With the cost of weddings spiraling ever higher, many brides and grooms are eager to discover as many ways as possible to save money on their special day without losing out on quality. Whether you’re a relative or friend of the happy couple, or even just someone looking to make extra cash from their camcorder, it’s not out of the question that the opportunity to shoot a wedding video may arise. But how do you get professional results? Here is a quick and easy guide to a slick job at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional.
Preparation is key! Professionals do their research, and you should too. Most professionals offering wedding videography services will do one or both of the following things. Talk to the bride and groom. At the end of the day, however close you are to them, they are the “customers”, and what the want goes! If they have employed a wedding planner, consult them too, so that you know where you need to be and when, working yourself out a schedule for the day. Build up a list of shots and scenarios that the couple want included.
As the wedding approaches, get prepared. Don’t rely on yourself to remember everything – check things off on a list as you pack them. Have a good think about sundries as well the obvious (camera, tripod): batteries, spare tapes/cds, lens cleaning wipes – these are all things which could so easily be forgotten.
On the day, act professional! Get there early. Use your common sense, be polite and unobtrusive and do the very best job that you can. As for the filming itself, make sure you use a tripod during the ceremony. It’s the most serious part of the day and needs the shot to be ultra steady, with only minimal planning as necessary. As for the rest of the filming, slowly does it! Try and avoid in-and-out zooming – it’s a wedding, not a car chase, and will make the movie far too hectic.
Lastly, exercise organization and common sense in your editing process. It may seem time-consuming, but make sure you watch everything all the way through, making notes as you go. Make sure the sequence acts as a time-line for the day, and don’t forget to keep ALL film taken until the bride and groom have viewed and are happy with the final cut.