6 Tips To Improve Your Sony A6000 Wedding Photography!

With the a6000 being such a popular camera, it is no surprise that we are always seeing people reach out for some Sony a6000 wedding photography tips and tricks. We finally had some spare time on our hands and decided to publish this article to try and help any of our readers who own an a6000 become a better wedding photographer quickly.

Use A Suitable Lens

Thankfully, the Sony E-mount type that is on the a6000 has a ton of lenses available for it that offer some excellent high resolution, high-quality photographs for wedding photography. We would recommend that you at least consider investing in one or more of the following three types of lenses if you don’t already have one of them to help up your a6000 photography game.

The Sony 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS Zoom Lens

First up we have the Sony 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS Zoom Lens (Click here to check for product prices and availability). The 24-70mm focal length is widely considered to be the best range for wedding photography as its lower end of zoom is ideal for any wide angle photographs with its higher end of zoom being ideal for portraits.

The manual focus ring on the lens is very responsive and easy to turn while also offering just enough resistance to prevent any accidental over turning. This allows you to quickly and easily tweak your focus levels on the fly to capture amazing high-quality photographs for your clients.

Additionally, the Sony 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS Zoom Lens already has a number of third-party reviews posted online for it that have been left by independent a6000 owners (click to read them) as well as wedding photographers (click to read them) giving you some reading material if you are interested in the lens.

A wedding photograph captured using the 24-70mm zoom range giving an idea of what your a6000 will be capable of if you choose to pick up a 24-70mm lens.
A wedding photograph captured using the 24-70mm zoom range giving an idea of what your a6000 will be capable of if you choose to pick up a 24-70mm lens.

The Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens

The next lens that we would recommend that our readers consider is the Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens (Click here to check for product prices and availability). It is a hugely popular lens that proven to be a hit with many E-mount camera owners over the years due to its wide range of uses.

Again, there are plenty of reviews online that have been left by independent a6000 owners (click to read) as well as wedding photographers (click to read) sharing their experiences with the lens that you may like to read.

The 35mm range can be used to cover the majority, if not all of the requirements of a wedding photography gig while providing some great photos. Its wide-angle performance allows you to use it as a sort of wedding/landscape photography hybrid lens to capture any architectural details or landscape views of the wedding venue as shown in the image below.

A wedding photograph that has been captured using a 35mm lens showing the mix between the wedding aspect and landscape aspect of the venue.
A wedding photograph that has been captured using a 35mm lens showing the mix between the wedding aspect and landscape aspect of the venue.

The Sony SEL50F18/B 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens

Although its main use is as more of a portrait photography lens, picking up a Sony SEL50F18/B 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens (Click here to check for product prices and availability) can also be useful for a wedding photographer although we would not recommend that this be your only lens. It is ideal for capturing any portrait style photos of the wedding as well as photographs of the bride getting her makeup done for her big day as shown in the image below.

Again, there are a number of reviews of the Sony SEL50F18/B 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens online that have been left by independent wedding photographers (click to read) as well as a6000 owners (click to read) that may be helpful to you.

A wedding photograph captured using a 50mm lens showing the bridge having her makeup applied ready for her wedding.
A wedding photograph captured using a 50mm lens showing the bridge having her makeup applied ready for her wedding.

Get A Suitable Speedlight Flash Unit

The majority of the time when a photographer is hired to photograph a wedding, he will have little to no experience of the wedding venue and what it has to offer. Many venues are older buildings that have poor lighting and can make it a total nightmare for you to capture photographs in low light conditions.

Picking up a decent budget friendly speedlight (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for your a6000 can help you avoid any problems in low light areas of the venue allowing you to keep snapping your photographs without issue. On top of this, we have also published articles on what we feel are the best speedlight flashes for Sony a6000 cameras and what we feel are the best Yongnuo flashes for Sony a6000 cameras that may help you pick a decent speed light that won’t break the bank.

Invest In A Set Of Spare Batteries

One of the most overlooked things that you can do to quickly and easily improve your Sony a6000 wedding photography performance is to simply pick up some decent budget friendly spare batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for your camera. There is nothing worse than being hired to photograph something as special as a wedding day only for you to get halfway through the day and for your camera batteries to give out.

In this day and age, it is so easy for people to post a negative review of your photography business online and on various social media platforms so there’s really no reason to take the risk. Picking up some cheap spare NP-FW50 batteries will extend your battery life and prevent this from happening. Additionally, we also published an article on what we feel are the best aftermarket batteries for Sony a6000 cameras that you may find helpful.

Weatherproof Your A6000

A photograph captured at a wedding where the rain had unfortunately decided to fall on the big day.
A photograph captured at a wedding where the rain had unfortunately decided to fall on the big day.

Although we always wish the bride the best of weather for her big day, unfortunately, sometimes the weather will take a turn for the worse but the show must go on. Depending on the venue this may not be an issue for you but as the wedding photographer, you will still be expected to do your best to capture the day. Our article on how you can best weatherproof your a6000 can be helpful in protecting your camera and equipment for a rainy wedding while allowing you to keep capturing photographs.

Weatherproofing your camera body and lens will protect your equipment while still allowing you to capture the reactions of the guests to the rain as shown in the image above. Although at the time, the bride may think her day has been ruined, in years to come she can look over the photographs of how her guests reacted in the rain and look back fondly.

Additionally, although rare, there are a small number of reports of the shutter button on the a6000 jamming when wet. Weatherproofing your camera will prevent this and allow you to keep capturing images for your client.

Take Steps To Stop Your A6000 Overheating!

It is no secret that many of the Sony Alpha range have suffered from overheating issues that essentially lock the camera up and prevent you from using it. There are a number of reasons on why this happens but the main problem is lack of airflow and heat being trapt in your camera body.

Our article on how to stop your Sony a6000 from overheating can help you reduce the chances of you getting the dreaded overheating warning and resulting shutdown while doing paid client work.

Get Inspiration From What Other Photographers Are Doing

Depending on what level photographer you are, watching a behind the scenes video of how a professional photographer goes about capturing photographs on a wedding day can help massively improve your wedding photography game. We would highly recommend that you watch the video below if you are an entry level photographer as it offers a ton of tricks that you can impliment.

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