What about VIDEOGRAPHY?
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. A
pro can provider more reliable, better video with
better sound, than most amateurs can.
(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
will 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 DIM candle-lit
ceremony? Possibly NO video camera
can provide satisfactory results. So discuss your
ceremony plans with your videographer before you
hire him, whether his camera can handle your dim
ceremony, or whether he'll need to boost the light
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 (the
minister's speech and your vows) from a
distance. For that reason most videographers will
use a wireless microphone on the church altar or on
the groom's lapel. Make sure he has wireless mic's
Some videographers will use a LAPEL microphone,
which dose work OK technically. BUT the groom who
wears the lapel mic has to watch what he says!
Lapel mic's will pick up embarrassing slips of the
tongue. So ask this: Can your video person
edit the sound afterwards to skip any
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 the
video lens -- the lens can't see through them. Good
videographers add a second camera angle to switch
to when that happens.
Even when the video camera angle was set up
carefully at the rehearsal, it doesn't help.
Because at the actual ceremony people won't stand
where you expected, they will always move 12 inches
to the left 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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See some of Doug's most
recent wedding photos