I am so excited to be sharing with you all the answer to one of the most common questions I receive, “What is your favorite gear and why?” So today I’m sharing with you my favorite photography gear that I personally use in my day-to-day in shooting weddings, engagements, and portraits.
Favorite Camera Body
This is my baby! My go-to body lens. I love it so much that I actually have two Nikon D750 bodies. It’s what I primarily use for portraits and events. I love pairing this body with some of my favorite prime lenses.
I’m 100% a prime girl. I love prime lenses! What sets prime lenses apart from other lenses is that prime lenses don’t zoom in and out. They are fixed to a focal length which means that if I want to “Zoom” I walk closer in distance with my feet and if I want a shot that is zoomed out, I walk back a few feet.
I absolutely LOVE prime lenses because of the aperture capability. Aperture controls the depth of field of an image, so if you want the background to be more blurry, the aperture controls that feature. Aperture also controls your ability to shoot in low light. Examples include shooting indoor lowly lit receptions and other lowly lit events.
Low aperture lenses at 1.8 or 1.4 allow you to shoot in lower lighting using a lower ISO which in turn allows for clear and crisp photos in low lit settings. With lenses that have a higher aperture lens, you would need to increase your ISO to shoot in low lighting and potentially create grain within your photos, providing a lower quality image. So in conclusion, the best lenses for lowly lit events is definitely one with a lower aperture, and that’s why the following lenses are my top favorites!
1. 50mm 1.4 Lens
The “nifty-fifty” is one of my top favorite lenses! It provides quality images and works perfectly for shooting weddings. It gives you that nice depth of field and is great for lowly lit situations as mentioned before. If you ever wonder what’s one must-have lens, this is definitely it!
2. 85mm 1.4 Lens
I really love this lens because it creates beautiful imagery and possesses beautiful compression. I also love this one for its low lighting capabilities, excellent depth of field, and is a wonderful lens for portraiture.
3. 35mm 1.4 Lens
I love the flexibility this lens affords me. Once again, it’s super important to choose lenses with the lowest aperture. As you’ll notice most of my lenses are 1.4 lenses and that’s because I enjoy the ability of having a lens that picks up on the available light in lowly-lit events without compromising quality. This lens is particularly great for documentary purposes, more of a story-telling purpose as it has a wider focal length.
These are my top 3 favorite lenses! If you’re wondering how I work with these lenses: Typically, I’ll have one lens on one body and another lens on another body in order to achieve different aspects or different compositions of imagery throughout the day.
If you have any questions or would like recommendations on which lens is best suited for your needs, please reach out to me at the Photobomb Academy Facebook group where I would love to answer your questions and show you the support you need to have a thriving photography business.
Want some more photography tips?! Get my 5 Game-Changing Photography tips to improve your client experience and images ASAP!
Enter your name and email below and it’s yours!