Hiring professionals is an option
Some people think that hiring wedding videographers and photographers is the way to get professionally-made videos and photos. In reality, it’s easy to duplicate their techniques without having to duplicate their technology. Sometimes, most videographers work with basic camcorders or DSLRs but still end up with the most amazing shots and videos. It is important to note that if you really want to do the videos all by yourself, you have to spend a little money on buying camera equipment and the best movie editing software that money can buy. Although, if you opt for this road, you’re better off hiring a professional if you think you’re going to be using thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment rarely.
However, it is still not a guarantee that you’ll have a professional-looking video even if you have all the professional-grade equipment.
Tips and tricks for DIY wedding videography
1.) Equipment – Equipment is important. One does not simply make use of an ordinary camcorder and start recording videos from scratch. If you fancy DIY wedding videography, you have to spend money on buying a better camera, like an HD camera. The reason why I suggested an HD camera is that even if you’re not planning to release an HD quality video, the important thing here is that the raw shots are of high quality. Apart from the camera, you’d need to purchase reflectors, monopods and tripods, battery packs, and a microphone. These are just the basic accessories that would make every shot look awesome.
2.) Be prepared – It’s always a good idea to scout the location prior to the wedding date, like a week or so. This is to orient yourself with the possible angling and positions that you can make use of your set-up. You can also plan ahead on where and how to get the best wedding shots, like the dance of the bride and groom. Some videographers also use this opportunity to look for places where they can elevate themselves, like a column or a balcony or even a tree.
3.) Capturing the essence 2 worlds – The wedding ceremony and reception are two separate worlds that the videographer must try to capture. It’s important that you try to make a flawless transition between these two worlds by capturing the essence; the solemnity of the ceremony and the joyous celebration of the reception. When you capture the essence, you capture the entire theme of the world and it’s the magic that would add to the professional touch of your videos.
4.) Go for candid – Some of the best shots are often those that are candid or unplanned. Wedding photographers try their hardest to get the best wedding shot, like 1 out of every 100 photos would turn out awesome. The same thing can be applied for wedding videographers. Sometimes, you just have to turn on your camera when your instinct tells you.
Wedding videography can be challenging, but it will provide you with rewards for your efforts