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I would just put it down to experience. It's not worth the fight and at the end of the day it's a shame you can't use the footage. I've been there and understand fully how gutting it is. Walk away and save yourself all the stress. Charge them a fair price to edit it and leave it at that.
Feel for you bud.
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I love weddings. I’m a wedding videographer and my wife is a wedding photographer. Our lives are about weddings, it’s our passion!! We love what we do and we mostly have fantastic couples to work with and can make a lot of money doing what we do!!
Our clients pick us for our approach and style and we in turn have to like them in order to work with them. i have no problem turning a couple away if I feel they are going to be difficult to work with.As a story teller I can’t make their wedding something it’s not. I can only use whats around me and what unfolds on the day.
The way we keep weddings fresh is by filming lots of different types. We film & photograph english weddings, indian weddings, greek weddings, sikh wedding, chinese weddings and many more. I love variety which I think is a real key to continue enjoying what we do.
But we love the satisfaction of telling someones story of their wedding day in a creative and emotional way and them loving it and sharing it with all their friends and family. Very satisfying!!
Thanks for sharing. I think it’s pretty good for a first attempt. However, there are 3 main areas to think about with regards to improving the overall impact.
1) Video Length
10:22 is very long for a love story and I think it could be condensed. But the final use will dictate this. Is the video just for the couple or do they want to share this with others? If it’s just for them then fine – but others will struggle to keep their full attention. I would aim for 5 mins max. nice and snappy
2) Background Music
Have you considered adding some instrumental music to the background? Music adds so much emotion and helps keep the viewers attention. Think it is really missing this and will benefit hugely for some carefully chosen music.
3) Video Colours
The colours are very cold (blue) and this definitely needs some attention. just needs to be warmed up.
Hope this helps
I prefer not to use video light during a wedding but will always choose to do so if the light is poor. The LED light on the top of my camera is adjustable and so I don’t have to make everyone look like frightened rabbits!! You also get much better colours in the final wedding video and the wedding photographer often appreciates the extra light. So I would always advise to use when needed.
My LED light goes on top of my camera from the beginning of the day – I am never without it just in case I end up in a situation with bad light. The thing with weddings is that you are dealing with constantly changing levels of light as you move through various rooms and locations over the day. So I would never be without it!!
I have no problem with giving clients raw footage from their wedding video if they want to edit themselves as long as they don’t put my name to it. I also offer all my clients the opportunity to buy all their footage to be used as a backup of their files for 250.00. About 25-30 weddings per year go for this which is some good additional profit.
I use two Sony Z5’s during the Ceremony and Speeches by myself. These are always next to each other as I have one shooting wide and the other is used for closeups – so I operate both at the same time. The rest of the time I use just one when I’m roaming. Also, if one camera goes down then you have a backup. I take three cameras to a wedding just incase (my third is a Z1). Also two cameras make your wedding video far more interesting and it’s actually easier to film.
Sony Z5’s produce great results!! Great in low light and just an all round fantastic camera to work with. But I would recommend two cameras, LED Light panel, wireless microphone and tripod as basic kit.
I just got a Litepanels LP MicroPro which is fantastic. I do a lot of Asian Wedding Videos which is often under difficult light. My wife is a wedding photographer and she also borrows it for weddings which is great. We wanted a light that would work nicely for wedding video and wedding photography and this was definitely a good choice.
Your welcome Rohlux.
However, wedding videography doesn’t have to be low rates. When you get to the higher end of weddings then wedding videos can pay very nicely. My average client pays 1500-2000 per wedding video. A client the other day ordered my biggest package ever at 4,000. So when you get going it can pay extremely well.
With regards to the content of a wedding video, you simply develop your style and this evolves over time. There are so many different ways of putting a wedding video together. As long as you have the wedding ceremony and the speeches as a start then what else you add is really up to you – depending on your preferences. But above all, aim for quality, constantly improve your films and be extremely passionate about what you do and you should be OK.
For me the length of the wedding video completely depends on the type of wedding I’m filming. Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, chinese or other Asian weddings tend to are usually 3-5 hours in length. Church or Catholic weddings would be approx. 2 hours long. Civil weddings are less than this.
The main ceremony and speeches are always included and a 15-20 min montage of the day. Asian wedding videos are considerably longer because they have lots of dancing added to the DVD’s and the wedding ceremonies can be up to 2 hours long. But my main sections are edited right down to make them watchable and interesting. Too much footage can be dull. What goes into the video is at my discretion with the rest available for purchase on a hard Drive.
I always make sure the wedding dvd has a chaptered menu so that the couple can navigate through their wedding video nice and easily. If they want to watch full sections or highlights then they can choose easily.
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I use Shazam on my iPhone to collect music for my wedding videos. Keeps it all nice and fresh and helps me collect music whenever I come across a new tune. I was in the same boat getting fed up of the same old cheesy music on wedding videos. So now I send clients a helpful list with my favourite wedding dvd music which I have collected. Works a treat!!
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