Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tip #4 To Shooting Better Wedding Videos

Tip #4 To Shooting Better Wedding Videos

Position, Position, Position when videoing weddings

They talk about Position, Position, Position when dealing with real estate. The same applies when shooting video. Where you are situated will make a significant difference to the overall visual effect of the video.

The important thing to remember when being the official videographer at a wedding, is that you, like the photographer, can move to get the best position. Generally, if you look professional and like you know what you are doing, people around you will respect that and get out of your way. Do not be afraid to move to get that better shot. Now, you must also remember that this is a wedding. You have to be respectful to the bride and groom and their parents and the guests. Also, depending on the religious background, certain sections may not be allowed to be videoed. (Check with the couple in advance, and make sure you know what you can do and what you can't, including where abouts you can move).

Most couples do not appreciate a videgrapher or a photographer moving around during the service. This is perfectable understandable. In this event, use a tripod up the back and make sure you have a clear shot. Getting the right position doesn't exactly mean you need to be right down the front. Ensure your vision will not be blocked by people when they stand up or by physical objects such as trees or columns. So in this sense, you need to be tasteful in how you move around.

My style of videoing a wedding is that I will generally have cameras setup towards the back, and on the sides. During items, I may move if necessary, and I will always move up to the front during the signing of the registry.

At the end of the day, you need to experiment to get the best view. This is why it is great to plan ahead, check out the location and see where you can setup. When your on the move with your camera and not using your tripod, move around, make sure you can capture people's emotions and feelings. If you need to ask someone to move, do it politely. The bride and the groom will appreciate the difference a small amount of thought and creativity can make.

Position, Position, Position when videoing weddings


At 9:56 PM, Blogger cezza said...

Hey Matt!

Thanks for your tips so far on wedding videography - very helpful. I couldn't agree with you more when it comes to the importants of position when videoing special occasions such as weddings. Having professionally filmed weddings myself, there are number of things I have also learnt from experience about positioning your camera at these special occasions!

Check the spirit level on your tripod! There is nothing worse than filming an event and realising half way through it that your camera is not on a level surface and your shot is on an angle! This makes for very poor viewing and makes your final product seem very amateurish. Make sure well before the service starts that you check the spirit level on you tripod... if it has one. This is especially important if you have had to put your tripod up on chairs or on some makeshift surface to get extra height or fit in a squashed area, etc, etc.

Possibly not as much to do with the position of your camera, but another key thing I always find important to do before I start filming an event is to adjust the tripod's head movement. This enables you to move the camera around more comfortably and also in a smoother, more fluent fashion. On most tripods you will be able to adjust both the pan movement (left and right) and the tilt movement (up and down). Adjusting this before you start is very important, it allows you to capture smooth, seamless pans and tilts throughout the ceremony. If the adjustments are too tight, all your camera movements will be too jumpy; if they are too loose you will have to hold the camera in place for the entire service to avoid the camera dropping, resulting of a nice shot of the floor! Ultimately, you should be adjusting the tripod so that it is set up in such a way that you feel the most comfortable with it. Try it out before you start; pan and tilt the camera to see how smooth the movement is. Zooming in while you do this is often a good idea to help you see more easily how smooth the shots really are.

Hopefully I didn't get too off the topic here, however with any luck there might be someone out there who will find this helpful! There are just so many things to think of when capturing something as special as a wedding!

Thanks again for your tips Matt, I've found them really helpful... KEEP BLOGING!!

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Sicilian said...

Hey Matt. . . great blog. . . thanks for stopping by mine.


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