Submitted by Mark Thomas Pro Photo
In the past, wedding video has been something that were not easily justified for a wedding. Most wedding videos were shot with one camera and very basic editing was applied. The result was a video that most people could only sit through once and most friends and family would squirm uncomfortably waiting for it to be over.
Wow how times have changed! Wedding video has become an art form that ranks right up there with beautiful wedding photos. Professional videographers have many more resources available today to produce cinematic quality productions.
Multiple cameras can offer many different angles and cover much more detail. When the footage from multiple cameras is edited together you can see just how dramatic video can be. With multiple perspectives you can see reactions from the bride, the groom and also the guests. As with movies, video is much easier to watch if the shots are steady and move smoothly. Steady cam devices and tripods are crucial to a cinematic video.
Story telling makes a huge difference in video production from years past. Rather than a straight forward coverage of your event you get an artistic adaptation of your entire day. Incorporating detail shots and artistic angles and movement make the story move more fluidly. Effects and music bring out the emotional feel of the day and also drive the story forward.
How does video differ from photos? With photos you get a visual representation of a moment in time. With video there are many elements that impact emotion, including:
- Movement: The way a videographer can use the camera to reveal or pan across a scene or slow zoom to direct your eyes to the subject.
- Sound: A musical score can be edited with the video footage to invoke the desired emotion. Actually hearing and reliving your vows, toasts and speeches and loved ones narrating moments that impacted them during the day along with special effects, color effects, B&W effects, slow motion are a few tools used to also draw on your emotions.
We live in a visual world. With technology video has become one of the most popular trends on the internet. Sites like YouTube and Vimeo allow people to share their special day with friends and family around the world and with the right kind of video editing they won’t be squirming wishing it was over.