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Inside My Digital camera Bag | Marie Lloyd

Hello, I’m Marie, a South Wales woman now dwelling on the border between Cheshire and North Wales. I’ve been photographing weddings full time since 2009. I first shot a marriage as a second shooter and completely cherished the happiness of a marriage day. It’s infectious.

My curiosity in pictures began once I labored with my Aunty. I began with boudoir, which was my Aunties focus. I accomplished a pictures evening faculty course after which moved into weddings. Earlier than that, I had executed a level in Enterprise with Advertising and marketing after which a post-graduate diploma in Advertising and marketing, which is useful for the enterprise facet of issues.

I like to {photograph} feelings as a lot as I can. Hovering round folks and ready for that excellent second once they stomach snigger or cry. I additionally love portraits, nonetheless in line with a pure fashion.


I imagine upgrading to the most recent in style digicam doesn’t make enterprise sense. You could preserve your prices low and make investments properly. I’ll improve to mirrorless, however I like everybody else to guage first, discover and iron out all of the bugs, then I’ll purchase it when it has come down in worth!


I take advantage of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, with a few Mk III backups. The digicam feels strong, like I can drop it and it’ll nonetheless work fantastic, though I’ve not examined the idea! The twin card slot is crucial and the battery final’s me a full day at a marriage. I alter it earlier than the night celebration, however that’s simply precautionary, not as a result of I have to.


I’m 90% a main lens person. I’ve three favorite prime lenses.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L is nice for the morning. I find it irresistible for a photojournalism fashion, which is solely how I shoot within the mornings. Its framing is near the way you see a scene with the human eye and feels pure.

The Canon 50mm f/1.2 L is my most used prime. I take advantage of this on the entrance of ceremonies and for portraits. It focuses completely and feels quick and light-weight to work with.

I am keen on the 85mm focal size, and that is my solely non Canon lens. I at the moment use the Sigma f/1.4L however am eager to attempt the Canon f/1.4L. I all the time pull the 85mm lens out when I’m photographing portraits.

Then I’ve one zoom. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM aka ‘my workhorse lens’. It definitely just isn’t my favorite lens, however when I’m in a busy room with little house to maneuver round, it’s the greatest lens to be versatile with. I take advantage of it notably within the hole between the day and the night when I’m maneuvering round loads and taking plenty of photograph requests from visitors.

I’ll typically take out the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM. I additionally sometimes use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, which is an efficient lens for choosing off folks and small teams exterior.


Canon Speedlite 600 EX II-RT is incredible. I’ve three of them and seen a major distinction once we upgraded these from the older Speedlite 580EX II. They simply appear to require much less of my brainpower as a result of their flash firing is a lot extra dependable and built-in radio is crucial.

The Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter is nice. It simply makes use of regular AA batteries and comfort, and compatibility is a plus level. I take advantage of plenty of off digicam flash from group photographs to the primary dance, so that is a vital piece of package.

I take advantage of Westcott softboxes in a few various sizes so as to add fill mild throughout teams and portraits.


I take advantage of a Black speedy RS-W2 digicam strap and carry a regular Canon digicam bag that holds a lens flash and spare physique. The strap has a pleasant cut-out form to suit a girl on her chest.

{Hardware} & Software program

Culling and edits are all in Lightroom. I even have Netflix on within the background when I’m modifying, a vital piece of package to maintain me motivated! I take advantage of my very own preset; I’ve higher consistency once I apply my default preset to all my photos.

My husband is in I.T so he has produced a really strong backup system for me. The RAW photos are initially backed as much as a Nas and last JPG’s additionally get backed as much as a 2nd Nas.

My husband additionally constructed my laptop for me primarily based on a Dell i7, and I take advantage of two Dell 24” extremely sharp screens.


I’m very vulnerable to bites, so I carry bug spray and antihistamines.

I take advantage of MPOW disposable earplugs. I discover them so useful for the night when I’m close to the music gear establishing lights.

Water and a granola bar are all the time in my bag!

Closing Phrases

As photographers, all of us could be followers and get seduced into a brand new shiny little bit of package as a result of somebody says it’s good. We have to take a step again and have a look at what’s on the market. In case you are a Canon person they’ll typically do a ‘attempt before you purchase’, sending you out package to guage without spending a dime, so look out for that. | @marielloydphoto

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