The challenges of video over photo capturing weddings

Event Videography and its challenges are often compared to event or wedding photography. In reality the two are extremely different in their methods and challenges.

Unlike photography, which can be accomplished with a single photographer, one camera and a few lenses. Videography can easily require a truckload of equipment, which is why most professional videographers need to work with at least one other person.

As videographers, we often need time to set up multiple cameras and set up various pieces of audio acquisition equipment. Most clients forget that we have to worry about not just the captured picture but also the quality of the audio. This is most important during the ceremony and therefore a set –up time, about (25min) is required before the ceremony begins. Unlike a photographer, we can’t show up minutes before the event begins.

Clients often don’t consider set up times for video/audio and it can bring us dangerously close to missing parts of the ceremony or reception due to weather, traffic etc. Wiggle room in the schedule is essential.

We should always have a buffer of time in between locations so we don’t have to rush to set-up if an unforeseen problem causes us to arrive later than expected.

If scheduling for a videographer is considered it makes the job much easier in terms of shoot errors due to rushing, not to mention it improves our ability to get better shots in general. A little bit of extra time can make a world of difference. 

Posted on March 20, 2017 .

LithiumCinema INC Fact Page

LithiumCinema Fact Sheet

 

·      We have photographed and provided video coverage for more than 300 weddings and various events.

·      We have served Toronto and the GTA with wedding photo/video coverage for more than 7 years!

·      Lithium has shot every type of ceremony imaginable from Muslim, Hindu, Gay/lesbian, Iranian, Jewish, Catholic, to non-religious ceremonies and everything in between.

·      All of our videographers and photographers are highly trained and have a special unlearned “talent” we look for in all shooters.

·      We have several types of wedding video styles (cinematic, documentary, custom) for the final cut. This gives clients a wealth of options to get the video that best represents them.

·      Lithium shoots exclusively using the latest video technology such as SLR’s, steadycams and dollies.

·      We offer engagement videos and trash the dress videos for FREE!

·      We always shoot with at least 2 videographers and up to 4 cameras at once for a more dynamic looking video in the editing room.

·      HD Blu-ray DVD’s are offered FREE!

·      Lithium has just recently begun to offer drone video with a professional drone pilot.

·      We offer SDE’s (same day edits)

·      All clients are offered the raw footage for FREE. This allows our clients to burn as many more DVD’s as they wish.

 

Pleasing our clients with the finished product is our main objective. Working closely with our clients before the wedding to discuss the ceremony, events etc. and especially editing helps us guarantee a satisfied client.

Posted on April 7, 2016 .

Things You Can Do To Help Us Make Your Photos and Video Better

Things You Can Do To Help Us Make Your

Video & Photos Better!

  

*Not everything on this list is a necessity or a MUST DO; its only purpose is to give clients recommendations and suggestions to follow only if possible.

  

Getting Ready in the Morning

We Need Action

·      The groomsmen don’t have much to do except suit up and that can be realistically faked, but the bride preparations which are much more extensive, shouldn’t be faked. We need to be with the bride while she is in the process of getting ready and interacting with her bridesmaids/family members.

 

Natural Light is King

·      Video and photo love natural light. The bride should always try to choose a place for hair/makeup in a well-lit area, preferably by a large window.  We try to avoid indoor lighting (light bulb lights) at all cost. The color temperature of tungsten light, (indoor lights) often have an undesirable orange colour temperature. This can create a grainy orange colour cast in the video.  This is especially important when tying of the wedding dress. Open all windows and try to get as much sunlight in your home as possible.

 

Room to Shoot

·      Space is also another problem to consider. Our videographers need space to move around subjects we are shooting. Please keep that in mind when choosing a place to do your morning prep.

·      Bathrooms and small or dark bedrooms are not ideal. Living-rooms or well-lit kitchens are fantastic.

 

In the Loop

·      Keep us in the loop. Always let us know what is happening, when, and where. It would be a shame for us to be shooting a bridesmaid getting her makeup done downstairs, while unknowingly to us, your mother is tying up your wedding dress upstairs.

                                                             

The Ceremony

Clear Audio

·      Make sure you let your officiant know you will have videographers present, as there might be rules for where the camera can or cannot be. Most importantly, you will want to ask the officiant if we can plug into their PA system to record all audio from the venue microphones in used. There is usually an audio technician that will need to be notified or be on site.

 

This all may seem unnecessary, or even a hassle, but it’s the best (and sometimes the only) way to get clear audio from all parts of the ceremony.

(Some churches can be apprehensive about anybody plugging into their system; you might have to be a bit forceful to get access)

  

The Photo Shoot

Think Outside the Box

·      If you plan to book a photo shoot in a park, try to have a second location that is more creative and offbeat. Your photographer will love you for it and it will make for interesting video. Google alternative photo locations for great ideas.

