Documentary Wedding Photography
UK Documentary Wedding Photographer John Francis
Fuji X Cameras
Since i moved to Fuji from Nikon at the end of 2014 I have to say I have few regrets. The only obvious downs I can see are missing the full frame bokeh effect, decreased dynamic range and slightly slower autofocus. The plus side is longer. Its made me rethink my style, consider what I'm doing more and where possible not to shoot wide open all the time. While I love a creamy bokeh, and fujinon lenses can deliver it in spades as a documentary photographer I sometimes like to seek more depth to the image if its relevant. However in dark environments I need to rely on big apertures. The weight of my kit has halved and Ive banked several thousand pounds after selling all my Nikon kit recently. Ive never enjoyed my photography more.
My new kit is 1/3 of the weight of my old kit. When you are shooting weddings for a full day that is important.
So my go to wedding kit is currently 2 x X-T1 bodies, X100T and a X-E2. My regular wedding kit is X-T1 with 16mm lens, X-T1 with 56mm lens and my X100T with its fixed 23mm lens. This gives me full frame equivalent of 24mm, 35mm and 85mm, which is what I use 95% of the time. I also have a Fuji 50mm and 10-24mm lenses. These give me full frame equivalents of 50mm and 15-36mm. I don't normally use these at weddings.
If the venue is particularly dark I may substitute the X100T for the X-E2 and the 35mm which will give me an extra stop of light.
I carry two Nissan I40 speedlights and use these manually when I have to. All this fits into a small bag. Ive been asked recently if I'm with the groom or brides family! This is perfect for me and never happened when I rolled up with two think tank cases and all my Nikon kit.
I don't use any zooms. Fuji cameras allow me to get shots that would not be possible with full frame gear, because I can get close and get the shot without people knowing. If you shoot documentary like me then thats perfect. If you are not a documentary photographer then I can still see the benefit of all those zooms and flashes.
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Im a professional Wedding photographer based in Lytham with professional studios in Wrea Green at Ribby Hall Village Lancashire. I also run regular photographic training courses.