What's in Your Bag, David Bastianoni?

by David Bastianoni

© David Bastianoni

May 11, 2016

I shoot mainly weddings in Italy and around Europe; it fascinates me to enter the life of my clients for a day and be able to leave a piece of their history over time. I love photographing different cultures with rituals and customs distant from my own, trying to remain consistent with my aesthetic.

I work in a very simple and clean way: two lenses, a 24mm and a 85mm. I use only these two because it allows me to have a freedom of reasoning: close enough to the scene to steal a thrill but detached enough to tell the story objectively. Knowing my lenses, I can concentrate more on what happens and react instinctively to the situation that I have in front of me.

I also take with me the old 70-210mm because it’s so light and delivers very nice atmosphere, and the tilt-shift is great for more creative images.

Some of my clients love staged portraits, as do I, so for those I use some external lighting, which helps give that special “wow” effect.


• Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs

• Canon 24mm f/1.4 USM ll
• 85mm f/1.2 USM ll     
• 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
• 70-210mm f/4 

For elopements: 
• 50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art
• 45mm TS-E f/2.8
• Canon 14mm f/2.8 USM 

• LED Cube light
• Canon SpeedIite 600EX-RT 
• MagMod grid

• Canon Extension Tube EF 12
• ND Filter Gradual Hoya
• ND Filter from 2x to 20x B+W
• Canon Transmitter ST-E3-RT
• 4 batteries for camera and 12 Stilo rechargeable batteries for flash 
• Holdfast Belt 

• Compact Flash 64GB SanDisk
• SD 64GB SanDisk for back up on JPEG L

David Bastianoni is an international wedding photographer based in Tuscany. Born into a family of esteemed and creative photographers, Bastianoni has been exploring photography since he was a young boy, thus following the path of his grandfather, father and uncle, narrating since 1932 the realism of personal stories and feelings through images. At WPPI 2016 this past March, he took home the Grand prize in Albums.

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