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A Few Pro Tips for Videoing Your Wedding
IMPORTANT – Don’t film in portrait (upright) mode – hold the camera so that your picture is in the landscape mode (just like a TV screen).
Set your camera to AUTO MODE (AUTOFOCUS ON ) unless you are an expert.
In SETTINGS set your camera to 1920 x1080 25fps (may be described as HD 1080p). Lower definition will result in lower picture quality. Only use higher definition (3840×2160 25fps) if you have large capacity memory cards.
If available, turn on CAMERA STABILISATION to avoid wobbly filming.
If possible start recording 2-3 seconds before any action and stop recording 2-3 seconds after the action finishes (editing later can trim a shot but cannot add what you haven’t recorded!).
If you’re unsure about taking a shot, do it anyway – I can’t edit what I don’t have, and shots can always be left out of the edit!
If possible use the wider end of the zoom range of your lens as this will give steadier and in-focus shots. Avoid using the full telephoto end of the zoom lens as this will produce shaky shots. Don’t be afraid to get closer to your subject. This is particularly important with the ceremony and speeches, where the sound will be so much better. Ceremony and speech recording may benefit from using a tripod – you decide.
With action shots such as dancing, get in amongst the action – it’ll be more fun! Don’t get over-excited, camera movements should still be steady and smooth.
Do not be afraid to move around whilst filming, but make all movements smooth and steady (practice beforehand).
If the camera is set to AUTO (recommended), try to avoid having the sun, bright sky or a bright window behind the subject. This will upset the auto-exposure on the camera and just record a silhouette. To avoid this, either move the subject or move your filming position.
If 2 or more cameras are being used (recommended for a more interesting edit) be sure to film from different positions to get different angles on the action.
Don’t pan the camera rapidly unless you are following a moving subject. All camera movements should be slow and steady.
Try interviewing family and guests but don’t ask questions such as “are you having a good time” – you’ll just get a one word answer. Rather say something like “tell me what you’ve enjoyed about today”. If you always say “tell me what you think about…” you’ll always get a better answer, and the answer will still make sense even after trimming out the question in the editing.
Before filming on the day, format your memory card to erase it to create space for the wedding filming (after removing any existing files that you want to keep). A spare card or two is a good idea to have in your pocket!
Similarly, have enough batteries to last the whole day, and charge them all the day before (you can never have too many batteries). Take your charger on the day so that you can recharge batteries on site if necessary.
Before sending your memory cards to us, copy all the files to your laptop or PC as a backup. Don’t delay sending the files as, the sooner they arrive, the sooner the edit will be completed. The memory cards will be returned along with the edited videos.
Finally, have a practice run (or several) before the day to iron out any problems.