How To Best Capture A Wedding Video?

There is a lot more to capturing a wedding than just setting up a camera and adding film to it. If you want to fly off to your honeymoon knowing that your wedding video will turn out to be great then make sure that you keep the expert tips below in mind.

Starting a marathon session

Hiring a videographer to cover your wedding takes a bit of work, you will need to scope out all the potential videographers’ work from past weddings. You need to look beyond the Groundhog Day type similarities in these videos and focus on the various ways in which videographers have captured emotional reactions. Make note of the colors, mood and the lighting used by the videographer, this is something that you should also take note of if you’re watching someone else’s video. If you like what you see you can actually ask the one you end up hiring to use the same techniques. Before you hire make sure to also supply the videographer with photos of VIPs at your wedding so that they do not need to be pointed out on that day.

Dialogue decisions

Filming videos is one thing but the original audio is something totally different, so this is something you really need to discuss with the videographer that you work with. Some videographers may decide not to record audio, they then over lay the video with music and text or perhaps small snippets from a few parts of the event. However, if you are really hung up over getting audio then make sure that speak to the videographer you are will hire about it.

Realistic run time

Today, the attention span of most people has been shortened to just a few minutes. Some people even have an attention span of a few seconds, so the videographer should be able to zero in on moments that instantly tell an emotional story of the special day. Special moments like kissing the bride, the expressions on the parents face etc. are all important emotions that have to be captured.

You need the full effects

If you are looking for a special type of look like the one that resembles a 16 millimeter home movie or a Super 8, it will be done post production. This is something that your videographer needs to be really good at because adding these treatments using computer software can be a bit tricky. But at the same time you’ll also want the original HD video version of the Xtraordinary wedding video too.

Your music expectations

Mainly because of how media is sent nowadays and shared, you will not get away with a wedding video that has “Radiohead” playing without getting the band’s permission. So, all the music that is used needs to be licensed. But at times finding something that is similar on various websites that are designed to help you find free to use music is a good way to start.

Coordinating with the camera crew

Both photographers and videographers are often pretty used to working with each other, they also cooperate well without getting in each other’s ways. But you will benefit greatly by putting the wedding video guy and the photographer in contact with each other early on. When they meet beforehand they may at times draw up a plan on how to go about capturing your wedding. Many times they may even know each other, so just a name will suffice.

Get the iPad version

There are many couples that just ask for an HD version of their video. However, if you are going to share the video electronically, then you should ask that the video be saved in around three standard formats i.e. HD for the television, a small MP4 file which is to be posted online, and one that can be used to email over to friends or family members or be played on a smartphone usually a .3gp format.

Ask for a quick turnaround

Many videographers have this habit of making you wait for six months. Make the delivery date very clear before you hire a videographer. This should be stated in the contract since it will motivate the person you hire to deliver on time. Ideally, you’ll want to video delivered in four to six weeks.

About the Author

Mark has been a wedding video expert for well over twenty years. He runs his own wedding and party video service catering to couples all over Sydney. In addition, he also specializes in post-production techniques and the latest filming techniques. 

The Demand For Photography

Who would’ve thought all the way back in 1827 when the first photographic image was produced, that photography would be what it is today?

Within seconds of snapping a photo on a mobile device that fits nicely in your pocket, you can upload it to the internet for the whole world to see within seconds. I’m not sure Joseph Niepce envisaged such a future when he was experimenting with sun prints in the early 1800s.

The demand for photography is at an all time high. There is an attitude amongst anyone who has access to a camera and the internet now of “capture it all”.  Photos can also now be quickly displayed in a variety of ways from printing them on canvas to sharing them online, instead of being stored in a box in the loft.

People are documenting their lives in picture form and making them available for the world to see, like, and comment on. There is an incessant need for information immediately in society today and most of these pictures from everyday people are nothing more than to display the value in their lives to their peers.

