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