A&P Wedding Photogs v. What do you take to with you?

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  1. Tonster MBA

    Tonster MBA OT'r of the Year 2013 OT Supporter

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    What do you guys take with you? Do you have a back up: camera, flash, mem card etcs? Do you take all the gear you own? Light stands? Assistant? Reflectors!!

    I know it depends on location and time of day, lets say a wedding that starts in the afternoon and progress on to night indoors/outdoors.


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  2. Jcolman

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    As a wedding shooter you always, ALWAYS carry backup gear. If your camera or flash goes down and you have no backup, you're in big trouble.

    I carry too much gear but I like to have choices. I've used every one of my lights, lenses, bodies and modifiers at some point.

    My normal carry is:

    3 bodies
    8 lenses
    3 studio lights
    2 580X's speedlights
    4 Sunpack 383's speedlights
    4 (soon to be 7) pocket wizards
    light stick
    4 light stands
    soft box and beauty dish
    2 umbrellas
    tripod
    various other modifiers, extension cords, lots and lots of CF cards, spare batteries, etc.
     
  3. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I take both cameras, all lenses, both flash, PWs, SU800, and a stand. Everything I have, I've bought to gear toward weddings. I'll get into other stuff later when I 'conquer' what I want to do with weddings. Which I'm no where near close to!!!

    If the person that shoots with me shoots Nikon, they can borrow any lens I'm not using at the moment.
     
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    2-3 bodies, sometimes a film body
    whatever lenses I own at the time, plus usually a rental to try new stuff out or for something that better suits the venue
    2-3 flashes
    the new ettl pocket wizards
    light stands
    diffusion panel
    reflector
    light modifiers
    lots of memory
    computer + firewire card reader

    assistant (wife) and or 2nd shooter
    preprinted business cards with couples picture/name with instructions/url to see photos
    extra set of clothes (I've given my own clothes up to a brother of the bride before :rofl: )

    a fix it bag
    pepto​
    shout wipes​
    advil/excedrin​
    nail file​
    mr clean magic eraser​
    tampons/feminine supplies​
    make up​
    moist towelettes​
    toothbrush​
    visine​
    etc
     
  5. Jcolman

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    Oh...don't forget water. I take three or four bottles with me as I tend to get thirsty.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I just get beer from the bar.
     
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    Personally I like to carry a hip flask, guzzle down a few shots, then hit up on the bridesmaids.














    Or sometimes the bride if she looks like she's having "buyers remorse".
     
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    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    You carry tampons? :hsugh:
     
  9. johan

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    2 bodies
    7 lenses
    4 sb800
    4 pw's
    various reflectors, umbrellas, snoots and flags
    3 stands
    40 GB
    su800
    flash bracket
     
  10. Tonster MBA

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    My impression was that the SU800 is just a substitution for the on camera flash the will trigger nikon flashes with its in fared system, am i mistaken? Why would you need it, if you already have PW's.

    Question: What is a good number of flash cards to have? say (4) 8gigs? or is better to have (8) 4gigs. A mixture? any input on that subject? Because unlike johan I can just carry around "40 GB" :mamoru:.

    Jcoleman: What is the purpose of this light stick you speak of (Stewie Griffins voice)
     
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    It holds two speedlights, both triggered by one PW. It's carried by my assistant or I can put it on a stand. It gives me more punch and faster recycle times when I'm in a situation where using studio lights is impractical. I can keep them bare light or fire them into an umbrella.


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    These were shot with the lightstick and umbrella set up

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    In this shot, my assistant was walking with the B&G on camera left.

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  12. Girth

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    Because the SU800 allows you to adjust your flash setting and output from your camera rather than having it at one setting and walking over to change it when you need to. Or, you could spend twice as much on the new PWs and get the same effect.
     
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    Well the wife carries the bag its in. You'd be suprisised how often shit like that gets overlooked
     
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    Sorry to sound like a noob here, but I don't understand the difference between the two different flashes. I mean I am guessing the 580x's have TTL and an LCD screen are more expensive and can be triggered with some infrared system and the Supacks are just flashes that have manual settings and are just suppose to be used as slaves? Do they produce less power? Am I missing something?

    But don't you have PW's? I guess I am just confused to why you have both? Do you ever use them at the same time or is it always one or the other.
    Is it easier to just pop the SU800 on and start shooting or something? Is it still line of sight sensitive?
     
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    I have both, but the su800 isn't always the most effective thing to use. If you have a big hall with taller ceilings, infared doesn't work as well as radio, and it sure as hell doesn't work as well outside. That's why I have both.
     
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    I use the 580's when I need ettl (mounted on the camera or attached with a cord and usually bounced) and the Sunpacks when I need off camera flash.
     
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    su800 is useful. Multi-light setups controlled at the camera means I dont have to walk back to each pw, or move from my shooting location. Usu doing macro indoors.

    PW for everything else.

    40GB, I use mostly 8gb cards, 1-16gb.
     
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    Overkill. Pepper spray alone is usually enough to keep the Uncle Bob's at bay.
     
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    2 bodies
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    three PWs
    4 flashes with stands, brollies etc
    4 x 4GB + 2 x 2GB cards
     

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