Ensure that your DIY wedding photos capture the best angle by using the ideal lens for each shot.
A DIY wedding allows you to have much more control over the events, components and flow of the day. It is also a way to save a substantial amount of money. Wedding photography can cost many thousands of dollars, and DIY wedding pictures are much more economical yet personal. Enlisting the help of a friend or relative with interest and experience in photography to be your wedding photographer is the first step.
Next, it’s important for the bride, groom and photographer to educate themselves about the elements of great wedding photography. An awareness of the best camera lenses for different types of wedding pictures can help to ensure a successful result. So here’s a primer on which are the best lenses to use for taking wedding photos in a variety of conditions:
Avoiding Blurry Images with an f/2.8 Maximum Aperture Lens
This is, of course, a primary objective in wedding photography. Some photographers prefer simplicity to help the day flow as smoothly and effortlessly as possible; if this describes your photographer, then they should focus on having a maximum aperture lens of f/2.8 the entire day.
Relying on this lens can help with avoiding blurry shots that ends up getting deleted. Lenses in the f/4.0 range just won’t be fast enough in most indoor venues like the dimly lit chapel or cocktail reception. An f/2.8 lens can help to ensure more successful shots even in low light conditions. A camera that includes Optical Image Stabilization technology (OIS) can also assist in minimizing blur when using slow shutter speeds in low light or when Joe the shooter has too much to drink. Remember to turn off OIS when using a tripod.
Standard Prime and Wide-Angle Lenses
These lenses are ideal for candid shots throughout the event. They have a dedicated focal length that offers higher quality results and performance than a zoom lens. The trade-off is that they only perform well within a certain distance from the subject matter. These lenses are lightweight and among the least complicated. Their large maximum aperture enables them to perform very well in low light as well. A 35mm lens is ideal for a storytelling approach, a 50mm is perfect for more intimate shots, and a 24mm f/1.4 wide angle lens is best for larger groups as they capture a wider swathe.
Portraits of the Bride, Groom and Bridal Party
Use portrait-length prime lenses for your portrait work. A medium telephoto prime lens or 85mm focal length lens is narrower than normal perspective and can ideally frame subjects while minimizing background distractions. Wider apertures allow you to use selective focus and manipulate shallow depth of field for beautiful portraits. These are the ones that can help you blur out the background whilst keeping the subject sharp and “popping” out of the photo.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses
This lens is ideal for those comprehensive shots from the back of the church or the reception hall. They also allow you to zoom in if you can’t get close to the scene or subject you wish to capture. A 70mm to 200mm f/2.8 is ideal for these purposes. The telephoto zoom lens provides a compelling combination of features, as it can be used for portraits at shorter lengths and also effectively capture details when zoomed out to longer lengths. Bear in mind that longer focal lengths will create a narrower field of view and a more shallow depth of field. However, this can allow you to control blur and eliminate distracting background elements.
Macro Lenses for Those Essential Details
For those fun shots of the couples’ rings, the bouquet, details on the cake and other closeups, use macro lens. The magnification level should be 1:1, or “life size”. Focal lengths can vary in macro lenses, but something in the 90 to 105mm range can be an ideal selection to cover all the extremely tight shots of a beautiful wedding.
The Fisheye Lens
This lens should be used sparingly, but it can provide some very compelling and artistic wedding photo opportunities. The fisheye lens can capture up to 180 degrees of view and is ideal for use in moments like the bouquet toss, on the dance floor, or when the groomsmen are horsing around. Remember that this lens is likely to create “novelty” shots and is not ideal for use in your more traditional and formal poses. A circular fisheye is best for closer detail shots, while a diagonal (or full frame) fisheye lens within the 10 to 17mm range is ideal for larger frames.
You can save a lot of money by planning a DIY wedding and having a friend be your wedding photographer, but take extra care that you don’t sacrifice the quality of your wedding pictures. Do your homework and research all the top essential shots of a wedding and even where to take those amazing wedding shots in a magical location and setting to ensure you capture one of life’s most significant and memorable event. You can also use wedding studio editing software to refine the raw images into photos that fit your artistic vision. Use this guide to ensure your wedding photographer uses the ideal camera lenses throughout the day to capture the very best wedding photo results possible.