Let’s talk equipment.

Mary Dougherty

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Canon. That’s my starting point and probably the answer to your first question. I actually shot with a Nikon film camera in college but switched to Canon when I went digital and have stuck with it since. I’ve had my ups and downs with them, but overall I’m really happy sticking with them. If this is your first time to my blog and you’re wondering why I’m talking about equipment, I just like to give people a little inside info and feel free to skip past this and read about Christy + Phil’s engagement :)

I shoot most everything with a 5D. It’s been a great camera and like everyone says the full frame sensor is key. I currently have a 50D as a backup but I barely touch it, not that it’s a bad camera. My go to lenses are the 28-70mm 2.8, 50mm 1.2, and the 135mm 2.0. I use each of them in different situations and obviously they all have their strengths. As I’ve upgraded and added on equipment I’ve found that investing in lenses is absolutely worth it. The image clarity and color is so much better and my two primes (fixed length id non zoom) I’ve found to be super sharp – of course those wide apertures can be tricky.

As far as lighting goes, I have several canon flashes that I use on and off camera, or a combination thereof, which has transformed how I photograph during receptions. Since photography is really about light it’s so much better to control where it is off camera and use it to my advantage.

While most people think it’s the equipment that you have, I think it has even more to do with how you use it… well it’s definitely a balance between the two. So, to keep this short and sweet since I’m getting ready to head out on a big trip to Michigan via New York I’m going to end the post now but open it up to questions. Flood my email or comment box – ask me anything or let me know what your fav equipment is.

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