How to Select a Camera for Digital Wedding Photography

Wedding photography can be extremely profitable, but it requires a high degree of professionalism and skill as well as the right equipment. One of the biggest equipment investments you will make is your digital camera body (DSLR).

Mega pixels often take center stage in purchase decisions, and while size is important, most mid-range and professional bodies will produce images large enough to create excellent prints up to 13" x 19". However, when selecting a camera, there are several other features that will have a greater impact on your work and, ultimately, your business. These factors include system flexibility, ruggedness, and features.

System Flexibility

The number of available lenses in varying functions, focal lengths, and price ranges is extremely important when deciding on a system.

If you are just starting out, you may not be able to afford prime lenses, but you will eventually want to upgrade. You can (and should) rent the best lenses for paid events while you are still saving up for that $2000 lens. If renting lenses will be a part of your routine, consider the fact that you are more likely to find rentals with a bigger brand name. 

The availability of accessories is equally important. Your lighting and modifiers will evolve, and, although, every manufacturer offers flashes for their bodies, the availability of third party accessories is limited with smaller brand names.


Wedding photography is a sport. You will shoot in every type of environment and weather, and there are no rain dates for weddings. You will also be moving fast and getting sweat on your camera. You will be changing lenses and accessories, and your camera body needs to be up to the abuse. 

A dust reduction system is imperative if you want to avoid unnecessary additional time in post-production removing visible dust. A weather -sealed, metal body will also extend the life of your camera. However, there are many excellent mid-range DSLRs without sealing or metal bodies, and the jump to a professional professional price-tag that coincides with a professional price-tag may make the mid-range camera a better choice for you in the beginning. The savings will let you put more money toward your lens fund.


Weddings occur in every lighting environment and often in more than one. The ability to produce excellent images at high ISOs is crucial in venues where flash is prohibited. In addition, your DSLR should be able to accommodate a hot-shoe flash not just on-camera, but on a bracket or stand. This means your DSLR will need a pc-sync port or the ability to communicate wirelessly with the flash.

To capture movement, you will need to use a faster shutter speed. The camera 's flash sync-speed will tell you the highest shutter speed you can achieve with flash, and the varying limitations of different brands may affect which system you choose. Also note how many images per second your camera can capture. Weddings are collections of moments, and sometimes you need the ability to capture a lot of shots quickly to get the best part of a specific moment.

Finally, while camera choice is extremely important for a wedding photographer, the most important part of your business is you. A great photographer will make great images regardless of their equipment.

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