Videography viewpoint

An enthusiastic young guest at the wedding of Angela Walton and Stuart Ellwood, at Outram in...
An enthusiastic young guest at the wedding of Angela Walton and Stuart Ellwood, at Outram in February. MOIRA CLARK, M.PHOTOG, NZIPP, AIPP
First dance . . . Christopher Swift and Larisa Matiagina at their Dunedin wedding in April.
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First dance . . . Christopher Swift and Larisa Matiagina at their Dunedin wedding in April. MOIRA CLARK, M.PHOTOG, NZIPP, AIPP

Videographers will tell you that this is a skill that requires even more creativity and technical expertise than photography because of the added dimensions of sound, movement and continuity.

Tablets and smartphones can take photos and high-definition video, but their small lenses, sensors and mikes do not produce great results under typical wedding conditions such as low light.

How and what to shoot along with the editing and presentation is a job for professionals, or much excellent material can be missed or compromised.

Today dedicated professionals provide the benefits of both photography and video in one package, plus a few unique features. Only one person is needed to do all this so fees are less than for a separate photographer and videographer.

They have skills in photography, video, sound engineering, creative editing, music, graphic art, and writing gained over several years and know how to deal with couples sensitively to capture the spirit and personalities of the big day.

And it does not turn a wedding into a production studio. A full studio of four cameras, mikes and lights fits in a camera bag and a tripod bag!

Using video means almost everything that happens can be captured, including those fleeting moments a photographer can miss. Multiple cameras can capture several simultaneous shots but from different points of view. Two of the video cameras can capture 13MG stills while they record, so large prints are possible. Sound is sharp and clear through a range of microphones.

Albums are available from a variety of styles and manufacturers. All are unique and designed in-house.

And just introduced are 3-D high-definition video and stills from a dedicated camera. This is proper 3-D, not red and green glasses stuff. There are several ways of viewing, but it quite literally leaps off the screen!
TIP: A good way to relive the wedding is to have a special video night with friends.

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