Wedding Photography Equipment

Anderson’s Wedding Photography Equipment

Since the day we first opened our photography studio in 1986, Joannie and I have always believed that as professional wedding & portrait photographers we should employ the best wedding photography equipment possible to handle just about any situation that comes up for our clients.

Our first film cameras and lenses were made by Hasselblad and our first professional lighting equipment for wedding formals and also our studio portraits was Speedotron Brownline and they both were amazing! We actually still use the Speedotron system at times in our studio and on location when we need tons of additional lighting power. This was the core of our wedding photography equipment that we started our studio with. We definitely started out on the right foot!

Joannie & I also believe that it is extremely important, especially as wedding photographers, to have an extensive array of backup equipment to protect our clients should the unthinkable happen.

A professional photographer should also have the knowledge and training to take full advantage of that equipment to create great photographs. What good is any piece of equipment if you can’t use it properly? We’ve invested literally thousands of hours of training & experience over the past 31 years learning how to properly and creatively pose, light, retouch and enhance your photographs.

Lighting is by far the most difficult thing to learn about photography, which is why you see so few photographers using external lights. It’s critical to the success of any photograph; probably more important than element other than the subject itself.

The word “photography” comes from the Greek φώς (phos) “light” + γραφίς (graphis) “stylus”, “paintbrush” or γραφή (graphê) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light.” Photographic lighting takes years to learn to do well, and there are literally hundreds of books written on the subject.

As photographers, film or digital, we are really “painting with light.” Quite often that means that we’ll have to add or subtract light to enhance your wedding photographs and make them look their best. Sometimes it’s simply adding a reflector or two to add or subtract light and other times we might employ one or more strobe units.

Many times, we’ll take your wedding images from great to awesome in post production using my extensive Photoshop skills and training. I’ll do whatever it takes to make them look amazing.

Sara & Jacob's incredible Withrow Ballroom wedding sunset! Four separate flash units from Anderson's wedding photography equipment were used to supplement the stunning post-storm sunset!

Sara & Jacob’s awesome Withrow Ballroom wedding sunset! Four separate flash units were used to supplement the stunning post-storm sunset!

Pretty much every wedding has a challenge or two lighting wise. Most common are dark churches and even darker reception locations, as most wedding receptions occur at night. But let’s not forget the great outdoors and the weather that comes with it! Lots of brides & grooms like to get married or have some of their photographs taken outside or both!

Outdoor wedding locations do not mean “easy” wedding photography. Believe it or not, sunny days are the worst and one of the most challenging lighting situations of all!

Bride & groom kissing in a Cadillac convertible in the beautiful Fall colors! Wedding photograph taken with a Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens and four Canon 550EX Speedlites from Anderson's wedding photography equipment.

Beautiful wedding photograph of Jay & Mari taken in the full sun with a Canon 5D camera, a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens and four Canon 550EX Speedlites.

In Minnesota (and every other state that we’ve photographed in) we’ve experienced everything from full sun, to partly cloudy, to heavily overcast skies, hot and humid to subzero temperatures, light rain to a monsoon; wind, tornados, lightning, and anything from flurries to a blizzard!

For the record, we don’t do any photography outdoors when the threat of lightning exists as it’s not a very safe or smart idea.

Yes, we have photographed at weddings (twice that we know of) under tornado warnings and once during “the blizzard” on December 11, 2010 that caused the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to collapse!

We obviously did not photograph outside during the tornado warnings (it was absolutely pouring rain). We continued to work safely inside both churches during the severe storms, with someone closely monitoring the weather situation in case we all had to take cover.

We did however take wedding photographs outside in that blizzard (our bride and groom actually wanted too)! Yep, we’re crazy.

So far, the only state that we’ve photographed a wedding in without the possibility of snow was at Willie & Brittany’s Hawaii destination wedding. But we did have most of the day with full sun, then some overcast, moonlight, a little light rain, and a fairly strong breeze off the Pacific Ocean! All in just two days of shooting (I know, it sounds real tough to take).

Bride, groom and their guests having fun “on the dance floor” under a Hawaiian full moon. Wedding photography equipment used to create this wedding photograph was a Canon 5D camera, a Canon 15mm fisheye lens & four Canon 550EX Speedlites from Anderson's wedding photography equipment.

Willie, Brittany and all of their guests “on the dance floor” under a full moon by the Pacific Ocean. Wedding photography equipment used to create this fun wedding image was a Canon 5D camera, a Canon 15mm fisheye lens & four Canon 550EX Speedlites from Anderson’s wedding photography equipment.

Joannie and I do our best to come totally prepared to make your wedding photographs great under any lighting and weather conditions. Please feel free to skip the tornados and lightning on your wedding day!

So that’s why we’ve come up with this page about Anderson’s Wedding Photography Equipment List. We wanted to show you just how seriously we take our craft. We don’t just show up at your wedding with a camera, a flash and a lens. Plus I was really curious about just what exactly we are carrying around with us (also a good idea to make such a list, insurance wise).

Did we get all of this wedding photography equipment all at once? No, of course not! We’ve accumulated it over many years by researching and slowly adding new gear, maintaining older items and by upgrading to newer technologies.

Because we almost always have to take most of our equipment on the road with us, we always try to buy high quality equipment that’s built to last. For example, our two Lumedyne battery powered studio lights we had been using for over 27 years at weddings. We also used it very often on location, such as in our very own Portrait Park to the North Shore of Lake Superior! It’s a portable, yet powerful flash system, that gave us very consistent color reproduction and is both incredibly durable and dependable. We retired that Lumedyne lighting system in 2016.

That’s another huge benefit of hiring us as your wedding photographers. Not only do Joannie and I each have more than 30 years of knowledge & experience in the wedding industry, we have access to all of this wedding photography equipment that we can use at your wedding! It’s a packaged deal!

