So you bought all this expensive stuff to shoot your movies and videos and you're thinking "Man it would be great if I could find some way to get this stuff to pay for itself or maybe even make a few bucks. Maybe you're already covering some live events like your buddy's band, or skateboard junkies, or even the kid's little league games. Well have you ever thought of shooting and producing wedding videos? Brides are spending billions of dollars a year and a chunk goes toward wedding videos. Why not grab your share? Whether you are new to videography or are exploring new ways to expand your studio These 9 tips will help you produce professional wedding videos from day one.
'1) Equipment matters! You don't need really high end gear to shoot weddings, but you do need the right gear. You'll need a good prosumer DV camera, two is even better. Light sensitivity is important. Weddings tend to be held in churches and the like. These buildings are usually low light environments and the client won't have patients with you setting up lights, so get cameras with low Lux ratings. Lux is a measurement of light intensity. The higher the Lux the more intense the light (brighter) The lower the less intense the light (dimmer) A camera with a low Lux rating will function better in low light and therefore give you a more professional finished product. You will also need a fluid head tripod for each camera, A remote microphone (wireless) A shotgun mic or two isn't a bad idea. An audio mixer. Live sound is tricky so more is better as long as it doesn't break the budget.
2)While on the subject of touchy live audio... Have a back up for your audio. Remember this is a live shoot. It happens once and if you miss it you're toast. To that end a good idea is to use a mini disc recorder in the groom's pocket with a lavaliere mic on his lapel. This is good C.Y.A. insurance as he's one of the main actors in this show and he will never be too far from the action.
Know your equipment inside and
out. Whether you are using a run of the mill digital camera
expensive set up that has taken you years to work up, make sure
everything is in top-notch working order and that you are thoroughly
familiar with every nuance of the machine. Remember Murphy’s
anything can go wrong, it will. So keep Murphy out of the
checking and double checking your camera and related equipment.
WEDDING VIDEOS TIPS
Insider Tricks to Create a Great Wedding Video.
If you have been hired to create a video of someone’s wedding and reception, it can be a really fun job. Not only is there a lot of joy, laughing and fun moments during a wedding celebration but it is really gratifying to know that the video you are creating will be part of family celebrations of these people for decades to come.
Naturally, you want to do a good job. But whether you are just getting started or have been shooting video for years, you know things can sneak up on you and make your job more difficult. So there are some “insider tricks” that you should keep in mind especially on the big day so the wedding goes off like clockwork and you get that great video without disturbing the joy and fun of the family.
The first few precautions actually happen long before you drive up to the church and that is a thorough equipment check. Check and double check your equipment and then check it again. It can’t hurt to be a bit compulsive about this. Also, check that all of your supplies are new, in good shape and that you have back ups of batteries, bulbs, tapes or whatever recording media you are using. If you know your equipment is in good shape, you can walk in there like the professional you are.
Next, be everywhere early and well prepared. In fact, it can’t hurt to scope out the church and reception hall the day before to check the lighting and do some planning on where you might plan to get your best video from. If Martin Scorsese can preplan all of his shoots, so can you.
be sure everybody knows who you are. Meet the bride,
groom, the wedding party and others close to the planning. If
are security people, be sure they know who you are as well.
is a need for passes or badges of any kind, be sure you have one well
ahead of the wedding day.
Part of networking with the key players includes getting some face time with others who may be supporting the wedding. Many weddings have a wedding planner who must know everything that is going to happen. Be sure he or she knows who you are and what you are going to do before you start disturbing their domain. It is also a great idea to meet the other photographers and do a bit of preliminary choreography so everybody can get their shots. Be aware that you really don’t want to do such a great job of videotaping the wedding that you damage the experience of the wedding guests. This all takes lots of planning.
If they rehearse, you rehearse. The rehearsal is one of the great missed opportunities that wedding photographers and videographers have to step through the wedding with the party and plan where you are going to be. Now secure permission to be there as you never want to surprise a nervous bride or her mother. But if they know you are working as hard as they are to get ready, they will be thrilled and you may find them giving you directions on shots they want included in the video and where they want (and don’t want) you to be at strategic moments during the wedding. This information is gold on producing a high quality video for your customers.
Once everything is ready, jump in there and enjoy the wedding right along with everyone else. You know you are ready and you like what you do so you can celebrate this big day and produce a top-notch video that will be a treasured memory for this bride and groom for many years to come.