What about VIDEOGRAPHY?
Wedding video is a great thing to have. I
highly recommend it. For best results there
are four technical questions you should discuss
with videographers before you hire one.
Amateur video is better than no video at all. If
you can afford a video pro, a pro can provider more
reliable, better video with better sound, than most
(or "digital rights
This is the most important question of all. Some
video discs are designed so you can't copy them.
It's so you'll purchase extra copies,
generating more income for the video company.
The problem is: You won't be able to
digitally "refresh" your copies when your
DVD's start to fade or when video formats become
obsolete. Some day your "protected" video
may become impossible to view.
You plan to show your wedding video to
future children & grandchildren,
right? So you should choose a
videographer who agrees not to use copy
The bottom line is all video discs
WILL fade over time and need to be "refreshed"
by re-copying onto brand new materials. See our
special web page about how long digital discs are
expected to last, and how to improve their life
Are you planning a candle-lit ceremony with dim
lighting? Low light is a problem for
many video cameras. So discuss your ceremony plans
with your videographer before you hire him, whether
his camera can handle your dimly lit ceremony, or
whether he'll need to boost the light level.
It is normal for both video & still
cameras to need extra light during the
processional --- when the bride and
bridesmaids are walking up the aisle --- because
people are moving. Otherwise those pictures will
come out blurry.
above: To avoid a blur, videographers and
photographers may need to add artificial light when
the wedding party is IN MOTION.
It's hard to pick up spoken words (your vows and
the minister's speech) from a distance. For
that reason most videographers will use a
wireless microphone to place it closer to
the action. Often it's clipped to the groom's
lapel. Make sure your videographer has wireless
mic's to use.
Wireless lapel mic'swork OK technically. HOWEVER
the groom who wears the lapel mic will need to
watch what he says! Lapel mic's pick up every
embarrassing slip of the tongue. So ask
this: Can your video person edit the sound
afterwards to delete any embarrassing
Fourth: How many
I recommend TWO cameras for the ceremony (some
professionals use three cameras which is also
cool.) For the reception one camera is okay.
The reason you need two cameras for a ceremony,
is people keep walking in front of your video lens.
So you need a second camera angle for when that
Even when the video camera angle is set up
carefully at the rehearsal, it doesn't help.
Because during the actual ceremony people won't
stand where you expected, they will always move
over 12 inches so they can stand in front of the
video lens. Trust me on this.
We always cooperate 100% with your
videographer, whether amateur or professional.
Doug does not
perform videography himself any more. Early in his
career Doug shot wedding video, but concluded he
needed to specialize his skills
& equipment on still photography alone, to
do that with excellence.
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