Wedding filmmaking is a mixture of many photographic and videography genres. It integrates portraiture, group photos and videos, documentary, event, and close-up footages. It also incorporates the landscape if the wedding venue is particularly beautiful and important.
Having the best camera or gear doesn’t make any difference between a good wedding filmmaker and a great one. Only you can make the difference. Are you the one that a couple wants to have you at their wedding? Whether it’s a simple ceremony or a big wedding night, you have to be the picture video maker that worths booking. You can make yourself better by following these ways.
Communicate with the couple, place, and vendors
You should have a meeting with the engaged people before the wedding date. Question them about what they are looking for in their photos and videos. Do they want you to capture certain moments? Do you need to know about any surprises or choreographed dances? Will the groom be wearing his Great-Great Grandfather’s wedding dress? Be ready to capture these certain moments to make your work stand out. Go to the ceremony and reception venues and check out if they have any rulers and regulations. There are some venues that require proof of insurance before they let you shoot on the grounds. It’s your job to have each and everything in order before showing up. Communicate with the vendors that you will work with on the wedding day. Knowing vendors in the industry is the gateway to your success. Their reviews may help you to land future weddings.
Stay quick while carrying as little gear as possible
The morning is a fairly typical operation of a wedding. The bride and bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done, the groom and the groomsmen hang out. You should be running around until the wedding is over. That’s why it’s better to set the heavy bag in the corner and take it easy on your shoulders. Carry what you need only. Do not try to carry every lens option at once. A camera and two lenses will be perfect for you to run around. Make sure that you have extra batteries and formatted memory cards ready to go. You can also find an outlet and have a charging station for the batteries you have already used.
Always shoot the traditional wedding shots
The wedding day can be experimental for you but make sure that you always get the typical wedding shots too. You can find your style by experimenting but you have to keep in mind that the couple wants to see their vows, first dance, and cake cutting. You will have to cover the important things before you get all those cool transition shots.
Keep the camera stable
Stabilization is very important. Going handheld will not help you to cut it. Use a camera tripod, monopod, slider, glidecam, or a shoulder rig and be sure that you can rapidly switch between your support gear. You can easily switch on the go by putting the same quick release plate on all of your equipment. During the ceremony, tripods are great. But they can easily get in the way elsewhere. You won’t have much space to work when you’re in a tiny hotel room with the whole bridal party, family members, makeup artists, and hair stylists. The thing will keep you shooting is to quickly switch to a monopod or glidecam.
Capture enough B-roll
When you’re editing, B-roll can be your best friend and worst enemy. If you don’t have it enough, it will make your job much harder. It’s not difficult to remember to capture the exteriors of the venue but you also have to keep in mind that there are people who are coming to these venues. The bride and groom will want to see their friends and family in attendance when they watch their wedding video. Keep an extra camera to capture the crowds during the ceremony. To hide any rough edits, this footage will always come in handy.
Prepare for low light situations
Evening receptions can be a daunting challenge for wedding photographers and videographers. Perhaps, it will be dark indoor or outdoor. Venues dim the lights after the dinner is served so that the party can begin. Maybe you and the DJ have already talked about his light setup but still, you will need your own light setup to help you get certain shots.
Remember that the guests won’t likely be blinded by your lights all night. So your camera has to handle low light well. Be sure to use the lights sparingly when you use them. Don’t leave them on during the entire reception, it kills the mood.
Great looking professional wedding pictures and videos begin inside the camera. When the footage is shot and pictures are taken, little can be done in post to improve it and every modification step taken later only adds to the cost. Get everything right at the time of the shoot itself, it’s the best way to shoot the best wedding pictures and videos. There you have it. Take a pen and note these steps down. Hopefully, they will help you to be better on your next wedding project.
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