Reportage wedding photography: pro tips for achieving a modern look

Reportage wedding photography: professional tips for achieving a modern look

Our professional photographer’s recommended gear

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: fast 50mm

Fast fifty!
For low light and indoor shots you need a fast prime lens. “A 50mm prime gives the ideal focal length on full-frame cameras like my Canon EOS-1Ds and Yasmine’s Canon EOS 5D Mark II,” says Brett. He uses Canon’s pro (and expensive at £1,170) EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. We lent Yasmine the cheaper but still excellent EF 50mm f/1.4.

Fast telephoto lens
“My Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is my workhorse lens for portraits, and especially for weddings,” says Brett. “It allows me to keep my distance while still capturing intimate moments, and the combination of a long focal length and constant f/2.8 aperture is great for blurring foregrounds and backgrounds to really focus on your subjects. I’ve found the Mark II version of the lens has improved focusing and IS performance over the Mark I.”


Our professional photographer's recommended gear: portable flash light

Portable flash light
“I use a battery-powered Elinchrom Ranger flash head and Rotalux softbox on an extender pole that my assistant Paul holds,” Brett says. “It’s powerful, reliable and not too heavy to carry. For years we just used a Canon Speedlite and Lastolite flash diffuser, which could capture equally striking results, but I would have to wait for the flash to recycle, and change batteries frequently to avoid embarrassing delays at crucial moments.”


Our professional photographer's recommended gear: bum bags

Bum bags
Okay, so they’re not exactly bum bags! Brett uses a Think Tank belt pack carrying system made up of a sturdy belt and lens pouches. “This gives me quick access to all my main lenses and my flashgun, as well as batteries and memory cards,” he says. “It’s much quicker than slipping off and unzipping a backpack or shoulder bag. It also ensures I don’t leave a lens behind when I’m busy shooting!”

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Our professional photographer’s final advice for reportage wedding photography
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day


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  • gsmudger

    I’m a semi-pro photographer and I find this fashion for crazy angles mystifying. I’ll crank the angle for high-speed, aviation subjects, for example, or to add a little bit of disorientation or menace to an urban scene – it seems logical when it emphasises movement or puts the viewer off-balance. Are we supposed to attribute movement or menace to this lovely couple? Frankly, adding 45 degrees of crank to this otherwise nice shot just seems demented. A lot of the advice in this piece is fab but this obsession with tilt is incomprehensible.