Tips for Better Videography & Photography
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Above all, it is extremely important to provide a detailed, (and accurate) itinerary of the days events.
Bride & Groom Getting Ready
· Open all windows and blinds; keep all indoor lights off if possible. Natural light is preferred.
· Space to move around a subject is important for dynamic shooting. Large rooms/areas with windows are best for prepping, makeup etc.
· Keep the area tidy and neat!
· It’s always better to shoot, “real” prep activities that aren’t staged, especially for video.
· Most venues have PA systems that control the various microphones used by the venue.
· Recording from the PA produces the best quality audio. Please ask if this can be made possible for your videographer. The venue may have an audio technician.
The Photo Shoot
· Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, use Google to find interesting spots!
· 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.
· Keep a second indoor location in mind incase of rain.
· An itinerary for the reception is very helpful as we need time to prepare for each event, (entrances, first dance, bouquet toss etc.,)
· An MC who can update the video team on any changes to the schedule (weddings usually run late) is always helpful.
· As in the church, recording audio from the DJ’s soundboard provides the cleanest recording
The DJ, Sound & Hall Lighting
· As in the church, recording audio from the DJ’s soundboard provides the cleanest audio recording
· Let you DJ know you will have videographers that will need to plug into their system to record the reception audio.
Hall mood lighting, spotlights, or DJ dance lighting can help with dynamic cinematography. Hall lighting will improve the overall cinematic look during the reception.
Videography vs Photography Challenges
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, Most professional videographers need to work with at least one other person not only for shooting a second camera but also logistics.
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, (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.