Hey everyone! My name is Unai and I am wedding photographer in Mandragora Photographers. We are based in Hondarribia, Spain. I have shot different types of photography like industrial, product, families and portrait for magazines in Madrid.
Since 2012 I have been really focusing all my efforts on weddings and gastronomy. My partner Xabi accompanies me to every wedding and we try to do a mix of photojournalism and elegant portraits.The last two years we have introduced more and more flash into our photography, to achieve greater contrast and visual impact.
I try to take the least possible equipment to weddings, to feel light. I wear necessary equipment in the ThinkTank Retrospective 7. It is the bag that has given me the best results so far. It also has a silent closing feature that allows me to go unnoticed in churches.
I perform weddings with a Canon 5D Mark III camera and take the Fuji X-T1 with the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 in the bag for specific moments. This year I want to try this mirrorless more at weddings to see how it behaves. I am still testing.
Last year I shot most of the weddings with the Sigma 50mm f / 1.4 DG HSM. This is a very versatile lens. I use it for photojournalism and portraiture. In the portraits I like to have a close relationship with the couples to maintain a good conversation.
Previously I used an 85mm, but I dismissed it from my bag because I didn’t want to keep that distance from my subjects. I also want more sharpness.
The Canon 35mm f / 1.4L USM I usually use less often, in small places, taking some photos of the couple during the bridal session and during the party.
Since last year we use the Manfrotto MMC3-01 Monopod a lot with flashes. During the couple session, this setup gives us the freedom to place the flash where we want. Lately I carry the monopod in my left hand while I take pictures during the party. This allows me to move the flash away from the camera and put it at an angle of 45 degrees.
In the camera I use two memory cards, the SanDisk Lexar 64Gb and SanDisk Lexar 32Gb. In the 64Gb card I keep raw files and with it I shoot the whole wedding. In the 32GB card I make a simultaneous copy of JPEGs.
Our kit is designed to have mobility at weddings and transform the environment via the use of the flashes.
Canon 5D Mark III Fuji X-T1
Canon 35mm f/1.4L USM
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Yongnuo YN-622C (x2)
Inside Unai’s Camera bag:
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