Are you planning to take videos of a wedding anytime soon? Will it be your first time to do it? Well, if you are doing it for the first time, then you will need helpful advice and tips from the experts. Here are some of the tips we have gathered from the professional videographers we have talked to.
Bring the right and necessary gear
When covering a wedding as a videographer, you need to bring the right equipment. There are video equipment that are affordable while there are high-end camcorders that offer sharper images and special features. A basic camcorder will do just fine as long as you study how to use it. Aside from the camcorder, you also need to bring a remote microphone, audio recorder, and external light source. Keep them inside a camera bag that is not too big so it won’t be difficult to move around.
Check if the audio is working
Make sure that the external microphone attached to your camcorder or digital camera for video is working. Check also that the audio recorder is working and that it can really pick up sounds. Do the checking at least a day or two before the wedding so you can still fix any problem there might be.
Discuss all the details with the client
You have to know all the important details of the wedding. When will the wedding start? What parts does your client expect to get recorded? What is the wedding theme or setup? Where is the exact location? You must get all important and correct information so there will be no misunderstanding or misinformation. Be open also to suggestions or requests from your clients. As long as the request is reasonable, then go ahead and oblige with it.
Get an assistant
Try to get an assistant to help you during the wedding. He/she can help carry or secure your things so you have fewer items to carry. The assistant can also hold or use the spare camera or camcorder so more moments can be covered during the wedding.
Befriend the photographer
It would be best if you are friends with the photographer reading so you can plan together what to shoot or cover and where to position yourselves to avoid blocking each other’s line of sight.
Learn to handle low light situations
Depending on the location, you might encounter a low light situation that requires you to apply techniques to get the light you need. If you are expecting an indoor venue with possible low light, you need to use an external light source or adjust your camcorder or DSLR for video so more light can get in and your subject will be visible in the video. Even our Manchester Wedding Photographer always prepares for possible low light shooting.
Remember to include the guests
You might get too focused on the couple that you forget to include the guests in your video. Keep in mind that the couple would love to see their dear guests in the video so make sure to include them when shooting. Do not forget also to take a video of the bride walking down the aisle to her groom. This is one of the most important moments of the wedding, hence make sure that the bride is within your sight at that time so you get a good shot of her.
Prepare for the worst
No matter how you prepare, there are really times when something may go wrong. You can counter any possible problems though thinking what could possibly go wrong during the coverage. The weather might present some problems especially if it is an outdoor wedding. Be prepared for the rain or storm. Secure your things, wear the right clothes and bring some cover to avoid getting wet. Bring also an extra camera to use for taking other parts of the wedding as well as a backup in case your primary video equipment malfunctions.