Sony Alpha 1 is my go-to camera

Sony Alpha 1 is my go-to camera

Posted by Raph Nogal on 2024-06-10

Every wedding photographer has their favorite parts of the wedding day and mine is definitely the bridal portraits. This is a time away from the chaos and a time to have some fun and get creative. As a professional photographer of 15 years, I definitely rely on my gear and I need it to be there for me, especially on a "high-stress", “no going back”, “once in a lifetime” job like a wedding.

My go-to camera is the Sony Alpha 1 and I love it for many reasons, but specifically for its versatility. With a 50 megapixel full image sensor, I can get all the details that are important to my clients... like the intricate fabric details of the wedding dress or the tiniest details of the jewelry, for example. If 50 megapixels is too much, I have the ability to change the size of my RAW files for smaller files and faster processing later…. This helps especially on long wedding days when we come back with 3000-5000 images to cull through.

When dealing with dynamic movement, like throwing and twirling around a wedding dress, I’m able to shoot up to 30 frames per second to capture exactly the moment that I want. This is great for creative portraits with movement but also when the bride and groom are running out of the church, or someone is about to pull their signature dance move on the dance floor.

Although I don’t do much video myself, this camera is quite capable with handling and producing excellent video at 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0, along with 4K 120p15 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and S-Cinetone color.

I truly think this is a camera that can do it all. 

As the wedding day unfolds and we find ourselves in different environments and situations, I rely on my Sony GM lenses to help get me the images that I need.

If I had to pick only two lenses to take with me on a wedding day, it would be the 24-70mm f2.8 GM II and the 70-200mm f2.8 GM II. These will be useful in just about every situation.

For added creativity, a 35mm F1.4 GM50mm f1.2 GM and 85mm f1.4GM would be my next option. These will help with low light situations and of course give you that creamy bokeh when shot wide open without sacrificing sharpness.

In order to get great wedding images, the combination of your imagination, technical know-how, and gear selection is what makes those images a reality. Get out there and have fun.

Raph Nogal,