Lenses 101: An Intro for Novice Wedding Photographers

September 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

She bats her eyes and in a heartbeat her lips met his. Click.

One of the wonders of wedding photography is being able to capture decisive moments like this and produce them as these breathtaking still-shot memories guaranteed to put smiles on everyone’s faces as they reminisce that one special day.

Of course, wedding photography hasn’t been as it was back then. Now, it’s more detailed and sometimes story-like. It embraces the grandeur of Photography per se. Sheltering under one umbrella the skills and knowledge of different fields to make a unique combination as it also presently covers portraits, children, family, macro, architectural, fashion, product photography, and a bit of travel too.

To create such ideal shots, a wedding photographer should not stick with kit lenses alone. Various moments call for diverse equipment such as lenses to achieve a perfect shot.

For hobbyists to full-time wedding photographers, the following lenses can sure make a difference to your shots. And they’re definitely necessary to step-up your photography from the norm.

Prime Lens

To start off the list is the Prime Lens. This is a great tool for a photojournalistic take on the ceremony. Though it doesn’t have the ability to zoom, it serves a great purpose for quick candid shots. It also offers higher optical quality and performance. They’re easy to carry around are handy in low light due to their simplified optics rendering a bigger maximum aperture than any other zoom lens can provide.

Canon 24mm 1.4ii
Canon 24mm 1.4ii

A 24mm f/1.4 can deal with large groups while a 35mm since it is slightly narrow, it’s a treat for a storytelling approach, and a 50mm can deliver best for a narrower perspective.

Telephoto Lens

When photographers are kept at bay all the way to the back of the worship house, then this is a convenient lens to help you zoom in a great distance to take some shots. It also provides photographers control over blur and distance, shuns distracting backgrounds when in a cluttered environment.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

If you want to capture sweet candid moments while not intruding the space of the bride and groom, a 70mm-200mmworks best. Take photos of them whispering in each other’s ears, holding hands and giggling, to make their wedding album an amazing collection of love and happiness.

Fisheye Lens

Nikkon Fisheye
Nikkor Fisheye 10.5mm f2.8

Turn your creative shots up a notch with some Fisheye lens. The common type of Fisheye is typically used in weddings. A “big-picture” effect is rendered to your photos. So you can capture a wide area using this lens. It purposely highlights the fun in your most enjoyable moments and can perk up your portfolio as it gives a unique perspective and offers a generous attention to your subjects.

Macro Lens

Canon Macro Lens
Canon Macro Lens 100mm f2.8

This is an undisputed tool for close-ups and centering on details such the bouquet, rings, shoes, and everything needed for the couple’s preparation for the wedding ceremony. You can freely document the details with a professional looking macro lens. It will greatly magnify the object at a comfortable distance.

Portrait-Length Lens

Nikon 85MM
Nikon 85mm f1.8

Why not try a medium telephoto lens for a magnificent portrait shot of the bride’s radiance? Having this equipment in your set can make your photos stand out! Formal portraits of the happy couple will be even more fantastic with this lens on. It can manipulate shallow depth of field and selective focus. Think of an 85mm lens, with this you have the ability to minimize sidetracking backgrounds and just concentrate on the subject.


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