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Inside My Digital camera Bag | Moritz Schmittat


My title is Moritz Schmittat. I’m a marriage photographer and videographer based mostly in Guildford, UK. I’ve been capturing weddings since 2010 and like so many wedding ceremony photographers, my first wedding ceremony was for a superb good friend.

My Cameras

I used to be capturing on a Canon till late 2017 after I determined to commerce every little thing for Sony. First, I had the Sony A9 and the Sony A7r3 with a bag filled with lenses. Whereas the Sony A9 was an unimaginable digicam on the time, the actual enjoyable began a number of years later with the discharge of the Sony A7S3, a game-changer in videography!

I’m one of many few photographers who shoot pictures and videography concurrently that’s on my own. I used two digicam our bodies for a 12 months, the Sony A7S3 for video (4k, 10bit, 422, 50fps, full-frame) and the Sony A9 for photographs.

I solely used the Sony A7R3 for group pictures and portraits as a result of I really like the upper decision.

Nowadays I primarily shoot every little thing with only one digicam, the Sony Alpha 1. What a beast of a digicam! It’s all of my earlier cameras mixed into one physique, each by way of video (4k, 10bit, 422, 50fps, full-frame), portraiture necessities (50mp) and ultra-fast focusing for all documentary pictures protection (20frames/sec).

I nonetheless have the Sony A7S3 in my bag for backup, however I don’t have a tendency to make use of it at weddings anymore.

Taking pictures Photograph and Video

Taking pictures each pictures and videography on the identical time entails a bit extra gear than simply the Sony A1. Whereas I continuously change between pictures and videography for many of the day, there are a number of moments after I want each concurrently, akin to the primary kiss or the confetti throw.

Throughout these moments, I shoot pictures with the Sony A1, and for videography, I take advantage of a DJI Osmo Pocket, which sits on prime of my nonetheless digicam. This little digicam is incredible because it’s secure with a built-in gimbal, persistently targeted, and has 4k 50fps.

The colors are nice too, and with a little bit of grading the footage doesn’t look a lot totally different from what the full-frame physique produces, particularly if it’s only some seconds of footage right here and there.

Multicam Video

As well as, I’m utilizing three Sony RX0mk2’s in the course of the ceremony and the speeches. These cameras are so unbelievably small that I hold them on microphone stands (no tripods required). They’re fast to arrange and may just about stand wherever with out being in the way in which. With USB battery packs, these cameras can run for an entire day. I solely use 128GB playing cards in them so they’re full in just below three hours.

Audio Recording

For audio recording, I’m utilizing two units of Rode Wi-fi Go2 microphones so 4 in complete, which report internally. They’re additionally linked to a Zoom F8 Subject recorder for backup, monitoring, and a clear DJ feed the place potential.

I’ve hooked up one of many Wi-fi Go2 mic/transmitters to a really high-end Sennheiser 416 microphone through an exterior 48V phantom energy field. Not all celebrants are okay with carrying certainly one of my microphones, particularly throughout COVID, however the Sennheiser 416 picks up every little thing so clearly, even from a metre away.

Lenses

I’ve loads of lenses in my bag however solely use one for about eighty per cent of the day, the Sony 35mm f/1.8. This lens is small and lightweight, producing sharp high quality photos. I’ve the crop mode of the A1 programmed to a button on the physique, which turns this lens into one thing like a 50mm. The Sony A1 helps out with the additional megapixels.

I take advantage of the Sony 90mm macro lens for ring pictures within the morning. I both sew the photographs collectively for ultra-wide venue pictures or I take advantage of the Sony 12-24mm G (not the GM) lens. I’m not a giant fan of too broad a perspective because it someway makes me really feel seasick.

I’ll typically use the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 though it’s fairly heavy or the attractive Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM in church buildings. I even have the Sony 70-200mm GM lens which is so huge and heavy that it tends to attract an excessive amount of consideration.

After church, I generally change to the Sony 24-70 f/2.8 GM (the primary launch, not the mk2) lens. This lens is great for storytelling once you don’t want that excessive shallow DOP.

Relying on the placement, I’d even get the Sony 135mm f/1.4 GM out of the bag for portraits. This lens is huge, heavy, not versatile, however merely gorgeous! Its bokeh is like butter, particularly broad open.

Flashes

I’d do one or two hair spray impact pictures within the morning with flash, however I strive to not depend on utilizing any flashes for the remainder of the day except it’s darkish. I’ve two Godox AD200, which I take advantage of on the dancefloor, typically on reverse sides or at 100 and twenty-degree angles. I take advantage of MagMod merchandise to manage the width of the beams and normally add a 1/4 CTO gel. I management these lights with the Godox XPro Controller.

I’ve a bunch of outdated Godox 685 flashes with MagMod rings, which I take advantage of for nighttime impact pictures. I just like the totally different color gels from MagMod, particularly once you backlight the couple.

Luggage

I don’t use any straps as I solely shoot with one digicam at a time. I’ve a Suppose Tank Retrospective shoulder bag the place I hold one or two additional lenses and the backup physique, the A7S3. I hold all different lenses in a Suppose Tank Airport bag.

Relying on the state of affairs I normally depart it with the DJ, lodge reception or disguise it someplace on a desk. If it doesn’t really feel protected it stays within the boot of my automobile.

Tripods

I don’t have a tendency to make use of any tripods. My three little Sony RX0mk2’s sit on commonplace microphone stands. All of them match into an on a regular basis tripod bag, which suggests I can arrange my multicamera system in just some minutes.

Software program

Once I shoot photographs and movies concurrently, I produce loads of knowledge. I take advantage of two 512GB playing cards within the A1 because the 256GB simply wasn’t sufficient. I completely save to each playing cards. On common, I shoot about 300-400GB of uncooked and h265 4k video recordsdata. The RX0mk2 every have 128GB playing cards in them, which I by no means fairly fill. There’s additionally a little bit of audio recording from no matter I shot on the Osmo Pocket.

That can make a median wedding ceremony being 500-800GB of information. I normally begin backing up in the course of the break and at house, every little thing will get copied onto three conventional 5TB USB drives. It’s not the quickest however it’s low cost and protected!

For picture modifying, I take advantage of Adobe Lightroom and generally Adobe Photoshop. I edit my movies in Adobe Premiere after which utilise RedGiant PluralEyes 4 to puzzle all of the snippets collectively.

Closing Ideas

I’m properly conscious that I’m utilizing loads of gear, most likely much more than I ought to. I see all this gear as an enabler because it permits me to shoot pictures and multicam videography concurrently This tremendously will increase my market worth and revenue margins.

It may be fairly worrying at instances, and I need to admit that I’m typically very exhausted after a marriage.
When you have any questions, please be at liberty to get in contact.

www.schmittat.uk | @ms_wedding_photography



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