Nick Sparks

Wedding | Last Updated: January 29, 2021

Hi everyone, Nick Sparks here. No, not the author — the wedding photographer from Denver, Colorado. I’m here to tell you all about my photography gear and whatnot.

My kit is pretty small these days, a few years ago my wedding kit consisted of six lenses. As I developed my style more I found my lens preferences, I wanted to get rid of the clutter. My wedding kit is now down to just two lenses and a backup lens.

Sony A7III (x2)
These cameras are all I need. Great autofocus, low light performance, IBIS and 15 stops of dynamic range. They have just enough megapixels too. The video features are also great for my needs, they keep me from needing a second camera system for video work.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
This lens is extremely light and feels great on the A7III body. I love the sharpness and colour rendition of the Zeiss Batis line.

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
Hands down my favourite lens from Sony. It’s magical wide open, while it’s a little heavier than the Batis 25mm, it’s still extremely light for an 85mm f/1.8.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
This lens is used exclusively as a backup, just in case.

Aputure AL-M9 LED
This video light is small and great for adding a little fill at wedding receptions. It pairs great with the A7III‘s high ISO performance.

Godox TT350S Flash (x2)
My use of a flash is minimal these days, but it comes in handy for indoor groups and late night dancing.

Yongnuo YN216 LED (x2)
These are great if the first dance lighting is a little flat and I need to add backlight. I have them on Gorillapods and attach them to the DJ’s speaker stands.

Yongnuo YN360 LED
This light is great for dark getting-ready rooms. It’s also handy when using your assistant as a moving light stand.

Hoya 72mm HMC Close-Up Filter Set II
I used to carry around a big macro lens but found I used it less and less. These filters come in handy for couples who request a ring shot. Something I don’t do that much but just in case.

That’s it! That’s all I bring to a wedding. I find that some photographers like to have many options, but this kit really helps me focus on the important stuff—AKA taking great pictures! | @nicksparksphotography

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