However, the way photography has transformed from chemicals on a metal plate reacting with light to filming and capturing historic events such as natural disasters and terrorist incidents is staggering. Within seconds of any event, there are a huge number of pictures and videos taken from different perspectives so that people on the opposite side of the planet can see it and feel as if they were there.

Back in Joseph Niepce’s time, it would’ve taken days for some news about a town ten miles away to reach him, let alone another country. Nowadays, the speed in which we can experience an event like 9/11 or the meteor that fell in Russia earlier in 2013 is unprecedented. This is owed to the fact that there are so many people who want to “capture it all”.

As well as people wanting to record their lives for memory sake, the people that are fully equipped to take videos and photography at the blink of an eye are the ones that are bringing these worldwide events to our computers in our living rooms.

Not only are we able to view these events from around the globe, but we can watch them over and over again. Rewind 25 years and though we had access to certain footage, we didn’t have it on demand. We had to rely on our memories for what we’d seen and wait until we’d next see it again on our television screens, or pictures in a magazine or newspaper.

Even now, that seems like an archaic way of life. Not being able to pull out your mobile phone from your pocket and watch a video as soon as you want to? Madness!

Compare that to Mr Niepce however with his first photographic image, and we’re what seems like millenniums ahead. His photograph required eight hours of light exposure to even create the image, and would soon after disappear. Events from 50 years ago are available at the click of a button now.

The invention clearly wasn’t wasted. Today, there are now projects such as Google Glass where actually wearing a camera will capture your entire life. It’s a journalist’s dream where there seems to be a race to acquire footage that would otherwise go unrecorded in an attempt to get one over on the competition.

Despite all of the advancements in the past 200 years or so in technology and the massive leaps forward that we’ve made in terms of photographical equipment and recording, still nobody can record some footage of a UFO that isn’t shaky and blurry. Maybe one day, 200 years from now, we’ll see a breakthrough in that department.

About the Author

This article was written by Gary Klungreseth, owner of Beyond a Word, experts in quality personalised wall art, the perfect gift solution for any occasion.

Mom Photographers-Five Ways To Improve Baby Photos

As a mom, you want to capture every possible moment in your child’s life, which is why you always seem to be armed with a camera and ready to shoot at any minute. Pictures help you to capture memories, and they’re a great way to hold onto those precious moments in your child’s life as they grow.

If you want to take great pictures of your child, it’s important that you learn some basics about photography. Too many moms out there make the same mistakes when it comes to taking pictures. Their child is always posed the same way, the pictures are always blurry, or there’s always some random item in the background taking away from the cuteness of your child.

Taking pictures of babies is no different than taking pictures of older kids, and it still requires some practice to get them just right. If you want to take the best possible pictures of your baby, you need to use the following five tips.

1. Get down to their level.

Everyone has a tendency of standing far away and taking photos, but this isn’t the best way to take photographs of your baby. It’s very important that you get down low and shoot pictures that are close to your child. These close-ups are more personal and capture more detail than any picture taken from far away. Get up close and personal with your child to get some of the best possible shots.

2. Shoot from different angles.

Taking pictures of your baby from the same angle is going to get old. Get creative and take photos from different angles. Walk or crawl around your baby and take different pictures. Take some looking down on them, take some from behind, take some that are sideways, and even take some from the ground looking up. You’ll be amazed at how well your pictures will turn out if you stop taking photos from the same angle and start getting creative. Plus, you’ll be able to capture different moments from these angles, making them so much better.

3. Keep it simple.

The focus of these pictures is on your baby, so keep the details simple. Stick with a one-color background, such as black or white, to keep the simplicity of the photo intact. Try to avoid multiple colors or designs that are overwhelming, as these will take away from your child and become the unintended focus of the shot.

Another great option you have to keep pictures simple is to remove the color after the shot by turning the photo into black and white. There’s something about black and white photos that are timeless and simple, and you’ll be able to enjoy these photos for many years.

