The diffeance between a photographer and videographer at a wedding
The difference between the videographer and photographer at a wedding
Apart from the visible difference, one has to take pictures and one records video, there are a main variation in how videographers and photographers approach a wedding. Even though we are there on the same day we are definitely after different things and different results.
Photographers are there to capture those small little moments, those pieces of time captured in a picture. Or those epic shots during the photo shoot. They are the kind of things you are going to put on your wall and will look at them every day. A videographer is going to make you feel like you are there they’re going to be recording vows, speeches. In years to come you’re probably going to forget exactly the emotions you felt when this was happening. A video memory will bring all these emotions back to life.
Working with the photographer
Of course building your relationship with the photographer is absolutely key for a great working relationship ensuring you have a great outcome for the couple
One thing a photographer does not really have to worry about is the narrative. videographer’s need to get to show the places B-roll of locations these are super important in how films are laid out and edited. It is crucial we have these to link locations and tell the story in the film.
Still life is part and parcel for the photographer at a wedding, so detail shots are straightforward. But for a videographer the key here is the movement I do not believe on film static shots look great, so movement is fundamental to telling the narrative. This can be accomplished with a slider, gimbals or handheld. I do not relay on a slider or gimbal. So, I do not use them.
For me a slider is overused at weddings, they are bulky and just another better gear to carry around. This also get boring when the same side-to-side movement over and over, weddings are about being created. Again, a gimbal is just another better gear to carry around and can slow you down because you are having to adjust things or focus, or batteries run out it just takes away from filming stuff on the day. photographer is fully free flowing they can walk around very easily with one or two cameras and capture most things easily.
No one likes shaky footage – Gear
Things are fluid at a wedding, events are over before you realize, and you missed it because you on a videographer is on a tripod or monopod. I shoot all-day handheld. This is as much about the equipment as your experience in maintaining a camera steady. I used a camera with IBIS (in body image stabilising) this is going to help get rid of a lot of the shake. When you combine that with a stabilised lens it looks like you are on a tripod. Voilà problem solved.
Photographers never have to worry about this…
The one thing I hear from a lot of brides is we do not need preparation in our film, we have a photographer there. I completely disagree… there is only one formula to a wedding and that is from prep to ceremony we are building up to that and then after that it is a party. This applies to the films we need that footage to build the Story. It is like coming into a movie halfway through and not knowing the beginning and then you are having to go back and rewatch it.
For ceremonies the videographer prep is all done before the bride arrives, I personally use four cameras they’re all set up ready to go prior to when she arrives obviously the photographer doesn’t have that luxury they only have the one or two cameras they are using on them so they definitely have more running around to do during the ceremony to get enough angles where myself I tend to move around less because obviously I have three other cameras pointing in the direction of the bride and groom
Group shots are the realm of the photographer when I shoot weddings, I never do group shots for video because I do not see the point of people just standing around having their photo taken and then also have their video taken to me that is doubling up a pointless exercise.
The photo shoot – do not just follow the photographer.
Things that look great as a portrait do not invariably look the same on video. on the film. The photographer will need to pose the couple which all sounds impressive but does always go with film. The videographer needs to step up and really interact with the couple get them taking and doing stuff rather than having then stand there statically, this is the point on of the day when the word canoodle to come out, talk to the couple get to know the man make them laugh, it is about building a relationship. Couples need to know you are in control so be assertive, direct them but only to a point. They have just gotten married so they will be in the moment.
I actually believe that the reception is a videographer’s realm not a photographer’s area especially things like speeches as it’s all about the audio. I think a photographer is superfluous.
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