Wedding Videography

Quick Guide to the 3 Top Lenses for Wedding Video

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In the world of wedding videography, shooters are responsible for capturing all sorts of situations and styles. From product and beauty shots, to documentary style shooting, you have to be ready for everything.

Versatility is key.

One of the best ways to keep your system tidy and light is to prepare with the right lenses. There won’t be time to change a lens on a rig for every different shot.


These are the 3 Lenses we make sure to have ready when shooting weddings.

24-70MM

In many people’s opinion it is the go to versatile lens. It covers very useful lens lengths and usually available at decent apertures. Each of the major brands have a version of this lens so there are plenty of selections out there for your camera and mount type.

This lens is so good that some days it doesn’t actually leave my camera. It can be used at every step of a wedding day from the morning to the ceremony and even into the reception if your camera handles the lack of light well. This is definitely the first lens I recommend for people to pick up if you do any sort of wedding or commercial work.

The only draw back to this or any telephoto lens is the tendency to get a little lazy with moving around a scene. Instead of moving forward a little you can simply just zoom. While this is extremely handy in getting a shot lined up quick if you can’t get into position, don’t lose sight of the creativity that actually moving yourself can create.

All that aside definite must have lens.

70-200mm

The big brother to the 24-70mm. This lens covers the next round of longer focal lengths that provides a number of advantages during a wedding ceremony and reception.

This lens allows you to stay a little far back in situations were you need to be inconspicuous or there is less room to be in front.(which is always what we want).

For ceremonies you can be perched up somewhere while still getting all the details you need out of a shot. In the same sense for the enterances of the reception you can get all the facial expressions and plenty of detail while staying out of the way.

Some choose to use this lens during bridal prep but I find in more situations than not, it is too long. The only real downside is that you are really locked down to a tripod with this lens. It is heavy and even using it on a monopod at these focal lengths, you will still find that stability is an issue. So I do recommend only keeping this lens on a tripod for when you need to pull it out quick.

The other downside can be cost of this lens. Generally this lens can get pretty pricey especially if you look at Canon’s “L” version, but there are cheaper options out there and almost all of my gear is used, so that is a viable option as well.

50mm

The nifty fifty. The golden standard of prime lenses. If you are going to have a prime lens in your arsenal this is the one to choose. It is the best between of focal lengths that can be used in almost any situation. The major benefit, speed.

Most 50mm primes are going to have an aperture of f,1.8 or lower which means come reception time you can throw this lens on and finish the night in any low light situation.

Definitely still good for the daytime though. With the wide aperture you can get some AMAZING depth of field for detail shots or the general documentative shots throughout the day.


I hope this list gives you an idea of the 3 quintessential lenses you should consider for wedding video. I personally recommend the 24-70mm and the 50mm as the first starting points but once you add the 70-200mm in the mix you won’t go back

These lenses will allow you to capture every moment no matter what comes your way. Having to only carry 3 means you have less to keep track of and more time to get those shots.

What if any other lenses are essential to you? What are your favorite brands or models for each length? Let us know!

 

The First Look

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If you are planning your wedding, there is a good chance that you are getting an assortment of advice (some wanted and some not) about how you should plan your big day.  You may even get advice from parents or grand parents who will encourage you to plan your wedding exactly as they had.  Tradition, after all, is a very important thing.  There are many things that are different today from when your parents were married though.  In the days of the last generations, the common tradition was for the bride to be tucked away with her bridesmaids, she gets ready with the girls and the groom anxiously awaits the moment when he sees his bride for the first time at the altar.  It is, as you know, “bad luck” to see the bride on your wedding day before the wedding.  That is not, however, the only way to do things any more.  In fact, in this blog we will talk about the ever increasingly popular First Look.  I will attempt to answer the question “should I do a first look on my wedding day?”

If you aren’t sure what a First Look is, let me explain.  This is a moment when the groom can see the bride BEFORE the wedding ceremony.  It is a time for the big reveal.  He will see his soon-to-be bride for the first time, in her wedding dress, ready to go.  If you would like to see what a First Look is like, please feel free to view some of our sample videos on this website.  We have a multitude of videos that show just how emotional the First Look can be.  If you do watch these videos, you will see the raw emotion that comes out in such a fantastic and sincere way.  It is our job to capture this moment and it is much easier to do when you have control over the environment.  For your videographer and photographer, the First Look is amazing and can get you lots of great photos and video so that you can re-live that moment forever…but enough about my own selfish motivation for the First Look.  There is one major reason why we always advocate for a First Look.  Intimacy.  Rather than sharing a private and intimate moment with the person you have chosen to spend your life with in front of hundreds of staring people, the First Look offers an opportunity to spend quality time with one another in private.  Waiting at the altar is nerve wracking and walking down the aisle can be too.  Everyone you invited is staring and you wait in anticipation.  When you arrive at the altar, you have less than a minute to soak in the moment and tell each other what you think, what you’re feeling, how you think they look etc.  After that brief moment, you are off to the races and engaged in the ceremony.  When you engage in the First Look, you are able to spend quality time with one another and all of the stress and anxiety melt away.  When it comes time to walk the aisle or wait in front of the church, the anxiety is gone, your nerves will calm and you can enjoy the ceremony together.  You already shared a special moment with that one person you love so much.  That moment is yours and yours alone.  You don’t have to share it with everyone in your extended family.

