You’re big day will live long in your memory for years to come, but it’s those little details you forget and you’ll want to have a record of – that’s where a wedding video comes in handy. In this article we’re going to look at some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect wedding video. We’ll cover that in a moment, but first let’s look at you (or your videographer’s) level of expertise. Is this a hobby, or something he does professionally? The world is full of amateur photographers and videographers, but do you really want an amateur filming your wedding? If you are an amateur videographer with all the right equipment, filming weddings is a great way to make extra money. You must however, have a certain level of competence and expertise before putting yourself out there. So let’s look at some tips which will help produce the perfect wedding video.
If you are doing the videoing, be sure to choose the right equipment. I know they say a bad workman blames his tools – but bad tools are a bad start for any workman, regardless of their ability. Remember, video equipment quickly becomes obsolete as modern technology is developing so fast. A HD camcorder, a remote microphone system, audio recorders and a fluid heat tripod are essentials. Audio is a very important part for wedding videos. You need to be able to hear the speeches without the muffle of the guests whispering. Remote microphones are a great help to ensure you get the audio you need. However they can pick up background voices. To combat this, a lot of wedding videographers are using audio recorders to back up their audios. These devices are reasonably affordable and portable. They could be slipped inside the grooms pocket while remaining concealed. As a videographer you must understand LUX. This is a measurement of sensitivity of the camera. Better video in low light situations is created by cameras with a lower LUX rating. As most weddings take place in venues where the lighting is low, you must use a low LUX camera to capture your best work.
Make sure the videographer gets B-roll coverage. This is crucial to ensuring the highest professional quality of your wedding video. To do this, use a tri-pod to take external images of the wedding venue, zooming in on the organs, stain glass windows or floral décor. This will ensure a professional finish can be put on your wedding video. Be sure to start recording before the wedding so footage of guests arriving and taking their seats can be shot. Make sure your audio is tested prior to the ceremony. Arrive at the venue a few hours before the ceremony, test your audio and be prepared.
Your videographer must make sure he captures the key moments such as the kiss, the exchanging of rings and the cutting of the cake. The kiss is all about the bride and groom, so make sure you keep it simple. Remember to capture the theme of the wedding. If the bride and groom work in a zoo and there’s a definite animal vibe, capture that with a shot of some animals nearby (if there are any). When hiring a wedding videographer it is important that you have a written contract as this will help protect you in the case of any mishaps occurring.