometimes gear just slows you down!
Here is a list of my gear and how use it! Thanks for being interested ;)
• My ThinkTank Airport Take-Off has been through every wedding with me! I arrive to the wedding with this bag and pretty much never touch it again the entire day, unless I need a spare or I run out of batteries. It’s more of a transport for me then anything else.
• My ONA Leather Prince street bag is what I carry with me all day! It always has 2 lenses and a flash in it, along with extra batteries, remotes and SD cards. I love that it stays open so I can switch lenses real fast! It also look real cool, but it can get heavy by the end of the night.
• I have 2 Nikon D750’s, but I only shoot with one all day. I tried a 2 camera set-up, but it’s not for me. I have a simple camera strap that allows me to get on the ground and get the angle I need faster than using a 2 camera system and speed is the most important thing to me at a wedding. My 2nd camera is just back-up.
• My lenses are the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 which I use for 2-8 wide shots through out the day, the Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4, which is on my camera 50% of the time and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII which is on my camera the other 50% of the time. I also have a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro that I use for the rings shots.
• I use a Nikon SB-910 flash for my receptions (on camera) and I use 2 Yongnuo 560 III flashes with the YN-603N remotes for all of my off camera flash. I can’t recommend those Yongnuo flashes and remotes enough…. they are awesome!! and cheap ;)
• My Paul C Buff, Einstein studio light is mainly used for family shots with a soft white umbrella. I will also bring it out on sunny days when I need to balance my light with the sun. It’s such a powerful, versatile and small flash!!
• My Westcott Micro Apollo goes on my speed lights for any off camera flash I do and it also fits over the cone of my Einstein in a pinch!
• I love (and my assistants love) my SIRUI P-326 Carbon Fiber Monopod! It’s around $95 and great for any off camera flash use! Plus it gives my assistant something to hold all day.
• My Dolica Proline Tripod is cheap, but it gets the job done, it’s light weight and folds up pretty small. I use it for all of my light painting.
• The orange flashlight is from walmart and it works great for running around at night, light painting (guide) or just finding your gear in dark places!
• Think Tank Battery Holders and Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket SD card holders are simply the best!
• And I don’t shoot a single wedding without my sweat bands! I once had a camera die on me, because sweat got into the camera and that will never happen again! Wear two and have spares!
That is all! The fact that you read through this whole thing means the world to me! Follow me on instagram @joehendricks and say hello! Thank you