The Lensrentals Podcast Episode #3 – How to Shoot Your First Wedding
Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.
Discussion with Joey Miller on Photographing Your First Wedding:
In this episode of the Lensrentals.com Podcast, founder Roger Cicala sits down with Lensrentals.com Senior Lens Technician Joey Miller to talk about wedding photography and what you need to know to get started in the field. From what gear you should have, to the proper etiquette and dress code, Roger and Joey talk about all aspects of shooting your first wedding.
Joey Miller assisted at his first wedding in 2008. He’s been shooting weddings in the Memphis area ever since – both as an assistant to several high-end shooters in the area and as a primary shooter. He’s shot on pretty much everything in the Lensrentals inventory and even shot a couple of weddings on nothing but instant film.
Gear Mentioned in this Podcast:
- Canon 200mm f/2L, Nikon 200mm f/2, & Fuji 200mm f/2
- Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art
- Sigma 14mm f/ 1.8 Art
- Zeiss 15mm f/2.8
- Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM & Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art
Spotlight on Sam Leathers
Sam Leathers is a senior video technician at Lensrentals.com. Sam along with his team work together and make sure the orders placed have all the gear they need. Sam also works at a production company called Studio 143 in Memphis, TN, where he shoots music videos, documentary films, and other video productions. Sam really likes the versatility of the Shuttle Dolly and the Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate with add-on grips while shooting with a Panasonic Varicam.
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00:20 – Introductions to Joey Miller and Roger Cicala
00:45 – Roger and Joey discuss the options on how to get started in wedding photography
02:00 – What the requirements for a second shooter are at a wedding
03:00 – Joey and Roger discuss what gear is needed for a wedding photographer
05:00 – Joey discusses how he’s shot an entire wedding on a 50-year-old film camera
05:40 – Joey and Roger talk about the necessities of backups when shooting weddings
6:00 – The importance of scouting the location prior to the wedding ceremony, and understanding the rules of each location
8:05 – Roger and Joey talk about their absolute favorite lenses when shooting a wedding
9:15 – Joey talks about what lenses you shouldn’t use at a wedding
11:20 – Finding your uniqueness and using unconventional gear to stand out in the competitive market
13:40 – Finding a great lighting kit for weddings
22:45 – What additional things you should keep in your camera bag?
23:40 – Joey discusses wedding etiquette, and what you should wear when photographing a wedding
24:30 – Joey and Roger talk about the dreaded beach wedding, and how to protect your gear while on the beach
28:50 – Making sure you have your second shooter equipped with the needed gear, getting second angles
30:30 – Joey tells you a horror story as to why you should always back up your data immediately following the wedding
The Lensrentals Podcast is a production of Lensrentals, founded by Roger Cicala. Our production staff includes Drew Cicala, Ryan Hill, Sarah McAlexander, SJ Smith, Julian Harper, John Tucker, and Zach Sutton. Other contributors include Roger Cicala, Joey Miller, Ally Aycock Patterson, Joshua Richardson, and Philip Robertson.
Thanks to Jacques Granger for our theme song.
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