4. Keep shooting.

With today’s fancy DSLR cameras, you can shoot multiple photos in a short amount of time. Since babies are fidgety and don’t listen to your commands, you need to take as many pictures of your child as possible in order to get the best possible shot. Use your fancy camera to shoot, shoot, shoot pictures of your baby. You can always go through the pictures you took at a later time and determine which ones turned out and which ones did not. This way, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes time to printing the pictures or choosing the right one to send as an announcement.

5. Know the end result.

Different shots are better for different purposes, so it’s important to have an idea of what the pictures are going to be used for. For example, if you are taking pictures to place in a baby announcement, you’ll want to make sure to use a simple background and leave some extra space on the side for content and/or cropping. If you’re taking pictures that will be blown up to a canvas that sits over your mantel, you’ll want to use an intimate shot of your baby. Knowing the reason for your photo shoot will help you capture the right picture for your needs and give you plenty of different options to choose from.

Like anything as a mom, you’re going to get better over time. The more you practice taking pictures of your baby, the better you’ll become. Once you have a handle on different angles and shots, you’ll be able to start tackling other areas of photography, such as using different lighting or different filters to create unique and captivating photos.

About the Author

David Landers is a freelance writer and photographer for David donates his time to take photos of school sporting events and social functions.

Why Camera Insurance Is A Must Have For Any Photographer

Photography can be a hobby, an art form, or even a career, as well as of course a way of capturing the memories, people and events that matter for posterity. While everybody now has some form of camera on their mobile phone, their tablet, their computer or other multi purpose gadget, those who are serious about photography usually buy a device that is only intended to be used to take pictures. While the cameras on the average smartphone these days are better in terms of megapixels than a lot of digital cameras that were on the market a few years ago, these devices are not designed purely with photographers in mind, so there are lots of features and controls the keen photographer can only get from a true camera. Also, with a normal camera you can fit all the lenses, filters and other features you need, rather than trying to replicate their effects with post production photo editing.

Cameras and Theft

Whether you use your cameras and camera accessories for work or just for fun, chances are you have invested quite a lot of money in them. Good camera gear, even a simple small camera to carry around with you on holiday, is not cheap, and professional quality gear can cost thousands.

It is unlikely you always keep your cameras in one place either – even if you work out of a studio or mainly use your camera at home, there will be occasions when you will want to take camera gear out with you – whether to photograph some scenery, to film or capture an event like a wedding, or just in case you see something cool you'd like to get a better quality photo of than you could with your phone.

For these reasons, cameras are a high risk item when it comes to personal theft. Personal theft basically refers to crimes like mugging and pick pocketing, which happen when you are out and about and tend to relieve you of small personal items like your wallet, your phone, your computer and, of course, your camera. They are also items that are commonly taken in a burglary situation, because they are high value but easy to carry.

Other Things That Can Go Wrong

As well as being appealing targets for those less scrupulous members of society who like to steal and sell on valuable items, cameras are also quite fragile. With glass lenses and lots of moving parts, as well as (these days) touch screens and all kinds of other electronic tech, there is a lot on the average camera that can break, get scratched or go wrong. If you drop your camera, you may find that it is basically unusable afterwards, and equally, if it gets too wet, this can permanently break it. While some people invest in 'tough' cameras designed for use in extreme conditions, the average camera simply can't withstand a lot of shock or water damage.

If you rely on your camera for work or are simply very fond of it and wouldn't like to be in a position where you couldn't use it, it is therefore really wise to buy an insurance policy to protect it, and any expensive or hard to replace accessories you have for it.

How to Insure a Camera

You may believe that your camera and equipment are adequately covered by your home insurance. However, in many cases home insurance can be found lacking when it comes to portable gadgets. Home contents insurance policies are an old form of insurance based on risk models designed at a time when people took very few of their valuables out of the home (perhaps just some jewellery), and most of the expensive things they owned stayed in the house. They were created to help people insure the things they owned against floods, fires and burglaries, rather than common petty theft, which is a lot more common. These days, of course, we carry a lot of our most expensive items around with us, and they are therefore at greater risk of being stolen or broken. Insurers therefore have to limit the scenarios in which they will pay out for items like these, and how much they will pay, otherwise the risk for them would increase and they would have to put up the price of policies across the board.

