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Steve Metoyer
Essential accessories for a wedding shooter?
on Sep 29, 2016 at 9:53:34 pm


Im newbie event shooter and was offered some work shooting weddings with a few buddies.

What are the essential accessories for shooting a wedding?

What are the Top 5 accessories in your kit? (outside of camera, lens, lights, mics & tripods)

Thanks for feedback.

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Jeremy Pollard
Re: Essential accessories for a wedding shooter?
on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:09:10 am

Assuming the camera(s), glass, lav mic, tripod, lighting, batteries, memory cards, extra memory cards and more batteries are already taken care of:

1. A giant pouch that I can clip to my belt. I use the case that came with my 70-200 lens. It carries a smaller lens, batteries, ND filters, lens caps, all my memory cards, and a spare shotgun mic.

2. The aforementioned ND filter (an absolute essential only if your camera doesn't have an ND filter built in).

3. Spare XLR cable and external recorder, like a Zoom H4N or H1. I had an XLR cable go bad in the middle of a wedding once and had to rely on the audio captured by a DSLR camera. Not. Good. Not having an extra cable and external recorder is a rookie mistake I will NEVER make again.

4. A slider. It's a pain in the neck to lug around and set up, but the little extra motion it adds to your shots really makes a difference.

5. Shoulder mount kit. During dances the tripod will severely limit the shots you can get, and any stabilization is better than going handheld. If you can afford a decent gimbal then go for it, but you can find a basic shoulder mount for $100.

Honorable mention: Gaffers tape. No videographer's kit is complete without a roll.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Essential accessories for a wedding shooter?
on Oct 7, 2016 at 6:38:12 pm

Monopods are great for wedding reception shots, where you have to move fast in and around people and obstacles, and grab a candid shot and go on to the next one. A Fig Rig or one of the active stabilizers derived from drone photography is also useful.

GoPros and their knock-offs are so ubiquitous now, you should have a number of them with custom mounts ready to deploy all over the venue in hidden spots for b-roll, cover, and cut-away shots.

Adjustable LED light panel for the cameras.

A Bounce card with silver on one side, black on the other.

Agree about tiny digital audio recorders. Essential, and not expensive.

Connect two mic clamps together; attaches your wireless stick mic to the same mic stand as the MC's.

Gaff tape and narrow carpet runners to cover cables with.

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