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***Henry Chen reveals every piece of wedding photography equipment that he keeps in his camera bags, why he has selected them and in what situations they are used.***
I often get asked what wedding photography equipment is in my camera bag, so in this video, I’m going to share just that! I’ll not only reveal what is inside my camera bags but also the brand of bags I use and why they’ve proved both reliable and practical over many years.
We’ll then get into the details of what’s inside, including my Canon 5D Mark III bodies that have survived hundreds of wedding and trips all over the world.
I’ll also reveal my go-to lenses, including the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens, as well as why they’re with me each and every wedding I shoot.
When it comes to lighting, we’ll chat about the situations in which I use my monopod with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and my Yuongnuo video light, then discuss all the accessories I keep in my camera bags.
From extra batteries to CF cards, snacks and a portable flash diffuser, I’ll share with you absolutely every piece of wedding photography equipment that I keep in my camera bags and provide links if you’d like to purchase your own.
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want to know exactly what's in my wedding day camera bag that's what this video is all about so let's get started hi there Henry of success in wedding photography here as always helping you get more leads and bookings and do wedding photography part or full-time one quick note before we dive right in if you like a list of all the gear I use including the accessories and bags check the information down below in the description or go to success in wedding photography com4 slash toolbox there you'll see links over to Amazon where you can purchase the gear they are affiliate links but at no additional cost to you and hey you'll be supporting my channel which I would greatly appreciate ok let's start with the two main bags that I use they're both think-tank one of which is the airport essentials backpack and hence we got some shoulder straps where you can wear this over your bag and the other one also think-tank is the urban disguise 70 messenger bag let me talk a little bit first about the backpack and why I prefer this over a roller case with the backpack I can have it over my shoulders and have my hands-free to hold the camera bodies to help hold the bride's dress or a bouquet basically it's easier for me to just be on the go I don't have to lug things up and down stairs if it gets caught over something if I'm over on concrete or rocky terrain with this I can just basically have all the gear I need on me and be going from one place to the next as far as the messenger bag actually this is what I bring with me throughout the wedding day from the getting ready to the ceremony to the reception and even portraits and I will put only the essential things I need in here a lot of times especially if I'm going to multiple locations I will leave the backpack in my car and take the messenger bag with me for example if I'm starting out at a hotel for the getting ready and then going to say the church follow by the venue I'm not gonna bring everything with me all the essential gear I need is on me and I bring the messenger bag to bring some of the accessories like a flash or to an additional lens a few other accessories in the messenger bag all right let's get to the really good stuff what about camera bodies not a surprise we watch any of my past equipment videos you know that I'm a big fan of the Canon line of equipment and I've been using the 5d Mark 3 ever since it came out in 2012 I have with me not one not two but three 5d Mark 3 camera bodies on me now I only use two of them at a given time so I have each of them with a lens over my shoulders and throughout the entire day I am shooting with two camera bodies at all time the third one here is more of a backup if heaven forbid something happens to one of the two I'm using I have a third one nearby and ready and I keep that third 5d Mark 3 body in the backpack moving along over two lenses there's really just three lenses that I use two of which I use for practically 95 to 98% of the wedding day and one of them you might have seen a recent video as well I use for a hundred percent of the day start off with the Canon 24 to 70 millimeter 2.8 l lens if you'd like to find out exactly how I can use this one lens to arguably take photos of the entire wedding day check out the video link right up here take you to where I share with you photos all taken from this one lens what can I say about this while keeping this video short is versatile from the 24 to the 70 millimeter ran so I can get wide-angle shots to somewhat telephoto 2.8 hey it's not the fastest lens it's not a pry but it's suitable allowing enough light to get in the other camera lens that I use basically the entire day is these 70 to 200 2.8 and I'll is lens if I say that correctly this very much complements the 24 to 70 because now I can go from the 70 all the way to the 200 so when it comes to ceremonies especially like at a church or any place where there might be some restrictions on where I can go reception from the dances to the toes and of course portraits of the couples this lens is absolutely incredible high-quality pictures are gorgeous and that an f-stop of 2.8 for the aperture along with the IaaS ability I can stop down my shutter speed if need be especially of course in low-light conditions but along with the 2470 this with the 70-200 basically allows me to cover everything on a wedding day I can't think of anything where I wish that I absolutely needed something that was wider than a 24 or even tighter than a 200 and the third lens that I use is the 100 millimeter macro lens is 2.8 L is as well and this not only serves as a great perfect lens for close-up shots macro ones of say the jewelry's like the Rings but also it could serve as a backup to the 70 to 200 if heaven forbid something were to happen to that super light the quality is incredible now do I absolutely need to have a macro lens on a wedding day probably not the only shot that I really need to get with this would be the Rings at least the way that I want to shoot them but even without this I'll be ok I still bring it with me especially because I want to get that gorgeous beautiful up-close ring shots and that's really it those are the three lens I use basically a hundred percent of the wedding day 24 70 the entire time on one of my two camera bodies and the other camera body I would have say 95% of the time the 70 to 200 and the other 5% of the time the 100 millimeter macro I love the 2470 so much I actually have a second one that serves as a backup in case something were to happen to my main one or if at times I would actually lend this to my second photographer as far as where these lenses go the to the 2470 the 7200 they go on my two 5d Mark 3 the 100 millimeter macro will either be in my messenger bag like during the getting ready for the ring shots and once I get back to my car or to the backpack I would just transfer it over there because basically the rest of the day I don't need to use this and my 2470 as well as the third 5d Mark 3 body they stay in the backpack the entire time okay let's move on from the camera bodies and lenses and let's talk about lighting I keep things super duper simple I don't have light stands I don't use reflectors or huge diffusers I don't have high power flashes or anything like