Wedding Videography – How to film a wedding
Some Notes about how to film a wedding
Weddings are not always straightforward sometimes they can be a mess people running around people running late, not finding locations so is part of the job to be able to deal with people to be able to be organised and be a good communicator.
Weddings are one of those things where you really benefit from just learning on the job it is not something that can be taught you can watch millions of videos on YouTube, but it really comes down to your personality and what you want to get out of the wedding. but just remember weddings are about the couples not about the footage that you get. do not be that overbearing person that takes over the day it is about them…
How to film a wedding, Look the part
There is no point in turning up to a wedding looking like you should not be there. The one thing I have heard so many times from other vendors bagging out photographers and videographers for not wearing the right clothes and just looking like they’re on a day out to the beach, so dress nice, be amenable and polite to everybody it will go a long way.
Wedding videography Gear
Starting out, you are always going to want to have the best gear you can possibly buy, but I think there are two important things are you need in a camera when shooting weddings. The first one it does have two card slots so you can back up your footage on the day so you have a copy, you cannot be losing footage that you can never shoot again. Same applies for audio always have a backup of the main audio in case something goes wrong because believe me, when films have bad audio it is so noticeable and will ruin a film, no matter how good the footage is…
One camera body and a versatile lens something like a 24 to 70. Would be a great place to start. having a camera that can do slow motion would really benefit the films because you need to be mobile, to eliminate that camera shake because you cannot be holding up the day setting up tripods or even mono pods so, I have learned really being handheld is the key to just getting everything you need for your films because it’s fast paced, and everything happens so quickly. I shoot all my wedding’s handheld with the Panasonic S1H and prior to that the GH5. before that I had a GH4 which of course had no stabilisation so was either on a mono pod or a GlideCam.
When you are starting out and you first start getting into audio recording, the pressure can really be on to get it right, you cannot mess this up you only get one opportunity to record so make sure you have backups of everything not just your audio but also your camera footage as well, because things can go wrong and there is nothing like an angry bride trust me!
A simple lav mic will suffice in capturing the vows, This can be placed on the groom and will then pick up the bride’s voice as well. This is all the audio you will need to make a decent highlight film because at the end of the day we are trying to tell a Story and normally the couple vows will tell a great story.
Working with other Vendors
Working with other vendors on the day he’s also important part of the job. Not only to make the day run smoothly but also other vendors will recommend you as well if you work well with them, of course paying special attention to working with the photographer is crucial to get great results for the couples.
How to film a wedding – What’s your Style
So, you want to get into wedding films, but you have no idea what your style is going to be, well I did not know either when I first started out, I just had a mishmash of ideas and just went ahead and shot. But as the years when on, I have created my own style and that really comes down to shooting weddings and practise until you find something that you like. My biggest thing I’ve learned over the years is now when I’m filming a wedding, I’m film for the edit. Let me explain… wedding films can be quite jarring because you are jumping around all over the place showing bits of the day the beginning the middle the end all mixed together. so, we are always trying to join different parts of the day together so we can make one coherent film and a great example of that is people doing the same thing but in different places the bride and groom putting their shoes on or the bridesmaids having a drink the groomsmen having a drink then we can easily link clips together to make a successful film…