Our Second and Lead Photographer Gear Guide

This is the gear list we recommend for lead and second shooters:

SECOND SHOOTER MUST HAVES

Camera

Lenses

  • f/2.8 to f/4 Wide (16-35, 17-40, 14)
  • f/2.8 Zoom (24-70)
  • f/2.8 Telephoto (70-200)
  • f/1.4 to f/1.2 Prime (50)
  • f/2.8 Macro Prime (100)

Memory

  • 4x 32GB or 64GB SD + CF Pairs

Lights

  • 1x On-Camera Flash w/ Focus Assist
  • 2x Off-Camera Flash (Canon 600/Phottix Mitros+)
  • Constant Light/LED Panel (Neewer)

Light Modifiers

  • 5-in-1 Reflector (Westcott)
  • White Satin Umbrella (Westcott)
  • 2 Grid/Snoots (MagMod)
  • 2x Flash Gel CTO/CTB (MagMod)
  • 2x Light Stands (Manfrotto Nano)

Accessories

LEAD SHOOTER ADDITIONS

Camera

Lenses

  • f/1.4 Prime (20/24)
  • f/1.4 Prime (35)
  • f/1.4 to 1.2 Prime (85)
  • Free lens (50) or Tilt-Shift (45/90)
  • + Other Creative Lenses of Choice

Memory

  • + 4x 32GB or 64GB SD + CF Pairs

Lights

  • +1x (Backup) On-Camera Flash w/ Focus Assist
  • +2 (4 Total) Off-Camera Flash w/ Radios (Canon 600/Phottix Mitros+)
  • + Optional Profoto B1/B2 (great for groups/power)

Light Modifiers

Accessories

  • +Putty or Sticky Dots for Details
  • +10 Stop ND (optional, daytime shutter drags)
  • +Additional Creative Accessories of Choice

Chapter One

  • 1.1 Trailer
  • 1.2 Introduction - Why Are We Here?
  • 1.3 10 Easily Avoidable Wedding Blunders from 200 Wedding Photographers
  • 1.4 Our Favorite Lenses Among 10,000 Wedding Photographs
  • 1.5 Pre-Ceremony Checklist from 200 Wedding Photographers
  • 1.6 Favorite SFX Creative Accessories During the Ceremony
  • 1.7 Our Second and Lead Photographer Gear Guide
  • 1.8 Assignment: SFX Creative Ceremony Shot
  • 1.9 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter One
  • Chapter Two

  • 2.1 Telling a Complete and Cohesive Story
  • 2.2 What To Photograph Within a Single Wedding Moment | Wedding Week
  • 2.3 How To Photograph A Wedding Ceremony With A Team
  • 2.4 Team Lens Synergy
  • 2.5 Processional Movement and Positioning
  • 2.6 Ceremony Movement and Positioning
  • 2.7 Recessional Movement and Positioning
  • 2.8 Assignment: Within a Single Moment
  • 2.9 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three

  • 3.1 Pre-Ceremony: Grip & Grins and Candids
  • 3.2 Processional: Groom + Wedding Party
  • 3.3 Processional: Bride's Entrance
  • 3.4 Ceremony: The Couple
  • 3.5 Ceremony: The Scene and Venue
  • 3.6 Ceremony: Wedding Party + VIPs
  • 3.7 Ceremony: Moments
  • 3.8 Ceremony: The Kiss
  • 3.9 Recessional: The Couple + VIPs
  • 3.10 Bonus: Ceremony Coverage In Practice
  • 3.11 Assignment: Key Ceremony Moments
  • 3.12 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Three Quiz
  • Chapter Four

  • 4.1 Cultural Case Studies: Christian (Non-Denominational) Weddings
  • 4.2 Cultural Case Studies: Catholic Weddings
  • 4.3 Cultural Case Studies: Chinese + Asian Tea Ceremonies
  • 4.4 Cultural Case Studies: Mormon/Latter-Day Saints
  • 4.5 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Baraat
  • 4.6 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Ceremony
  • 4.7 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Lightroom
  • 4.8 Cultural Case Studies: Iranian/Persian Weddings
  • 4.9 Cultural Case Studies: Jewish (General) Weddings
  • 4.10 Assignment: Cultural Wedding Coverage
  • 4.11 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Four Quiz
  • Chapter Five

  • 5.1 Foreground Elements
  • 5.2 Why You Should Use A Tilt-Shift Lens For Wedding Photography
  • 5.3 Prism
  • 5.4 Free Lens
  • 5.5 Other Creative Angles and Effects
  • 5.6 Assignment: Special Effects
  • 5.7 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Five Quiz
  • Chapter Six

  • 6.1 Dark Chapel
  • 6.2 Dark Indoor Hotel
  • 6.3 Assignment: Shed Light On The Darkness
  • 6.4 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Six Quiz
  • Chapter Seven

  • 7.1 Awards + Community Critique
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