When you’re drawing up your budgetary plans for your wedding, you might be tempted to skimp on what you spend on your videographer. After all, you figure, couldn’t uncle Bob do it? After all, he’s got a reputation as quite the videographer in the family and he’s certainly bored everyone to death talking about movie making and how good his recording equipment is! Well, heres some news. You really do need to find a professional wedding videographer. Lets look at the reasons why.
The reason most of us believe that making good movies is an easy thing thing is that today’s digital cameras are perfectly capable of taking first-class professional-quality footage under certain favorable conditions. This never used to be the way when everyone was restricted to an old 8mm cine cameras or super 8 video.
However, the problem is that at a wedding, the lighting is always far from perfect. There is the lighting in the church to think about, there is (hopefully) sunlight, there are candles, there are bright, white garments and there are all the shadows of the interiors of the church. Unfortunately, even the best-equipped digital video cameras can’t do a whole lot in these circumstances without an expert videographer at the controls.
Of course you don’t have to find a wedding videographer if uncle Bob knows all about lighting and knows when the perfect shot is about to happen because of his vast experience but, lets face it. that usually isn’t the case. A professional wedding videographer needs to be part of the scenery – in other words he (or she!) needs to be unobtrusive. That’s how the videographer can manage to capture great shots as and when they happen.
To find a wedding videographer who’s truly professional, you need someone who already has a portfolio. That’s how you get to know what kind of style they have. These days, just relying on a friend’s recommendation simply will not do. Why? Well, because people happen to have different tastes ranging from traditional to the ultra-contemporary.
Most pro wedding videographers will offer you a choice of different packages. Each package will include a different kind of setup for the bride’s family and the groom’s family, close in shots for some of the more important relatives, and a few outdoor shots at the wedding venue and the reception and so on. Be sure to make a note of what each videographer you come across charges for the kind of package you need, and make sure that your package includes the raw and processed digital files – preferably via a cloud-based internet service.
What you’re looking for in a wedding videographer is more than just professionalism …