It takes more than excellent shooting and editing to make a great wedding video. A little preparation with your videographer can make a world of a difference. Looking at things through the videographer’s perception while considering things like positioning and lighting is important when planning those unforgettable wedding moments.
Here are some wedding videography secrets that you should keep in mind:
It’s always a good idea to give the videographer a heads up regarding the venue’s lighting. This will help get a clear video:
The video will look better if the lights are not turned down too low. If the venue is dark, the video professional will have to use a low wattage, on-camera light, which isn’t obtrusive. A professional will diffuse the light, thus spreading it evenly for clarity. Also, you may want to pre-arrange for the venue lights to be turned on for certain moments like cake cutting, bouquet tossing, and toasts.
For an outdoor wedding, everything will look much better if the bride, groom and guests are not in direct sunlight. That is because direct sunlight tends to wash out the vibrant colors, and a shady area or a canopy is probably the best.
It can be hard for the videographer to get perfect shots, particularly if your positioning is off. Consider including camera positioning techniques during the wedding rehearsal and it will make capturing the most intimate moments in the best way easy on the big day.
If you are including a sand ceremony or lighting a unity candle, ensure you don’t block the vase or the candle by standing in front of it. Staying on the side at an angle where the item is between the groom and the bride gives the videographer a perfect shot. The same applies when it comes to exchanging rings.
Facing each other instead of the officiant gives the best unobtrusive shots. If this is not an option, then ask the professional to install small hidden cameras strategically positioned for several camera angles.
When it comes to wedding videography, the videographer should not block the view of the guests. The same holds true for the guests who usually block the professional’s shots. Consider asking the guests to stay behind the videographer and photographer during the special moments like the ring exchange, cake cutting, and bouquet toss. You can include the message in the printed program or ask the ushers to remind them of your request secretly.
When videotaping beautiful wedding memories, it is the small things that really count. Knowing the actions that can ruin the wedding video can ensure your impressions are memorable for all the right reasons.
Things To Avoid
Eating, chewing gum and smoking look awful in video. Remind your guests to avoid chewing gum and instead provide them with mints. All professional videographers avoid recording people while they eat or smoke. However, feel free to mention it just in case.
Every wedding is different and so, these videography tips may not be ideal for every situation. As such, feel free to choose what will work best for your special day.