For this reason, you are going to get far more peace of mind (which is of course what insurance is all about) if you buy a policy specifically for your camera equipment. These are surprisingly easy to find, with specialist insurers offering policies like camera insurance that are made especially for photographers like you.

About the Author

Laura Ginn is a hobby photographer and even though her equipment is not top of the range, she makes sure it is insured against theft and accidental damage.  This leaves her free to worry about more important things.

5 Mistakes Couples Make When Searching For A Wedding Photography Service

Your wedding photographs are one of the most important records of your wedding day. The right photographer can in fact ensure that your photographs look great, and help refresh your memory of that happy day years from today. However, a bad or mediocre photographer will not just ruin your photographs he or she will ensure that you’ll not show because you’re embarrassed with the results. So, it pays to invest some time and effort when it comes to hiring a true professional for the job.

Hiring a professional wedding photographer goes well beyond just hiring the most expensive one around. Expensive photographers are not necessarily the best, many photographers just price their services and base themselves in expensive areas of the city to come across as being “high class”. Below we look at some of the most common mistakes people make when hiring a photographer for their wedding.

Mistake no. 1: Not checking out the photographer’s portfolio

This is one of the most common mistakes made by the wedding couple. They rarely ask the wedding photographer to show recent photographs they have taken. Many times if they are searching online they’ll just view the online portfolio of the photographer and book their services directly from the website. The problem with this approach is that despite your friends and family members recommending a particular service you still never know what to expect. Many large services often have more than one professional photographer working for them so it’s important to ask who will be covering your wedding and to show his or her particular portfolio.

Mistake no. 2: No comparison shopping 

Many couples just base their decision to hire a particular photographer on what their friends and family recommend. Even though the couple may take the time out to look at the photographer’s portfolio but they will not visit other competing photographers and get a competing quote. The end result is that they could have gotten a much better photographer and for a few dollars less had they done some comparison shopping. Make it a point to visit half a dozen professionals in your area prior to making your decision. The best price to quality service should get your business.

Mistake no. 3: Hiring a photographer that doubles as a wedding videographer

Most professional wedding photographers only specialize in still photography but they will never double as a videographer. There are some services that offer both videography and still photography services but the problem with them is that their quality on either of those services leaves a lot to be desired. If you are looking to save money and quality is not a big concern only then should you hire a service like this. Otherwise it is best to hire a videographer who specializes in wedding videography and the same goes for a photographer.

Mistake no. 4: Not asking the photographer probing questions

Many couples never ask a photographer important questions pertaining to the service. There are wedding photographers who are not flexible with the number of hours they work, the breaks they take and even if there is travel involved which you currently do not know of. So, you need to ask the photographer the following questions:

  • What will you charge if you have to work two or three extra hours because of a delay?
  • What will you charge to travel to another city?
  • What will it cost me if I cancel?
  • What happens if you become sick on my wedding day? Who will replace you?
  • How many years have you been a photographer for?
  • Do you only do weddings?

All the questions above will give you a fairly good idea as to what you can expect from the service. It is best to draft a questionnaire and take it along just so that you do not miss out on something important. 

Mistake no. 5: Hiring a photographer that uses the newest camera

Many wedding photographers will advertise that they are using the latest $3000 camera that offers 24mp etc. However, even though the latest camera does mean that the photographers will be a touch better it does not make up for the experience of a photographer. Some professionals can end up getting excellent results from a four year old camera. So, the price of the camera has nothing to do with the results you get. 

About the Author
Mark is one of the leading experts on wedding photography in Australia. He has over two decades of experience as a wedding photographer and still proudly uses his film camera. Today, he runs one of the most reputed photography services based in Sydney.