  

The Reception

Plug In

·      If your speeches will be using your DJ’s microphone we always plug into, and record from the DJ’s system. This is something you should tell your DJ prior to the date, although most pro DJ’s will understand why we need to record their audio.

 

Lights Camera Action

·      Lastly, receptions are usually very dark for most cameras’ to get a crisp and clear picture. We have video lights to deal with the low light issue but most halls have spotlights for entrances, first dances, dancing etc.

·   If you can fit it in your budget, hall lighting makes a tremendous difference in the ambience/look of the wedding reception for photo and video, not to mention, your guests. This includes LED wall      lighting and most importantly, dance floor spotlights for the first dance and entrances. These types of mood and display lighting are well worth the money from the standpoint of photo and video. It also showcases a beautifully lit reception for your guests. 

 

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Posted on March 12, 2016 .

5 Things No One Tells You About Being a Bride

"Wedding fund, what wedding fund?" 

…says your father. While all these decades you assumed your parents were setting aside a nest egg for your wedding, because it's your wedding after all, they in fact needed every last penny to support your family, pay for years of your ice skating lessons, and send you to college. So said reserve growing exponentially in an offshore bank account was actually something you conjured up in your mind. Ouch!

Things are pricey, like #$%@^ expensive.

Visiting a wedding vendor and processing the sobering figures they throw out you is akin to a middle-of-the night wakeup call you never saw coming. Once you tell anyone you're planning a wedding, things get pricey, and the more conversations you have, the increases magically mount. So, maybe you won't be saying "I do" at a castle in Florence like Kimye...

Bridesmaids can be bitchy.

You've asked your nearest and dearest to be front and center on your day, an honor they've been dreaming about, right? But every decision from the neckline of their dresses, the day the shower will happen, and the color of lipstick they'll wear to the wedding has been as painful as a presidential debate. The solution: Pop a bottle of champagne.

You will get naked in front of strangers—a lot.

Whatever happened to the privacy of a dressing room? It's like everyone and their mother is measuring and scrutinizing and hoisting and tucking. When your seamstress says, "strip!" you drop trou on command. Modesty is for sissies.

You and your fiancé will argue.

Here, all this time you thought your S.O. was a "yes" man and now it's like he woke up from a brainwash and cares about the shape of your reception tables, the composition of your bouquet—even the color of your wedding day nail polish. Did some alien just invade the man formerly known as your fiancé and occupy his body? He suddenly has opinions and a lot of them. Don't worry he'll calm down after the wedding.

 

Source - http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/410470/things-no-one-tells-you-about-being-bride

Posted on March 3, 2016 .

Ceremony Audio

AUDIO ACQUISITION 

 

Make sure you let your officiant know you will have videographers present, as there may be rules for where the camera cannot be.

Most importantly, you will want to ask the officiant if we can plug into their PA system to record all audio from the venue microphones being used. Usually there is an audio technician that will need to be notified. Asking to plug into an audio system doesn't always mean you're going to get a "yes". Be prepared to force the issue, as you have invested in a wedding video and the ceremony is the most important part.

****This may seem unnecessary, or even a hassle, but it’s the best (and sometimes the only) way to get clear audio from all parts of the ceremony. 

Posted on March 3, 2016 .

Getting Ready - What you can do to make your video better

 

Getting Ready in the Morning

1)   The groomsmen don’t have much to do except suit up and that can be realistically faked, but its not the same with the bride preparations which are much more extensive. Video requires action, and we need to be with the bride while she is in the process of getting ready; faking it after the fact is not ideal.

 

2)   Video and photo loves natural light. The bride should always try to choose a place for hair/makeup in a well-lit area, preferably by a large window.  We try to avoid indoor lighting (light bulb lights) at all cost. The color temperature of tungsten light, (indoor lights) often have an undesirable orange colour temperature. This can create a grainy orange colour cast in the video. 

 

NATURAL LIGHT IS ALWAYS BEST!

 

3) Keep us in the loop. Always let us know what is happening, when, and where. It would be a shame for us to be shooting a bridesmaid getting her makeup done downstairs, while unknowingly to us, your mother is tying up your wedding dress upstairs.

 

Space is also another problem to consider. Our videographers need space to move around subjects we are shooting, so please keep that in mind when choosing a place to do your morning prep. Bathrooms and small or dark bedrooms are not ideal. Living rooms or well-lit kitchens are fantastic.

 

Posted on March 3, 2016 .

TIPS for Clients

Suggestions for Better Videography & Photography

 Bride & Groom Getting Ready

 

               If possible, open all windows and blinds and keep all indoor lights off.  Natural light is much more friendly for video rather than indoor tungsten light bulbs.

 

               Avoid prep/makeup in bedrooms; they are usually too dark and cramped. Room to move around a subject is important for a more dynamic shooting style. 

