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  1. 1. ==== ====For great photography tips, CHECK THIS OUT! ====There are generally four kinds of photography lenses that every wedding photographer shouldhave in his or her gig bag:Wide-Angle ZoomWide-to-Telephoto ZoomImage-Stabilized Telephoto ZoomPrime/Portrait LensesWide-Angle ZoomWide-angle zoom lenses are one of the most important photography lenses that every weddingphotographer should have, typically 17mm to 35mm in length with a fixed aperture of f/2.8. Theyprovide a large depth of field, making it simple to have foreground and background in focus. Theyare an indispensable wedding photography equipment which allows versatility in confined areassuch as a small banquet room or crowded dance floor. While shorter photography lenses allowyou to capture more details, wide-angle zoom lenses allow you to capture more reactions andatmosphere to tell a richer story.To elaborate further, wide-angle zoom photography lenses allow you to shoot a wider perspectiveof moments happening around the major subject, hence providing a bigger picture of the entireevent. For example, wide-angle photos have the capability to tell "stories within a story", allowingyou to reveal more of the story behind the shot. This is essential for a good photojournalisticwedding photography. As events surrounding weddings are so time sensitive, good photographylenses will allow you to capture as many actions or emotions in the quickest time as possible.When used in a venue such as the church or ballroom, wide-angle zoom photography lenses alsomagnify the grandeur and spaciousness of the area, which encapsulates the creative feel for aphotojournalistic wedding photography.However, you need to be selective of the scenes or actions using wide-angle photography lenses,as a caveat to shooting wide is that it creates some body distortion, particularly when a subject isphotographed close-up. Generally, people tend to look heavier and shorter on the edges, whilearms can look huge. The last thing you want is to have the bride cursing you for making her looklike she has put on 10 pounds! To get around this problem, you should as far as possible avoidputting the bride and groom at the edges of the wide-angle distortion. In addition, wide-anglephotography lenses might also introduce distracting or unwanted elements into the frame, whichwould otherwise ruin a picture perfect moment.
  2. 2. Wide-to-Telephoto ZoomWide-to-telephoto lenses are the single most important photography lenses that a weddingphotographer cannot do without. They should ideally be lenses that cover somewhere around the20-70mm focal length range with an aperture of f/2.8. This ideal range lets you get wide enough totake a group photograph and close enough to capture facial emotions in your candid shots or athree-quarter portrait of a couple without the undesirable effects of wide-angle perspectivedistortion. They also double as good lenses for portraits. Given just this lens, you would be able tocapture most of the shots needed for a wedding decently well.Image-Stabilized Telephoto ZoomImage-stabilized telephoto zoom lenses are also essential items in your wedding photographyequipment checklist. The 70-200mm focal length is an important range for wedding ceremonyphotos. It allows you to give your subjects more space in situations where you dont want to get inthe way. As you will often be photographing down the aisle from the back of the church, image-stabilized telephoto zoom lenses will come in very handy. 200mm is long enough to be able totake 3/4 length images of the bride and groom exchanging their vows while staying at areasonable distance away from the action and 70mm is wide enough to take in the bridesmaids orgroomsmen as a group without switching photography lenses.A good point to note is that when using such photography lenses, nice blurred background can beachieved with maximum wide apertures of f/2.8 and long focal lengths of 200mm or 300mm,whether you are using a full-frame or a small sensor body. This allows you to isolate the subjectfrom its background, and to focus attention on the image as the main subject you want to portray.Such photography lenses are especially useful for shots where you are unable to get in close andfor intimate and private moments, where you want to be an unobserved stranger at a distance.Some examples include a stolen glance, a mischievous grin, a kiss - the details that are effectivelyconveyed by the emotions. Image-stabilized telephoto zoom photography lenses hence play animportant role in capturing such moments.These image-stabilized telephoto zoom photography lenses arent only good for blurrybackgrounds or shooting events from a distance. They could also be used to photograph stunningfacial close-ups from creative angles above or below the subject that dont exhibit the normaldistortions of large chins or shrinking heads that come from wider photography lenses.Yet another advantage of such photography lenses is that you can use the small-sensor cameras1.5x crop factor to your favour. The 200/2.8 long end of the standard zoom effectively becomes300/2.8, a lens that would cost $4000 for a full-frame camera. The effective 300mm length allowsfor more creative photo angles than shorter photography lenses, such as tightly cropped images ofthe grooms hands lifting the brides veil or the bride and grooms hands while they put rings oneach others fingers.The obvious disadvantage of image-stabilized telephoto zooms is that in many cases, longphotography lenses tend to disconnect the subject from the main scene and there might be little tono context as to why the subject may have had expressed how they were feeling, the whereaboutsof the subject and who else was there.
  3. 3. When using a small-sensor camera as your primary or backup body, the other disadvantage ofimage-stabilized telephoto zoom lenses is that neither Nikon, Canon or Sony make an f/2.8 lensthat gives you an effective 70-200mm focal length. Hence, you would have to pay the high priceand carry the weight of photography lenses designed for a full-frame camera.Canons Image-Stabilization, Nikons Vibration-Reduction and Sonys SteadyShot INSIDE systemsare indispensable in allowing you to hand-hold these large and heavy long photography lenses,especially in low light situations. Every wedding photographer should ensure that the image-stablization and vibration-reduction features are available on their long lenses. You might alsowant to consider using a tripod to ensure continuous, accurate subject placement and sharpphotos. Such telephoto zoom photography lenses are huge investments and if you have a budgetconstraint or an amateur just starting out, you might want to consider rental instead.Prime LensesPrime lenses are essentially photography lenses with fixed focal lengths, as opposed to zoomlenses, which have variable focal lengths of say 24-70mm or 17-55mm. Prime lenses generallyhave a better optical quality than zoom photography lenses, and usually come with widermaximum apertures such as f/2.8 or f/1.8.Good prime lenses are must-have photography lenses for any wedding photographer, as they areexcellent for taking good portraits. Although you will be adequately equipped for a wedding shootwith the three zoom lenses in your lens kit as discussed above, it is worth including two to threefast prime lenses in your bag as well. These photography lenses are compact, light, and fairlyinexpensive and would probably be needed in about 10 to 20% of a wedding shoot.Faster prime photography lenses are ideal in situations where f/2.8 aperture is not enough to getthe motion-stopping shutter speed or shallow depth of field desired, whether for artistic or technicalreasons. For example, an image that requires a 1/20th of a second shutter speed at f/2.8 will onlyrequire 1/60th of a second at f/1.8, forming a distinction between a sharp image and a blurry one.Many professional wedding photographers actually include prime lenses in their gig bags as aneconomical backup to their zoom lenses. Not many people could afford to purchase an additional70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens as a backup and you also want to prevent a frantic situationwhereby your photography lens fails on you during a crucial moment.There are many prime lenses available on the market but most photographers would include a28/1.8, 50/1.8, and 85/1.8 in their prime photography lenses kit to be used on a full-frame body.The 28mm is wide enough to cover most ceremony locations and confined spaces, the 50mm isgood for small groups or a priest blessing a couple, and the 85mm is long enough for ceremonyvows and exchange of rings. A wedding can be successfully photographed with just these threephotography lenses.When you make a well-informed choice on the right photography lenses to use, it will definitelyelevate your wedding photography to a more professional level.The author is a professional wedding photographer based in Singapore. You may check out her
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