Everyone who has a camera dreams of one day recording a wedding, but the reality is that many of them fail to do so. This may be due to a poor realisation of the video, since there is only one opportunity to get the perfect shot, and there is no possibility to repeat the shot as in other types of videos. The camera not only has to make sure to get good images, but also to be in the right time and place to collect the most interesting moments of the day, which serve as a souvenir for the bride and groom and for subsequent generations.
We present here a complete guide for beginners that everyone can apply to record as a wedding professional. With our professional service for cinema wedding in Sydney you can achieve the results you need, here at Fuss Photography we’ll help you.
The expectations of the couple and the promises
It is impossible to record every single moment of a wedding, and that is something that your clients have to understand. Don’t raise your expectations by promising to record everything. Make them understand that what you are going to record are the most important moments, and this includes, above all, the preparation, the ceremony and the reception. In fact, wedding videos usually last between 45 minutes and up to 3 hours, and with that, as you can imagine, it is not possible to cover everything that happens on that day.
Choose your equipment and the style of the video
The basic equipment to record a wedding can consist of the camera, a tripod, batteries, headphones, videotapes, microphone and, probably, a set of lenses. It may be advisable, or necessary in certain circumstances, to have lights and a wireless microphone and even a ball tripod. Maybe you have the tendency to take all your equipment with you, but this is also not recommended since, during the recording of the video you will need to be light in weight and move quickly, so if you can take advantage of natural light or that already there is in place, you will save a lot of weight and, in passing, you will give a very natural touch to your video.
Tripods and monopods are essential since they will allow you greater stability in the planes and in the stabilisation of the images that may be more shaky. Also, of course, they are of great help if the ceremony is long and you can avoid more fatigue by holding the camera with your hands. In the same way the different types of lenses that you are going to use are important. Choose them well depending on the type of plans you want, and the style you are going to give your video.
Get the best shots
Once you have prepared all your equipment and placed it in the right place, it is time to put the cameras to record. As a camera operator, it is essential that you arrive before the protagonists and guests to the place, so that you have time to study the location, prepare everything and have it ready when you start.
It is essential that you know where the groom and the bride are going to arrive, the most important stages of the celebration and, also, if there will be any relevant or extraordinary event during the celebration. With all this information, you can choose the best places to position yourself and get the best plans. Therefore, good advice is always to have the program of the day at hand and, also, talk to the event organisers or organisers for this purpose.
During the ceremony
Before the ceremony begins, you will need to do tests at the place where they will enter and the bride and groom will be there. Ideally, be somewhere behind the altar, so that you can get good shots of your entrance. It is also important that you do, better first, some detailed shots of the decoration, the place, the guests, and others, so that you can use them as a complementary resource.
When the bride and groom enter, record them on their way down the hall. If they enter separately, maybe you can record them by following them for a different and personal effect. But it can always be a good idea to place yourself in a fixed place, prepare a medium shot and record them coming and going where you are recording.
When the bride makes her entrance, you should be focusing her and, as she goes along, take medium shots of her. Once you have reached the altar and greeted the groom, you can place yourself next to the officiant, on your left or right, from where you can take the best shots, especially at the time of the exchange of votes.
Here are some of the plans that can never be missing in the recording of the ceremony:
- The entrance and the walk of the bride to the altar
- The bride’s first look at the boyfriend when they meet
- The votes
- The kiss
- The departure of the newly married bride and groom
The reception, or the banquet, usually has a less formal character, with fun moments that are always worthwhile. In the same way as with the ceremony, it is recommended that you know a little about the organisation of the ceremony, so that you can anticipate and choose the best places to place yourself and record. Be sure to take all those highlights, such as the entrance of the bride and groom into the living room, when they cut the cake, the toast, the dance and when the bride throws the bouquet. Do not forget here to get different plans of the event, such as the cake before they cut it, the guest book, the tables, the invitations, the people, or anything else that may be useful and useful. that you think can describe the moment well.
It is also recommended that you do not focus on those moments when people are eating, since they are not usually the most aesthetically pleasing.
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