WEDDING VIDEOS - WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY
HOW TO SELECT A WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER
Wedding videos have become an increasingly popular option for capturing the special moments of your very special wedding day. Current digital video technology allows you to capture still wedding photographs from a digital wedding video that would normally be missed. Plus, you have the ability to transfer your digital wedding video to CD or DVD. A variety of creative post-editing options are also available including titles, music and special effects that can help to create an entertaining wedding video that captures the most important moments of your wedding with the look of broadcast quality TV! The videos and photos of your wedding are both areas where you should always hire the best that your budget will allow.
WHEN TO START LOOKING
WHERE TO START LOOKING
HOW TO START LOOKING
Once you have received the brochures and pricing information pull out your notes and compare the information you have to determine which videographers seem to offer the best services and the overall best value. These are the wedding videographers that you will want to visit so can make a final selection.
When you meet with the videographers you will want to speak to the person who would be taping the video your wedding and you will want to see examples of their work. Keep in mind that some videography services hire a number of videographers to do the taping and show you samples of only the best work - which may not be by the specific videographer you are speaking to.
Some videographers offer different packages with different time limits on the onsite video taping while some simply charge for time spent taping and editing the wedding video.
Here are some options to consider;
Raw Footage -
Edited In Camera -
Wedding Documentary -
Wedding Highlights -
Custom Post-Editing -
When you view the videographer's samples, look carefully at the quality. Note the lighting, the colors, the camera angles, whether the image is steady or shaking and the clarity of the sound. If special effects are used, notice whether the effects and transitions are smooth and seamless. Take note of the general style and whether the shots look uncomfortable and posed or relaxed and natural.
Looking at the videographer's sample tapes and having a thorough conversation with the videoographer will help you determine if his/her style will match your expectations. Remember, personality is also an important factor in the selection of a videographer since he/she will be interacting with you and your wedding guests throughout the ceremony and reception. If they appear to have a manner or an attitude that you think will not mesh with you and your guests, go somewhere else.
During your conversations with the videographers you should explain what types of scenes and the style of video that you are most interested in and find out what he/she recommends. Also, outline the "must have" scenes that you have in mind.
In addition to experience, the type of equipment is vitally important to the overall quality of your wedding video. Have the videographer explain to you the types of equipment that they use - both for taping and for editing. For example, modern cameras that can record in low level light are important and for the best audio quality during the taping of the ceremony a wireless microphone is recommended. Also, if the videographer offers no editing or only "in camera" editing we would recommend looking elsewhere.
Following are a few "smart" questions that you may want to ask the videographer;
How many years of experience do they have
as a videographer?
How many weddings do they shoot
How many hours does he/she
expect to be on site taping?
How long before the
wedding ceremony is the videographer on site?
Do they attend the
Have they ever shot a
video at the wedding ceremony location or the wedding reception venue? If
not, will they be visiting the locations before the wedding day?
wedding videographer ever shoot more
than one wedding on the same day?
videographer you are speaking to actually be shooting your video?
What equipment does the videographer provide?
What do they bring as backup equipment in case of equipment failure?
Do they use more than
one camera simultaneously to get different camera angles during the ceremony?
How do they dress
when they tape weddings?
How am I charged?
Depending upon the selected option, what will the total cost be and what exactly will it include?
How is overtime
charged (if applicable)? If so, get
the cost schedule in writing.
If the videographer retains the master, how much does it cost to obtain copies in the future? Get the cost in writing.
Does the videographer do the post-editing in house or is it contracted out to someone else? Keep in mind that if they contract it out to someone else, you can take the raw footage to someone else for editing just a easily and probably save money.
Does the videographer
have the ability to copy the video to CD or DVD?
Can the videographer make
selected photos from the either the raw footage video or the edited video at a
Does the videographer
have any recent references or letters of recommendation from wedding clients that he/she can share
Do they have a cancellation policy?
Do they offer a guarantee?
For added protection, paying with a credit card is not a bad idea either since it can give you significantly more leverage than when paying by cash or check should something go wrong.
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