Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
“The big pro lenses I use are so heavy that holding my camera without a strap would leave my fingers incredibly sore after a whole day’s shooting. This wrist strap ensures that all the weight is transferred to my wrist, meaning I don’t even have to grip onto my DSLR.”
Lastolite EZ Balance Collapsible Light Balancing Disk
James uses it to work out the correct exposure and white balance when shooting indoors. “The grey side is used to set the correct exposure: take a meter reading in Manual mode and adjust the shutter speed and aperture until the exposure level indicator is central.”
Choose the right lens
“When shooting indoors you have far less light to work with,” notes James. “Rather than raising the ISO or using a flashgun, you need a fast lens.
“Gbenga’s 18-55mm lens only allows him to shoot at a widest aperture of f/3.5. I use a 50mm f/1.4 at the front of the church, and a 135mm f/2 at the back. The wide aperture lets more light in and allows me to shoot without a tripod by applying the handheld rule (a 50mm lens lets me shoot at 1/50 sec).”