If tradition is important to you and you don’t think you can bring yourself to use this modern method of the First Look, we have another idea for you.  The First Look does not have to be solely between the bride and groom.  The bride can do a first look with her father, mother or anyone else who is important to them BEFORE the ceremony.  This not only helps relieve some of the tension and calms the nerves, but it is also a special moment between the bride and people who are important to her.  Some of the best First Looks we have done have been with a bride and her father.  You have no idea how many weeping dads we have filmed over the years.  These moments are intimate and create a memory that lasts forever.  Your father gets to see his little girl as beautiful as can be one last time before he gives her away.  Having the First Look like this before the ceremony is not only a magical moment, it relieves the anxiety of having that moment and getting emotional just seconds before you walk down the aisle.

Having a First Look is definitely the way to go if you haven’t yet made up your mind.  Share those important moments with someone you love in an intimate setting so that you can forge a memory that will last forever.

Unplugged Weddings

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Weddings are joyous occasions meant to celebrate a beautiful moment between two people. Imagine yourself waiting for all of your guests to arrive and the suspense as you are just moments away from walking down the aisle to marry the person you love. Your soon-to-be better half is waiting in anticipation, nervously to see you. The guests wait as you prepare to reveal yourself for the first time to everyone and make your grand entrance with your father or person who will be escorting you to the one you love the most. You cannot wait until the moment comes. Finally, the doors open and you cant wait to see…an ocean of cell phones.

These days almost everyone has a smart phone. I cannot tell you how many weddings I’ve been to where special moments are ruined by iPads, cameras, cell phones and the like. Guests will encroach into the aisle, elbow one another out of the way and muscle each other around to get that perfect shot with their grainy electronic device. There are two major problems with this. Firstly, nothing can ruin a special moment more than being violated by a multitude of devices in your face. Secondly, professional photographers and videographers are expensive and their work cannot be done well with this obstacle in the way.

Live in the moment. Smart phones and digital devices are great, but everything has its place. By viewing such a magnificent moment through a screen, many people miss out on living the experience in real time. It is also distracting to the bride, the groom, and the professionals they hired. I’m sure everyone will be ecstatic that Uncle Tom got his great, center aisle shot of the bride coming down, but do you think she is hoping to see Uncle Tom as she approaches, or perhaps her fiance? If only he had brought his selfie stick to shove in her face as she was walking.

Brides also pay a lot of money to have professional photos and video taken so that they can re-live the day. Do you really want to see this ruined by Aunt Cathy standing in front of the cameras you paid to be there? Maybe if she gets that grainy iPad shot of the first kiss, it will make up for it…unless the photographer misses it because she is in the way. Professional photo and video is expensive. Don’t let be for naught.

So what can be done about this every growing smart phone dilemma? Try having an UNPLUGGED WEDDING. Many people are doing this now and encouraging guests to live in the moment with them by putting their phones and devices away. You can always offer guests copies of the professional photos and video afterwards to encourage them to live with you in that special time. By doing this, you make your day more intimate and also save yourself heart ache by having the best photos and video possible. There are many examples out there of UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS including signage and how to go about executing it. If you still are unsure whether to have an unplugged wedding or not, take a look at the photos in the link below. These are photos from weddings that were not unplugged. When it comes down to it, you must make the decision that is right for you, but as long as you hired top rated photographers and videographers, there is nothing to worry about.

23 WEDDING PHOTOS RUINED BY CAMERA PHONES

Epic wedding trailer

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I’d say “epic” is a very fitting word for this wedding trailer from Major Diamond Productions.

The video below is a “save the date” for a West Coast couple. When you really think about it, what is a movie trailer if not a “save the date” for the movie itself?

Well, if their families weren’t excited for their upcoming nuptials before the “save the date” arrived, they must really be excited now.

I mean, a helicopter? Awesome!

SEE IT: San Francisco Couple go ALL OUT [via New York Daily News]