Isn’t it sad when something takes months, even years to prepare, but no longer than a few fleeting moments to pass? There’s only one “special day” in your life, and you should be able to remember it as vividly as possible, right? That’s why no wedding ceremony should be left unrecorded, and why you need to be the best person for that job. However seemingly complicated, wedding videography can turn into a successful DIY project as well, but only if you follow these 5 simple steps.
- Get Familiar with Your Camera
Aesthetically speaking, nuptials are so much more than sparkling white wonderlands with occasional pops of pink and splashes of peach. Whether it comes to intricate lace of the bride’s gown or to fine checked pattern on the groom’s handkerchief, the most elegant weddings are all about subtle details that make them special, sophisticated, and stunning.
But, you still don’t need a professional camera to catch all of them. As long as you know how to make the best out of your equipment, you can feel free to use a traditional video camcorder, DSLR or a smartphone. Be sure to get really familiar with your camera, though. Study the manual again, practice and experiment before the big day comes and remember to visit the venue.
- Communicate with Lovebirds and Consult with Photographer
Don’t forget to consult with the soon-to-be-married couple! Arrange a quick meeting at the venue and fast forward through the entire celebration. In order to plan out your own course of action for the day, you need to know if there’s anything specific that the lovebirds want you to capture.
There might be a special surprise, a choreographed dance, or a detail of particular significance that deserves a distinct place on the film, but newlyweds might be too overwhelmed to remember, so be sure to ask them the right questions. Also, work side by side with a photographer. You’ll need to shoot from different positions to get the utmost coverage and avoid photo-bombing each other.
- Be Quick, But Still
In addition to the ceremony, a good wedding video should reveal a behind the curtains story as well. That means that you’ll need to find a way of filming in a tight, cramped bridal room, but still catching all of those last little moments of anticipation and excitement.
Also, this calls for super-light-weight equipment that’s suitable for all kinds of support platforms, be that a tripod, a monopod, or a slidecam. Be prepared to follow newlyweds wherever they are – you’ll be doing a lot of running around, so pack only the essentials. A camera, two lenses, additional batteries and an extra memory card will be just enough.
- Pay Attention to Sound and Prepare for Nightlight
Weddings are all about that climactic “I Do” moment, which is why your camera has to be able to catch high-quality sound. In case you need to settle for anything else, bring a couple of external sound recorders, arrive very early and scatter them around. Never pressure the bride and groom into wearing a microphone, but do your best to find another solution that works.
Discuss your plans with the wedding band or DJ, and see if you can plug your equipment into their sound board for better audio. If there’s any part of the wedding that’s scheduled for after the night falls, bring additional lights and install them so that they don’t kill the romantic candle-lit atmosphere.
- Always Film with Editing in Mind
While recording a wedding day can be quite a feat, editing a video is usually less complicated. Effective video editing services are all around, but in case you’ll be doing that too on your own, make sure to have as much B-rolls as you can possibly get without compromising the quality of the main story.
It’s always good to have an additional camera to cover all those long, still shots of guests arriving to the ceremony, since you can later use them for montage. Furthermore, it’s a great way of making sure that you’ve recorded absolutely everything, however insignificant it may seem at the moment.
And, that’s pretty much all you need. If the sound is good, nightlights in place and tripod ready, your rooky recording equipment will be just powerful enough to capture the magic.
From a special guest: Helen Clark