that I just stick to the canon 600d XR t flashes i actually only have two in front of me here the third one is downstairs in my garage stuck to the monopod which I use for off-camera flash one cool accessories that I like with all my flashes is this belt clip basically it's like a cell phone clip it goes to my belt and the other end I can clip on the flash that's awesome because there's going to be parts a day when I don't need the flash therefore I can have it right next to me by my waist side but then all of a sudden if I'm in a low light condition if I'm indoors something of that nature I can quickly unclip it and put it on top of my camera body one other accessories that I have when it comes to lighting is the transmitter the ste 3 from Canon now I have 2 min I really haven't been using this too often lately what I would do to trigger the wireless flash is another one of the flashes so basically a 600 EXR t camera flash would trigger another one pretty much the entire day when I'm not using the flash they're going to be either in the messenger bag or the backpack but when I'm using it especially like during the reception they're just going to be by my side either both of those will be on the respective 5d Mark 3 camera bodies or if I don't need one I would just have them clipped to my sight serving as a backup all right let's finish up what's in my camera bag now with the accessories and they pretty much are batteries and tons of them either for the camera bodies or double-a batteries for the flashes here's a couple of the 5d mark 3 batteries I have probably ten of these I'll keep two of them fully charged of course in the messenger bag and the other six seven plus or so they go in the backpack the other kind of batteries are the double A's tons of these I lost track probably about 40 50 of them and I would have about 12 of them or three sets of four double A batteries fully charged once again in the side of my messenger bag and the rest goes into my backpacks a few other accessories I have here is a cable lock you just never know who might be looking at your gear and potentially steal it that has happened to me before and so I just bring this I'll lock up the messenger bag and/or the backpack to like a chair a table a pole especially if I'm not able to be nearby it if my second shooter assistant also can't be near it is it going to prevent theft probably not but just having a little bit extra security I think will be helpful so I highly recommend something like this you have at all times another accessories that I have here and this is more of a backup to my regular video light panel this is the Loom cube and it's quite powerful for this size it's also not the cheapest but when I don't have like my newer LED light panel here or the young newell video light panel then this actually does a decent job and the nice thing because it's so small i can fit it in my dress pants pocket or just have it in my messenger bag but honestly i really don't use this because I would have this video light or the larger one with me but hey never hurts to have a third backup and speaking of video lights as I mentioned the new word LED panel video lights only like 30 bucks and I have a bunch of these but in case my my young nor the larger video light panel the battery dies or I don't have it with me then at least I have this I keep this in my backpack but occasionally let's see if I'm going to a getting ready location I don't want to lug like the our video light panel then I just bring one of these I put it in my messenger bag and if need be it's always ready in case I need to use it ok the other accessory that's really important of course our memory cards and I use the excuse me for that CF cards some of us could be using SD cards but I'm still old-fashioned have these for probably what 10 years or so some of those are a little newer but 32 64 gigabytes I have what 10 in this one and probably another 10 or 12 in the other being that I do tend to shoot quite a bit at every wedding and at times I'll have back-to-back weddings I need all the memory cards I can get and I would have one of these on me at all times and the other I don't really need on the wedding day I'll just keep it in the backpack and I never format the cards until I fully have color correct to edit it the photos from that particular wedding were the course images on the card so it's good to have enough of these you might want to use say a 128 if you feel comfortable with that but for me the 64 32 gigabytes they do the trick couple more things I have here some snacks some granola bars some kind healthy grains nutrigrain bars and you never could have enough snacks I have a bunch of these that are put in the side of my messenger bag and then a few other in the backpack and maybe right before the ceremony starts or sometimes for the in a cocktail hour not knowing when I might get vendor meals or it might be hours later I would just eat one or two of those and hey it keeps me from starving a few more things of course you got to have your itinerary with you I've got copies actually for this upcoming wedding what's called my wedding day questionnaire cheat sheet as well as itinerary from the coordinator just any other thing that I would want physical copies of that would actually go the side of the messenger bag and that's hinds for the most important documents I'll actually fold them up and have them in my side pocket so it's with me at all times lastly here would be the laptop here and the memory card for it this is a really owned MacBook Air I think it's like the 11 inch model and a CF card reader this is what I give to my second shooter at the end of the evening for them to download their images and that way they don't have to worry about transferring them over through Dropbox or mailing me the cards it's all done by the end of the evening I'd have the laptop the memory card reader the side pockets of the backpack here there we go so one thing I like about this it does have some size zipper pockets where I can put snacks batteries and then in this zipper pocket that's where I would put the laptop and the reader and basically until the end of the night that's when my second shooter would take that download the images that they took but that's really it nothing more nothing less my goal as always to have versatility mobility while not sacrificing quality of images now could I be shooting what Prime's could I be having more lighting equipment and other things absolutely but hey why change why try to fix what's not broken right that's sort of my style of photography what I want to shoot I don't want to be lugging all my gear or fumbling for something looking for this and that I want to be able to be on the go on the move not miss a moment also be ready for the unexpected which means the gear that I do bring to a wedding and even the bags that I hold all this gear it needs to be mobile portable versatile being ready to go as soon as I need it and so I hope this was of help to you if you found this video helpful please give it a thumbs up or if you didn't give it a thumbs down if you have any questions comments leave it down below in the comment section speaking of which question of the day for this video what's in your camera bag and hey what's your favorite gear in your bag definitely let me know and a friendly reminder if you haven't already please subscribe to this channel where it's all things wedding photography to help you become a successful wedding photographer Henry here saying goodbye thank you for and watching I'll see you again very soon