What’s in Your Bag – Paul Rogers
During his career, Paul has been at the forefront of many global news stories that have included conflicts, fashion, royalty, celebrities, as well as bearing witness to some of the UK’s most important daily news stories.
This experience has proved invaluable when it comes to Paul’s work as a wedding photojournalist. “As a photojournalist, documentary wedding photography is a natural fit for me. I want their wedding day documented in an accurate, beautiful and hassle-free way.”
Paul’s approach is ideal for brides and grooms that are looking to have their big day documented and not dictated too by their wedding photographer. Unfortunately, many photographers believe that they are more important than the subjects they are photographing, this is not the case with Paul. You can see in his work that his subjects are given the respect they deserve and his images are so much stronger for it!
Paul has two lots of equipment, his reduced set, which you can see below, and his full set.
2 x Canon 5D mk4
1 x Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS
1 x Canon 50mm f/1.2
1 X Canon 135mm f/2.0
1 x Fuji XT-1 with a Samyang 12mm MF lens
1 X Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney pouch and belt
2 X Spider Pro clips
Lexar 128GB Compact Flash Cards for RAW images
SanDisk 32GB SD Cards for JPEG backups
“Canon MK4’s are amazing in low light and with the prime lenses I nearly never need any lighting until the First Dance.” Paul uses the 35mm on one 5D mk4 and on the other uses either the 50mm or the 135mm.The Canons are on spider holsters with the attachments tied onto his Think Tank belt system. The Fuji XT-1 is always around his neck with the 12mm lens, which is only used for wide compositions.
“I’ve tried to get my gear as simple as possible – I tried an all Fuji mirrorless system, but the speed and low-light ability never matched the Canon’s. I prefer prime lenses, so that means I need at least 2 bodies, though I’ve been using the Fuji as a third camera for the last year or so, allowing for some wider complex compositions.”
“The rest of my kit is usually in the car, and I’ll often use some of it during the meal and first dance, especially the lighting.”
1 – Godox Triggers
2- LED light panel, useful for winter dusk church exits or very dark reception rooms
3 – Rogue flash bender grids – I never use the flash bare
4 – Flash clamps for when stands are inappropriate
5 – 4 Godox flash guns, 3 manual 1 automatic
6 – Pocket Wizards to setting a remote camera if needed
7 – Jobo mini tripod for a remote camera (usually the XT-1)
8 – Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney pouch with Spider Holster clips
9 – Canon 5D4 with 50mm f/1.2 lens
10 – Canon 5D4 with 35mm f/2.0 lens
11 – Fuji XT-1 with Samyang 12mm lens
12 – Fuji X100T
13 – Canon 70-200 f/4.0 IS
14 – Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens
15 – Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens
16 – Canon 135mm f/2.0 lens
17 – 3 x Yamaha C24 sound Recorder used for Photofilms
18 – 2 x Rode mic’s for use with the C24
“I don’t like to use additional light, but am comfortable if it’s needed. Twenty years working for newspapers means I’m used to lighting portrait sessions with a couple of speedlite’s. I’ll use two or three manual flashes to light a dark room during the speeches, and again I’d rather light a first dance and get amazing pictures than remain unobtrusive with no flash.”
“Sound recorders are used to gather audio to produce Photofilms where I produce a film with the still images and the best bits of the speeches. It’s a very powerful way to relive the wedding – voices and accents can really trigger emotional responses long after the wedding.”
You can find out more about Paul Rogers and his work by watching the video below. You can also visit his website at the following website.