The dream of most soon-to-be-married couples is to have a wonderful wedding video to remember. However, most of them get disappointed when they see their wedding video. As much as they want their wedding to be captured in perfect detail, the wedding’s over and they can’t redo it.
The person who’ll take the video has only one chance to capture the wedding. And if they slightly mess up, they still have the chance to redeem themselves through editing. After all, a wedding videographer can edit their work to showcase the highlights of a wedding. But if the video’s overall quality is bad, no editing can save it.
In case you’re suddenly tasked to take the wedding video of your friend or family friend but you aren’t a professional and you don’t want to mess things up, you can follow the following tips to get you through this immensely important duty.
1. Prepare Your Equipment
If you’re looking to capture amazing and impressive wedding videos, you need to use a camera or a smartphone that has decent camera capabilities. At the very least, it should be capable of shooting high-definition videos at 720p, 24fps.
If the couple wants a virtually streamed ceremony and you’re tasked to handle it, be sure that your internet connection should have an upload and download speed of above 3–4 Mbps. Anything below will only lead to stutters and multiple streaming failures.
If you have the budget for it, it’s recommended that you buy a gimbal stabiliser for your camera so you’ll have highly stabilised wedding videos as well as an external microphone for better audio.
2. You Have To Be Fast
To ensure that you capture amazing wedding videos, it’s important to remember to be quick on your feet. As such, you need to carry as little equipment as possible so you’ll be able to film special wedding moments and highlights quickly.
Keep in mind that during the wedding, the groom will always hang out with his groomsmen and the bride will also get their hair and makeup ready together with her bridesmaids before the wedding commences. So, expect yourself to be running around the venue just to capture shots until the ceremony is over.
This means that you’ll have your hands full in finding intrinsic moments to capture, it’s best to carry what you only need. Having every lens option in your bag will only be a hindrance to your job. Since you’ll be running around, a camera and two lenses together with some extra batteries and memory cards should be more than enough for you to film the wedding.
An alternative is to get another person to shoot another video. The more people and clips you can get, the more options and materials you can edit in the end. Of course, that person should have a camera that matches the specs of the one you’re going to use.
3. Always Use A Tripod
Tripods are an absolute must-have piece of equipment when it comes to shooting wedding videos. Sure, you might be using a professional camera, but holding with your hand can produce shaky and unstable videos unless you have a stabiliser.
If you want amazing wedding videos, you need to use a tripod. Even a 5-feet tripod is already enough to make a high-quality stable wedding video. Using a tripod is even more necessary if you’re using a smartphone or tablet to film the wedding.
Another advantage of having a tripod is that you can leave it alone to take videos. If you can’t get another person to shoot, a tripod can be a good replacement. The only downside is that you’ll need another camera and be on constant guard to ensure that the camera’s still rolling and somebody hasn’t stolen it yet.
4. Be There Early And Get All The Information You Need
To ensure that you’ll get the right shots, you need to arrive early at the venue and talk to the wedding planner. And since you’re someone close to the couple, try to ask if you can join them during practice.
Joining the wedding practice and arriving early allows you to know how the wedding program will proceed. For instance, this will let you know where the bride and the groom will enter the venue. It will also inform you of various sitting arrangements and other special activities that are planned for the wedding.
With this information, you’ll be able to decide which are the best places for you to get your cameras rolling. It will also let you when is the right time to get the best shots.
5. Prepare For Low-Light Situations
Evening receptions are a nightmare for many wedding videographers. This is because reception venues usually dim the lights, especially after dinner is served. In this case, you’ll need to bring your light setup as well so you can be prepared for low-light situations. This is especially true if you have a camera that doesn’t do well in low-light situations.
Also, even if it’s daytime, some cathedrals and churches have poor lighting conditions. So, be prepared, and if you like the idea of being a wedding videographer, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in some reflectors and lights.
You need to remember that the wedding day is one of the most important days in a couple’s life. So, you have put in your best effort in capturing a wedding video that will surely amaze and impress anyone who gets to see it. Once you do, the couple will surely thank you for your contribution to the success of their big day.