The Lenses I Use and How I Use Them

The right kind of lens makes all the difference. The quality of the lens and the way that you see the world through that lens can change an entire shoot. The struggle, however, can be knowing which lens is the right one for you. So today I am sharing the lenses in my camera bag and what I love about them. The goal of this post isn't to give you a shopping list. Instead, I want to give you information so that you can make the best decision for your business!

Lenses for Wedding Photographers - The Jordan Brittley Blog

 


 

50 mm 1.2

I use this lens to photograph the invitation suite, dress, bride getting ready, landscape, architecture, processional, family and wedding party portraits, grand exits, reception details, and part of the first dance. This lens is probably my most used lens because it can be used in so many different situations. It's great for low light because of the depth of field (f/1.2) and it focuses quickly.

This was the perfect first lens purchase as a wedding photographer. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great addition to their lens bag because it is so versatile!Lenses for Wedding Photographers - The Jordan Brittley Blog Bridal Portrait and Details photographed with the Canon 50mm 1.2Bridal Portrait and Details photographed with the Canon 50mm 1.2

 


85 mm 1.2

This is my favorite lens by far. If I have the opportunity to use this lens (read: not restricted by space) then I will use it every time! I use this lens for the bouquet, bride getting ready, architectural details, processional (if the aisle is long), reception details, first dance, and couple portraits. If I am shooting a digital detail shot, then this is probably the lens on my camera.

During a first look, this lens allows me to give my couples some space. In return, they relax with each other. Once they have spent some time together and are comfortable, I will move in and transition to couple photos.

If I am photographing families or seniors, this is the lens of choice.

Lenses for Wedding Photographers - The Jordan Brittley BlogPortrait photographed with the Canon 85mm 1.2Bridal and Reception Details photographed with the Canon 85mm 1.2

 


100 mm macro 2.8

I use this lens to photograph the rings, earrings, and other small details. Isaac uses this lens during the ceremony and couple portraits and loves it. It's a great lens and it allows you to photograph small details very close (because it's a macro lens)!

Lenses for Wedding Photographers - The Jordan Brittley BlogBridal Details photographed with the Canon 100mm 2.8Bridal Details photographed with the Canon 100mm 2.8

 


70-200 2.8

I only ever use this lens during the ceremony. If I could get rid of it just so we didn't have the extra weight in our camera bag, I would. It's not that it's not a great lens, but I just prefer lighter lenses with smaller apertures!

I need this lens to give my clients the best, so it stays in my bag. Isaac uses it for couple photos and would be pretty sad to see it go!

Lenses for Wedding Photographers - The Jordan Brittley BlogCouple portrait photographed with the Canon 70-200 mm 2.8Couple photographed with the Canon 70-200 mm 2.8

 


 

With equipment purchases, you want to remember to make adjustments to your insurance (as needed). I also suggest renting a lens before you buy it. Doing these things will save your business lots of time and money and ensure you're investing in the areas that are right for your business!

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