Wedding videography. What does come into your mind when you hear these words? If you’re getting married, then it’s one of the things that you’d want on your Big Day. However, for most people, hiring a professional videographer is just not part of the budget. Gladly, with the advancements in our technology these days, DIY wedding videography can be easy.
You might be doubting me right now, and I don’t blame you. Most people think that taking the video yourself or getting a friend or relative to do it is a recipe for disaster. You may end up having a really crappy video or no actual video at all. But lo and behold, there are plenty of ways on how someone with no prior experience can make an awesome wedding video. All you need to do is follow these tips on DIY wedding videography.
DIY Wedding Videography For Dummies
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Assign a specific person to be the wedding videographer.
You should assign a specific person to your official wedding videographer. Make sure that it’s clear to everyone involved that your designated videographer is the only one to do the job. Even if you’re going to ask a friend or relative, make sure it’s clear to everyone that they’re the assigned videographer.
Talk to the designated, make them feel empowered, not pressured or scared. Tell them that even if you want a good wedding video, they’re not making an award-winning movie.
If you think that one person is not enough to do the job, then designate one person for each part of your wedding ceremony. You can assign one person for the wedding rehearsal, another for the wedding march, and another for the wedding vows. Dividing the duties among people who are willing to help can greatly help not only you but also the people helping you.
Make use of all the devices that you can get your hands on.
You don’t need to use any expensive video cameras to capture your wedding. In fact, you can use smartphones, tablets, or even a regular video camcorder. You may not know this but there are even people who use their laptop cameras. Yes, you’ve read it right: laptop cameras!
You don’t need to have an expensive camera just to shot an awesome wedding video. Sure, an expensive video camera would help, but it’s not the most important element.
Remember that what’s important is that at the end of the day your wedding is filmed.
Never forget to have a tripod.
No matter what kind of camera you’ll be using, you should never forget to have a tripod. It’s one of your absolute must-haves. Why? Well, the answer is simple, nobody enjoys a video that’s unstable, shaky, and can easily give you a motion sickness while watching.
A tripod is a staple equipment regardless of the type of camera you’re using to document the wedding day. Seriously, this is a very crucial tip in wedding videography. Handheld videos ruin the biggest scenes, and we mean every scene. Basically, handheld videos result in unstable and shaky videos and watching it gives motion sickness. Also, lengthy videos or videos longer than 45 seconds must be shot with a tripod. All you need is a cheap five-foot tripod and it’ll make your wedding video 160 percent more watchable. If you’re only using a smartphone, then you’ll need to purchase a proper mount, but it’ll be worth it. (See equipment notes by the end of this article). Don’t depend nor expect your friend to hold their phone up for seventeen minutes from their seat at the third row behind all the tall guests.
Remind the designated videographer to be cautious of their step.
The entrusted friend who’ll be doing the video must know that having a steady, usable footage is paramount. After all, they won’t be doing the cinematic and aesthetic editing of your wedding video. All they need to do is put their camera in the perfect spot that could capture what’s going on and ensure that it’s recording.
However, if they have experience or knowledge on how video cameras work, then they should know to move the camera as gentle as possible when filming. In the event that the subject moves around and out of the frame, then they must -sloooooowwwwwwly- follow them, zoom in and out. The ultimate goal here is to never move the camera at all. The camera must not move back and forth between people who are speaking, and there must be no attempts at anything that resembles an action shot. They should film like it’s “just the facts.”
Ensure that the photographer and videographer are in constant communication.
Since your friend won’t be moving so much when filming, they must not get in the way of the photographer. If you’ve contacted a professional photographer, then they can provide tips on the best areas where your friend can set up their camera.
This way, your photographer, and your friend can stay out of each other’s way when documenting your wedding day. Ideally, your photographer will be working with your friend as if they’re on the same team- because they are!
Position your friend/videographer where they can have easy access to everything.
Another thing worse than having shaky handheld videos is being unable to hear anything on the video. We would rather watch a bad video with good audio, rather than watching a good video with terrible audio. To ensure that your camera picks up the sound and resembles good audio is to position your friend close enough that they can hear every person speaking.
However, if the subject is talking with a microphone that’s blasting through the speakers, then the camera can be positioned farther from the action. If your friend can hear the person clearly, then most likely, the camera can pick up the sound too.
Make sure to record everything.
Record everything from the beginning of the ceremony and don’t stop until the ceremony is over. Likewise, record as the first dance begins and never stop until thirty seconds after the dance is over. Do this to all scenes that must be filmed. What you need are complete scenes of each even from the beginning until the end. There must be no cuts in the middle, nor missing scenes. Keep on recording even if the camera must move to a better position. It is better to have a continuous take with minimal indistinct movements rather than missing an important scene. This also makes the editing process so much easier.
If your friend was able to completely record every exciting event at the wedding, then the editing process becomes ridiculously super easy. Wedding ceremony? Toasts, cake cutting, tossing of the bouquet? All there is to do is deciding when to fade in and fade out. You can also decide when to start, cut, or stop a specific clip. Also, since everything is in just one clip, you don’t have to line up audio and overlap multiple clips together to create a usable shot. Basically, you just need to decide when or how to start and end the video. If you’re using Instagram or Snapchat, then you’re probably familiar with this type of video editing.
SIMPLE GEARS ALWAYS BETTER. HERE ARE A FEW BASIC TIPS:
- A tripod of at least 5” tall
- A mobile phone tripod mount
- Video light, or a strong wide-beam flashlight for when things get dark. On the other hand, make sure that everyone is standing in a well-lit setting.
- The mobile battery pack or extra batteries
- iMovie or Windows Movie Maker for simple, free, and easy video editing. You can create DVDs from that editing software.
Why Should You Take Videos At Your Wedding?
Whether you want to record your ceremony or not, there are various reasons to have a wedding video. There are plenty of amazing speeches and messages about love and joy at weddings from family and friends. Some of those may no longer be with you in a few years time. Sometimes, photography cannot record the same aspect as video footage because it preserves the moment for playback. So, if you want a wedding video, construct a plan. Expensive artistic videos are a good idea, but remembering those tearful speeches and messages forever will be priceless.