Joannie and I try to use the right tools that the situation calls for, many times adding light to supplement a naturally lighted scene. We definately are not just “natural light photographers.” Under the right lighting situations we certainly are and we do make a point of seeking those types of locations on your wedding day for you, because they do make for nice wedding photographs. But those “picture perfect” days are rarely present for a wedding.

Please think twice before you hire a “natural light photographer” as your wedding photographer because most indoor locations and Mother Nature often times need a little help.

This is the wedding photography equipment that we can take to each and every wedding we photograph. At most weddings we tote along almost everything you see listed! Surprisingly, we employ nearly every item at many of the weddings we photograph too! No, we don’t travel very light, but we’re definitely not unprepared either.

Here’s the list:

Anderson’s Wedding Photography Equipment

Camera Bodies

Canon 5D Mark III (3)

Canon 5D (Converted for Super Color Infrared Photography)

DXO One

GoPro HERO3 Black

Lenses

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM (used specifically for infrared wedding photography)

Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 MACRO VC (Model F017)

Canon EF 17-35mm f2.8L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm  f2.8L USM

Canon EF 24-104mm f4.0L IS USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM

CANON EF 70 200mm F2.8 IS II USM

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Light Meters

Minolta Flash Meter IV (2)

Memory Cards

SanDisk 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme Pro 1067x UDMA 7 (2)

SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)

SanDisk 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme Pro 600x UDMA 6 (4)

SanDisk 8GB Ultra II CompactFlash Memory Card (2)

SanDisk 8GB Extreme IV CompactFlash Memory Card (2)

Flash Units

WITSTRO MoLight AD360II-C (2)

MoLight V860II-Canon Speedlight (4)

AD360 Replacement Bulb

WITSTRO MoLight AD360II Gel and Grid Kit

 

 

Tripods, Light Stands, Light Modifiers & Reflectors

Bogan 3236 Tripod

Bogan 3047 3-Way Pan/Tilt Tripod Head

Manfrotto 628B Monopod

Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod

Vanguard SBH-250 Tripod Ball Head

Vanguard QS-39 Quick Release Plate (3)

MeFOTO SideKick360 Plus

GoMo 36″ Octa Softbox with grid

GoMo 48″ Octa Softbox with grid

Westcott EPS 45” Halo Parabolic Light Box (2)

Calumet 004BAC 15’ Air Cushioned Light Stand (3)

13’ Impact Air-Cushioned Heavy-Duty Light Stand

Impact Caster Set for Light Stands with 25mm Tubular Leg Ends

80″ Westcott White Translucent Umbrella (80 inches! It’s the largest “golf” umbrella you’ve ever seen!)

48” Westcott Gold/White “Monte” Illuminator

48” Westcott Silver/White Illuminator & Digital Target Calibrator

8” Digital Target Calibrator

Denny EZ-2 Light Stand

Cheetah Stand C8

MagMod Light Modifiers (2)

Misc Canon Speedlite Modifiers (6)

Lightware C6150 Stand Sack

Battery Power

 

FP Flashpoint Blast Pack BR-960 Lithium Battery (4)

Sony Eneloop AAA 750mAh Batteries HR-4UTGA 1.2V (24)

Sony Eneloop AA 1900mAh Batteries HR-3UTGA 1.2V (40)

Sony Eneloop AA 2400mAh Batteries HR-3UWXA 1.2V (64)

La Crosse Technology BC-700 AA/AAA NiCd/NiMH Battery Charger (7)

Wireless Flash Tigger System

X1-C transmitter (3)

Phottix Strato II Multi Receiver (2)

Phottix Strato II Trigger

X1R-C Receiver – Canon

Pluto Trigger and iPhone App

 

Flash Brackets

ProMediaGear Boomerang (2)

Lastolite TriFlash Bracket by Joe McNally (2)

Bogan Super Clamp (3)

Miscellaneous Photography Equipment

 

Manfrotto 386B Nano Clamp (2)

Bolt PP-MC Mounting Clamp (2)

SpyderPro Single Camera Holster System

SpyderPro Dual Camera Holster System

77mm Expo Disc

Bowens S Adapter (3)

Q Clip Clamp (3)

Aluminum Bulb Protectors (2)

Power Cords (4)

Y Power Adapter (2)

Manfrotto 133B Joining Arm for Super Clamps, Black – 6.5″

Impact 5/8″ Snap-in Pin for Super Clamps

Tiffen Belt Filter Pouch – Large

Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter

B+W 82mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter

Hellopan 77-82mm Step-Up Ring

Sensel Filter Wrench 62 to 77mm (2)

B+W 95mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter (3)

B+W 58mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter (2)

B+W 55mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

Hoya 77mm UV Filter

48” Calumet Light Stand Bag

Tamrac Rolling Bag (2)

Tamrac 614 Camera Bag

Lowepro Pro Camera Bag

Telesteps 10ES – 10′ Climbing Height Combination Ladder

We’ve also got our very own custom golf cart photo light stand that I built from scratch. We call it “Lightning McQueen”!

Lightning McQueen’s parts list (not including the strobe unit & softbox) are as follows:

TourTrek One Click 360 Golf Cart

Calumet 004BAC 15’ Air Cushioned Light Stand (with legs cut off)

Impact Titling Boom Pivot Clamp (2)

Impact Super Clamp with Ratchet Handle (2)

24” Heavy Duty Bungee Cord (2)

36” Aluminum Rod cut into 2 pieces with special holding groves cut in each

Bolt PP-MC Mounting Clamp

Bowens S Adapter

 

“Anderson’s Wedding Photography Equipment List” – ©2017 Michael Anderson Photography.