Capturing the Essence of Weddings with Essential Photography Gear

Wedding photography is a high-commitment profession. After all, you’re capturing memorable photographs of what’s considered to be a couple’s most important moment. The last thing you want to do is mess that up by using the wrong equipment!

Here are a few items that you need for wedding photography:

Lighting Heads

Irrespective of your venue and shooting hours, you’re going to need lighting equipment to click the perfect pictures. For outdoor wedding coverage and shoots, this is even more critical. In this case, using studio flashes or speedlights is recommended so that you don’t get any unwanted shadows in your shots.

If you’re going to be taking pictures of the guests and décor throughout the venue for the majority of the event, we suggest you opt for flash lighting. The PIXAPRO CITI300 PRO Portable Compact 300Ws Battery Powered Flash is a great option for this. The monolight strobe is portable, lightweight, and comes with a rechargeable lithium battery. The adjustable bicolour modelling chip enables photographers to set the colour temperature as required to capture stunning images. Moreover, this light strobe has a super quick recycling time (between 0.01 - 1.5 seconds). This means that you’re less likely to miss out on any key moments during the wedding coverage and can capture memorable moments from the event.

The PIXAPRO GIO1 (Godox V1) Speedlite is yet another great option. It’s compact, portable, and TTL compatible, which makes it a popular flash lighting device. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives the lighting head a total of 480 powered shots per charge. There’s also little slowdown because of the long-lasting battery life and the short recycling time that makes shooting on location easier.

For more staged photographs, continuous lighting is the way to go. This will help you create the lighting setup that you need in advance and click pictures accordingly. For instance, if you’re doing a pre-wedding shoot or have a designated area set up as a photo booth, continuous LED lighting can help you get the shots you need.

We recommend PIXAPRO COB60D Dual-Power Daylight-Balanced LED Light for this. The lighting head serves as a constant light source and is perfect for capturing wedding portraits. This studio light uses the latest COB LED technology and has the ideal CRI to reproduce colours accurately. It’s also flicker-free, which means that you can get cleaner images from your wedding photography. The lighting head may be powered by a power outlet or via a battery at your convenience.

Lighting Kits

When you’re doing a wedding photoshoot or event coverage, it’s easier to travel with a lighting kit instead of individual components. The PIXAPRO CITI600 On-The-Go Portable Wedding Twin Kit is the perfect lighting kit comprising all the basic lighting components you’ll need when you’re shooting at a wedding venue. It includes 2 CITI600 PRO flash heads, 2 umbrellas, 2 light stands, a roller bag, and a stand bag. You can carry your equipment with you to and from the shoot easily without having to worry about improper handling. 

The CITI600 PRO lighting heads provide powerful lighting and an impressive recycling time. You can capture 370 full-powered shots per charge with these strobe lights and use the multi-flash mode as and when needed. The 40” Translucent Studio Umbrellas included in the kit are extremely lightweight. They’re made of nylon and have a metal frame which makes it easier for you to mount them on the lighting heads. As for the lighting stands, these are collapsible and have three-tier extensions to allow for easy adjustment.

The PIXAPRO CITI300 PRO Wedding Kit with a Stand and Softbox is another good option. This kit comes with a compact CITI300 PRO studio flash head that’s ideal for outdoor shoots. The HSS and TTL features allow you to make the most of your lighting setup and adjust the settings as necessary.

The kit also contains a 65cm softbox to soften the lighting. This can be adjusted on the portable and adjustable stand included in the kit to capture the desired effect. The CITI300 PRO kit works well for both indoor and outdoor wedding setups and is suitable for smaller weddings.

Wedding Starter Kit

To get dramatic and cinematic shots of the wedding festivities, you’re going to need more than just the right lighting tools. You’ll also need modifiers to create the visual effects you desire.

MAGMOD Kits are the perfect item for this. Designed to be used alongside speedlights, the equipment ranges from the MagGrip, MagSphere, MagBounce, MagGel Wallet, and MagGrid accessories, as well as gel sets. These tools give photographers maximum control over their lighting adjustments and allow for flexibility.

Wedding Backgrounds

Don’t forget about backdrops! These can be used for pre- and post-wedding shoots. You can also use them during the photoshoot if you have a wedding theme in mind.

The PIXAPRO 3x4m Crease-Resistant Polyester Printed Background comes with a wrinkle-resistant, easily washable, and dryer-friendly micro-fibre polyester fabric. This particular design features a classic indoor venue with glass windows that are covered with white flowers. The backdrop is perfect for capturing portraits of the bride and groom as well as the key members of the wedding party.

If you want to emulate the vibe of a destination wedding in your photoshoot, the PIXAPRO Wedding Design 2 can help you achieve that look. The design features a vivid blue sky, a sandy beach, and a floral wedding arch. It’s also perfect for using at a photo booth at the actual venue for guests.

All set to purchase your photography tools for the upcoming wedding season? EssentialPhoto is your go-to lighting equipment and photography gear store for wedding photography and event coverage. Call our team at 0121 552 3113 or reach out via email to get in touch!