I may of mentioned how excited we photographers and videographers get when we produce the ‘Bokeh’ effect, but equally we love it when we have good lighting- without it, we are in trouble!!
So we are always looking for the best positions to take advantage of the natural light outside and inside. But sometimes there simply not enough of it and that’s when extra lights come into the fold.
We use LED lights for video, usually during the evening for the party, and sometimes for photography when we want to create that nice atmospheric look.
While lights are necessary, we hate to be over powering with them – no one wants to feel they are under the spot light!
You will often hear how the wedding day just seems to go so quickly for the wedding couple. One minute your anxiously putting your shoes on in the morning, then you blink, and you’re wearily taking them off!
Well you may be surprised to hear, the same applies to us photographers and videographers.There never seems to be enough time to get all the shots we hoped and planned for. So to help remedy this, we, as a team, often use the following 2 strategies:
- we record simultaneously in 2 locations, i.e brides and grooms preparations, or group shots and wedding breakfast details.
- we share the responsibly of moving equipment between locations so that one photographer and videographer can also continue filming without delay.
I know I’m bound to say this given our niche, but I genuinely love working as part of a team -just about everything is better!
For a start, we are all working from the same song sheet, we know what each other’s roles are, and chat together to decide the best positions during the ceremony, speeches, dancing etc.
Secondly we share the task of moving equipment between locations.
Thirdly we share equipment, such as cameras lenses and lights.
Fourthly we can record at two locations simultaneously. This is especially useful when both Bride and groom preparations are required simultaneously.
Quite often you will find photographers and videographers competing for the best shooting positions or simply ‘downing tools’ because they can’t share the same shots. At the Finishing Touch, we simply compliment each other’s skill sets and work as one entity to capture the day wholly and seamlessly.
This is an interesting one.. Wouldn’t it be lovely to here all the ‘Goss’ your guests and friends are talking about on your wedding day!
I’ve had some guests in the past (not many I can assure you), ask me if, nay begged me, to delete an indiscreet conversation they were having, before realising they were on camera!
I always try to reassure them by saying, “don’t worry, I didn’t hear you, and there will be music dubbed over you anyway- so no one will ever know”
This doesn’t happen very often, because in order to film people chatting and looking relaxed on camera, we need to film from a distance using our wonderful zoom lenses. So conversations are normally more background chatter and not actual full length conversations.
Even if, for some reason I was close to some guests chatting, but filming someone else at a distance, we would never hear the whole conversation because we never stay in one position long enough to catch the gossip.
So, while it may be frustrating that you can’t hear the conversations, its with good reason that I dub over them with music!
How long is a piece of string!
It varies from wedding to wedding depending on the length of the ceremony, entertainment, speeches and evening dancing, but an average can be anywhere between 90 – 120 minutes for a civil/church wedding and 180 -240 minutes for Asian and greek weddings.