World renowned photographer Gary Fong teaches you how to achieve more consistent flash exposures while shooting with Canon, Sony and Nikon brand cameras.
Photography Equipment Advice Blog
Renowned wedding photographer Gary Fong shot this video in London, England as a demo for the Society of Wedding and Portrait. Gary Fong, Inc.â€™s PowerSnoot is a chrome-plated, long snoot with a grid that allows you to create dramatic lighting effects using regular speedlight equipment. Watch how Gary utilizes his PowerSnoot on a Canon EOS 7D to achieve a sophisticated lighting effect for this bride. The results are jaw-dropping!
You don’t need an expensive DSLR to make beautiful images, but there are some basic considerations that entry level DSLRs do require.
By Gary Fong
Working as a professional wedding photographer for over 20 years kept me busy shooting over 1,000 weddings for many satisfied clients. It goes without saying that technological advancements in the industry saw me through a tremendous amount of equipment changes. To give you an idea, I began my career shooting with huge, bulky medium format cameras which lacked metering and called for manual focus and flash setting. Aperture and shutter speeds, for those that recall, were mere estimates set from memory of different lighting situations. Over time, my collection of various lenses and bodies grew so much that I needed an assistant to help me wheel around my gear. I simply could not work a wedding without multiple cameras (one for color and one for black-and-white). My kit also regularly included 8-10 lenses to ensure I had the right mix for fisheye, wide angle, telephoto, zoom and prime needs. On top of all of that, my lighting kit often included multiple units and a whole series of diffusion tools to match various situations…
Given the current state of technology, a case could be made that a photographer could exist today with only two lenses – a wide angle to moderate zoom, and a short tele to long tele zoom. That would be a mistake. For as good and flexible as today’s zoom lenses are, there are some compelling reasons to choose fixed focal length lenses on occasion. I’ll admit, 90 percent of the time I’ve got a zoom strapped onto my rig, but while researching and shooting the images for this story I once again found the joy in shooting with fixed focal length lenses, for the reasons stated below. Follow along with me to see why you should consider adding a couple of more lenses to your arsenal. For many of you, you already own them!