 

               A good place to do shoot preparations is usually a dining room or living room. These areas tend to have more natural light from larger windows. Keep the area tidy and neat, as it will be reflected in the video.

 

NATURAL SUNLIGHT THROUGH WINDOWS IS KEY!

 

It’s best to shoot “real” prep activities that aren’t staged, especially for the video.  This can range from brushing teeth, applying makeup, getting dressed and everything in between.

 

Ceremony

               Most churches have PA systems that control the various microphones used by the church.  Recording from the PA produces the best quality audio; ask if this can be made possible for your videographer.  Also ask if your priest will allow us to mic him for better audio. This may not always be possible but it will make a significant difference,

 

    Park

               Parks are the most common choices for the post wedding photo shoot but there are less traditional locations that work just as well. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.  If you’re looking for possible locations we can provide a list of great spots in Toronto and across the GTA.

 

               The more time scheduled for the park/photo shoot the better. An hour is the bare minimum, for videography 1.5 - 2 hours is preferred.

 

      Reception

               Shooting style and the equipment used will change depending on the specific event being covered.

           

               These include entrances, first dance, speeches, cutting of the cake etc. It is therefore extremely important to provide a detailed (and accurate) itinerary of the reception events. An MC who can update the video team on any changes to the schedule (weddings usually run late) is always a must.

 

    The DJ

               As in the church, recording audio from the DJ’s soundboard provides the cleanest recording for the video.

 

               Check to make sure your DJ will allow us to plug into their mixer. Videographers and DJ’s work together during the reception so pick your DJ carefully and inform them that there will be a videographer.

 

               The DJ or hall may have lighting options such as spotlights and overall mood lighting or effects lighting. If this can be incorporated in your budget, it’s worth it. It will visually improve the videography and photography. 

Posted on March 1, 2016 .

Specialty (non - wedding) Coverage we offer!

Specialty Video Coverage

  • Wedding Engagement Parties
  • News and Television B-Roll footage
  • Birthday Parties
  • Anniversary Party
  • Sports demo reel coverage including college sport activities

 

Specialty Photography Coverage

  • Film production photography (Press Materials/Press Kits)
  • Newborn baby photography
  • Child Photography 2
  • Press Kit head-shots
  • Promotional photography
  • Real-estate Photography
  • Photo Journalistic Photography
Posted on February 5, 2016 .

Chinese Weddings / Traditional Weddings in Toronto

After Lithium's 5th Chinese wedding of 2015, we are becoming experts at the shooting and presentation of these types of celebrations and their specific traditions. 

From tea ceremonies to brides that love to torture the groomsmen, often with painful but always hysterical games and rights of passage before entering the brides home. 

One of our favourite things is shoot are traditional weddings from all around the world. Chinese weddings definitely fit the bill. 

Cheers to Linda & Greg - Congrats! 

Posted on September 27, 2015 .

Successful 2015 season so far

Lithium Cinema has had one of its most successful wedding seasons in our 7-year history!

With almost every weekend from March to October booked wehave been busy bees shooting weddings; both photography and videography all around Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Brampton and even one in New York.

With our new addition, Jeremy (our talented drone operator) we have had the opportunity to capture great areal footage of weddings not possible only a few years ago.

Our 2015 Toronto wedding videos will be some of the best and most cinematic of all, while still keeping our prices affordable to anyone who is interested in our wedding video services. 

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Posted on September 17, 2015 .

Double Wedding Video Weekend with Drone Footage

This weekend Lithium had a blast shooting 2 weddings on Saturday and Sunday. Jeremy, our professional drone operator did a fantastic job shooting spectacular video with his drone. At times is was so high in the air we could only see it as a dot in the sky.

Jeremy on the other hand, had joggles which let him see a POV shot of where the drone was, and how it was manoeuvring.   

Expect to see the footage soon!

Posted on August 11, 2015 .

Same Day Edits

A same day its is a prefect way to wow the guests at your wedding or event to recap the days funny or sometimes expected events that are sure to entertain your guests.

 

Posted on May 21, 2015 .

Drone Video Now Available!

In conjunction with Jeremy, our expert drone operator, we have teamed up to incorporate done (areal video) to our video gathering system. If you're looking for that extra cinematic look to set your wedding video apart from the rest, drone cinematography is a sure fire way to impress!

Here is a sample of LithiumCinema's Same Day Edits


Posted on May 21, 2015 .

2015 New offers and free Drone sky video

LithiumCinema has acquired a new drone camera system and we are offering free drone video for the first 3 booking of 2015. Check our our video samples page for some sample drone footage. This is a $800 offer absolutely free for the next three clients of the new year!

We are also offering free drone footage for the first three engagement shoots of 2015. Contact us soon as this offer won't last long.

- LithiumCinema

Posted on January 10, 2015 .