Many people still get a relative to film their wedding video. While they do sometimes produce a decent result, there are some issues that occur that the relative cannot overcome. Lighting is one of them.
Lighting is critical to getting great shots, and the proper manipulation of the settings in more challenging lighting conditions ensures a good shot. Often couples come to me that had their relative film their wedding, we’ll call him Uncle Joe.
Uncle Joe has a new camera and he films often, but most times he only has a consumer or prosumer style of camera, that does not have full manual exposure, gain and white balance control, it only has automatic settings. What this means is when the camera sees the picture it automatically adjusts the exposure and color to get what it thinks is the best shot.
In most circumstances this is ok, but when you encounter difficult lighting conditions, such as a window behind the altar in a church, the camera exposes for the window and not the bride. The result is a perfect shot of the window, with an almost black or silhouetted bride and groom.
In many cases the camera does not have the settings to override this and there is nothing Uncle Joe can do. If by chance the camera does have a setting override, and he does know how to get to it, many times he spends 5 minutes trying to get the shot right, going through the different settings, all the while possibly missing out on you saying “I do”.
Professional cameras have full manual exposure control and a good cameraman can produce a good result in almost any lighting condition. Moreover, they will be experienced with all types of lighting conditions and be able to respond with the right setting quickly, ensuring good clean footage of your ceremony.
Some things to ponder…
About the Author: Shane White is the owner of http://www.whitestudios.com.au. He has been shooting Wedding Videos for over 13 years. He has travelled to remote locations, shot from helicopters, airplanes, moving vehicles, on boats and underwater. Shot with jibs, cranes, steadicams, spider dollies and in almost every situation a cameraman can find himself in.