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Hiring The Right Videographer

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Choosing a videographer can be an easy task if you know what to look for. Current trends use words like, “cinematic”, “dramatic” or “documentary” to describe the style of video a particular company offers. The reality is that all wedding videos are documentaries, which by definition is a “motion picture consisting of factual sequences.” What that means is nothing in a wedding is staged or rehearsed (in formal scenes), creating moments spontaneously, which are then captured and edited. Cinematic video is another way to describe a style or format; however, the true meaning of cinematic is “motion photography or motion picture,” and therefore, by description all videos are both cinematic documentaries.

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Dispelling the Myths About Video at Your Wedding

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As a full service studio, Abacus Wedding Studios offers couples both photography and videography to capture their weddings.

Each service has its own advantages and allows the couple to capture their wedding in a unique way.

Although photography continues to be a requirement to document any wedding with still images, video still carries a stigma of being intrusive and unnecessary, when in reality it captures more of your wedding than photography.

The current perception regarding video, the equipment used, and how the final products is produced could not be further from the truth.

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The Do’s and Don’t of Wedding Videography

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I wanted to write this post for many reason, but none more important than to offer some education and insight for the millions of couples getting married each year.

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The I do’s and I don’t of Wedding Videography Part II

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When differentiating videographers, you must make sure that the company offers the right and current equipment. At a minimum they must have a three chip broadcast quality camera, which is the current standard for capturing video footage. However, HD ready camera and High Definition Video is quickly becoming the new standard.

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The I Do’s and I Don’t of Wedding Video Part I

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Based on some of the feedback our studio has received over the past year, I wanted to offer some education and insight for the millions of couples getting married each year into wedding video production.

As the wedding industry continues to create innovative new adjectives to describe the same products and services which have been offered for years, I hope this post will help dispel some of the myths about wedding videography.

Choosing a videographer can be an easy task if you know what to look for.

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Reception Entertainment!

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There was recently a question about slide shows at a reception and whether or not they are tacky.

The answer will depend on who you ask however, since our studio is a full time photography and video production company we often get requests for reception productions.

These productions will range in complexity and in price, but if you are planning on entertaining your guests and yourself with a video montage at your wedding and don’t want to make it tacky, than use a professional studio to create your reception video.

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Tip of the Week: Why You Should Get a Video

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I have written about the value of videography for a wedding, as well as several of the other WeddingAces who are in the video production industry however, it’s time to have a refresher, regarding one of the most important items on your wedding list….Your memories!

As a full time photography and video production studio, we offer both photography and video, and many couples who initially do not purchase video will likely add it before their wedding.

Why?

Well the feedback I get from most couples will confirm the WEVA study conducted in 2005 on “The Value of Videography”.

Most couples will admit that video will do a better job of capturing the spontaneous moments and the day’s antics better than photography. Video will also provide you with a living memory to pass along to your children, who will enjoy watching a video more so than viewing images from an album.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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One of the best pieces of advice I can give to any bride or groom when looking into filming their wedding is to have good lighting at their event.  Lighting is one of the most important components of making a good wedding film an amazing wedding film.

From color washes, spot lights, lanterns, to personalized graphics and monograms, lights transform a venue and allow the bride and groom to set the mood and tone of their event.  When proper lighting is achieved, one feels like they are entering into a different world. Not only does this affect the wedding film from a cinematography standpoint, but everyone entering into this “world” picks up on the tone and the “wow factor” is accomplished.

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The Video Camera Test: Equipment is Everything!

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As I sit with couples who are wrestling with the decision to add videography to their wedding day, one obstacle becomes more apparent than others and can be easily overcome.

A reoccurring concern for many couples is the obtrusiveness of a videographer at a wedding, impeding their guest’s fun factor. Many couples are still accustomed to seeing the large video camera strapped to a ladder like tripod with a locomotive style light; blinding the crowed it moves in front of.

Older Style 3 Chip Brodcast Quality Cameras

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How Do I Pick One?

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We have already previously discussed the importance of having one, so now how do you pick the right videographer for your special day? Here are a couple helpful hints when you are making your selection.

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  • Make sure you select a videographer that has been in business for several years. The more experience they have in weddings, the more of a sense of flow they will have for the day’s events.
  • Ask for references and see a demo video before you sign your contract. When calling the references be sure to ask the bride not only about the finish product, but how they liked working with the vendor the day of. Remember you have to spend all day with them!
  • Make sure that the videographer’s style is as you would like for your video. Each person is different so make sure you ask their style and if they can accommodate what you want.

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