Top wedding videographer, Jeff Wood, reveals his top tips for filming The Big Day
Whether you are doing it for a friend, or a professional, shooting a wedding video can be a daunting task. It isn’t like you can ask ‘can we just go back and do that again, please?’ So it is vital you get it right and are well versed in how to shoot a wedding video.
We recently attended a wedding videography workshop, where we got to try shooting a fake wedding in 4K using the Sony AXP33 4K HandyCam. The workshop was led by wedding videographer, Jeff Wood (http://www.jeffwoodvisuals.com) were he revealed some top tips for shooting wedding videos.
Don’t Shoot a Home Movie and Practice with Still Images
As tempting as it may be to simply holding the camera for an entire day and end up with hours of footage following the bride and groom around it won’t make for a great video.
‘Don’t shoot a wedding like you would a home movie. Think about how you are going to build your story. Do short clips lengths – 3-5 seconds,’ says Jeff and he advises practicing by editing a short film of still images of your holiday. Think how you can use these still images to tell your story, then translate this to video footage.
‘Shoot everything at three different angles,’ says Jeff. If you see something interesting find a few different ways to record it. When editing this will allow you to cut between the different angles. Jeff also advised looking for good alternative views, shooting through flowers, reflections in mirrors, or windows, basically using out of focus foreground objects to add a sense of depth in the scene.
When we are used to watching 3mins YouTube videos there is no way people will manage to stay awake watching hours and hours of a wedding video. Jeff advices keeping in short enough that the happy couple and their friends and family won’t get bored. ‘My final edited videos tend to only be between 10-25mins – long enough to get all of the important details’.
4K and The Future
Whilst the obvious advantage of 4K is the increased resolution, Jeff also pointed out that ‘all of the colour information [when shooting 4K] is what helps make the footage look great, especially when you compress that 4K footage down to a more standard HD resolution. It also enables you to shoot slightly wider and then crop in to the frame afterwards’.
Whilst not everyone may have a 4K enabled television now, within a few years they will be the norm. This means that you should start recording those important moments in your life in 4k now. That way they will still look there best when you watch them on a 4K TV in a few years time.
‘I tend to do two passes when editing. I throw it all together in half a day, as fast as I can, and then I spend another couple of days editing the final version,’ says Jeff. However the key to editing is to enjoy it. ‘You have to have fun whilst editing, otherwise it will show in the final edit’.
Although many bemoan the processing power needed for editing 4K footage, Jeff just uses a MacBook Pro ‘it works absolutely fine,’ he says. ‘I tend not to apply colour effects. Most of those looks date so quickly. If anything, I go for a classic film look, but really I only ever really colour grade to correct mistakes’.
How you finish your video is vital as it is what the audience will be left with. ‘End on the biggest message from the groom to the bride. That is the key. I think of the whole film, as a message from the groom to the bride.’