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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Wedding Videographer

wedding videographyDuring the wedding planning, an engaged couple normally writes down the things they need for their wedding as well as the people they have to hire. The list will surely include the venue, the caterer, florist and wedding photographer. Some couples add a wedding videographer to their list while others don’t. Do you think the service of a wedding videographer is really important for your wedding? Or is it just another unnecessary expense?

Well, we have talked to couples who recently tied the knot and asked for their thoughts on how important or not it is to hire the services of a professional wedding videographer. Several couples regret not having one while there are pairs who were satisfied with the outcome of their wedding even without a wedding videographer.

If you are still undecided on whether to hire the professional services of a videographer or not, here are some pros and cons of getting one. This will hopeful help you come up with the right decision.

PROS

  1. Share moments

A wedding videographer can record your wedding from start to finish or just some special parts of the wedding ceremony. The wedding video that he/she will produce can be shared to your loved ones later on. Your future kids will be able to witness how your wedding went and how their mom and dad professed their love to each other.

  1. Record fleeting happenings

A wedding usually occurs once in your lifetime and since a lot of things happen around during the wedding ceremony and party, there are certainly happenings that you have missed. These fleeting happenings or moments might have been captured on camera by the professional wedding videographer you hired.

  1. Real emotions

Your professional wedding photographer might be able to produce photos that display mixture of emotions among the couple and their guests. But then, a wedding video goes a step further and gives you the real, genuine, lifelike way things happened and how your guests happily shared this special day with you.

  1. Professional, high quality video

Yes you can definitely have someone among your flock of guests take a video of your wedding but do you think he/she can deliver the kind of video you expect to see? Remember that professional wedding videographers have the skills, knowledge and equipment which they can use to produce professional, high quality wedding video while your assigned videographer won’t have any of those.

CONS

  1. Additional cost for the couple

A wedding videography does not come cheap. It can be an added burden to the couple who really cannot afford it. But then, if you think you can squeeze it in your budget by lowering the cost of other wedding expenses then do so. As long as you hire a skilled professional videographer then you will not regret this added cost.

  1. Possible conflict with the wedding photographer

Some couples believe that a possible conflict may arise between the wedding photographer and videographer since both are going to cover the wedding and be all around the venue. Well, that is not likely to happen if you hire real professionals. Professional wedding vendors know how to get along with people in the same industry. They already know how to adjust or give way when necessary. Furthermore, if you hire both from the same company then much better since the two have worked with some weddings before and can plan together on how to cover your wedding.

  1. Intrusive

A wedding videographer will be following you around during the day maybe from the wedding preparations until the end of the wedding party. The recording of events will depend on what is agreed – whether to record only significant parts of the wedding or the entire wedding flow. If you think a wedding videographer might intrude or disturb your wedding and you feel uncomfortable followed at, then do not hire one. Remember though that you can give specific instructions to a wedding videographer and he/she will gladly conform to your requests or instructions.

Now, that you have read the pros and cons, you can now weigh in on whether hiring a wedding videographer is worth it or not.

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Why Hire a Second Shooter for Your Wedding

wedding photographyCouples who are planning their wedding look forward to having the memories of this special event captured or recorded on camera. Most of them would hire a professional wedding photographer to do the huge task of photographing the event and delivering brilliant wedding pictures that are worth keeping.

A wedding photographer is definitely important to hire for your wedding. The question now is, should you hire a second shooter for your big day? A second shooter is another photographer who will assist the primary photographer in covering the wedding. He/she usually coordinates with the main shooter and is associated with the same company.

Some wedding photographers hampshire will include the option of another shooter in the wedding package at a higher rate so couples can have another alternative. Is it really important to have two photographers for your wedding? Isn’t one photographer enough? Well, we have assessed the same thing and we came up with the answer that indeed hiring a second shooter is important.

Below are the reasons why you should consider getting two (or more) photographers for your wedding.

  1. Your main photographer cannot be in two places at once

Normally, a wedding photographer will focus on the couple and the moments during the wedding preparation, the ceremony and the wedding party. At times, there are great or fun moments that happen among the guests that cannot be covered by the main photographer because he/she is busy taking shots of the couple. The only solution to this is if there is someone who can position himself or herself in another spot and take pictures of the guests.

  1. More fleeting moments and people can be photographed

In weddings, the number of guests varies but in most weddings there will be more than 100 guests. And so, by having a second shooter, more people can be captured on camera and both photographers can surely cover more special, fleeting moments.

  1. Better wedding coverage when two heads work together

Two photographers especially from the same company who have worked together before can surely plan the coverage better. The main photographer can lead the planning and assign which parts of the wedding the second shooter will cover or where the second photographer will position himself.

These photographers can even discuss among themselves about taking turns in eating their meal during break. One can take his light meal while the other one continues taking pictures then later on they’ll exchange roles and the other photographers get to rest.

  1. Wide variety of wedding shots

Two photographers can certainly bring more cameras, lenses and accessories that can help produce different kinds of shots. One wedding photographer kent can attach a wide-angle lens on his/her camera to shoot pictures of the wedding venue or the guests while the other one uses a zoom lens or prime lens to take portrait shots of the couple. These two photographers can definitely come up with more awesome pictures that you will truly love.

Of course, the choice of having two photographers will still depend on your budget and in many other factors. If you think your wedding photographer is very skilled and can work on the wedding alone, then you don’t have to hire another one.

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5 Things Amateur Wedding Photographers Should Learn First

wedding photographerA wedding is a joyous event that you as a photographer would feel proud to be a part of. You feel a certain sense of pride knowing that you were chosen to work on a big task. The big task involves capturing precious moments and delivering brilliant wedding pictures. These pictures are expected to reflect the beautiful and memorable wedding that happened.

If you are new to wedding photography, you will surely feel anxious on how your first wedding task will end up. Will you succeed or fail?

Well, you surely wouldn’t want to fail, right? Here are the 5 things that an amateur photographer like you should learn first so your wedding coverage will turn out successful.

  1. Scout the wedding venue

Find time to look at the wedding venue before the scheduled wedding. Plan your angles, position and things to bring. Know also if there are rules or limitations in the venue when it comes to taking pictures. Check also the lighting so you will be aware if light is insufficient or not. If it is, then you will have to bring a camera that works well in low light or an external flash if really necessary.

  1. Check then pack your gear

Bring at least 2 cameras, 2 lenses, 3 fully charged batteries and memory cards. If you plan to take individual and group portraits, include a tripod in your pack. Check if all equipment function and repair or replace when necessary. You cannot cover the whole wedding if your equipment suddenly malfunctions or you ran out of memory space.

  1. Clear things out

If you need to speak again with the couple to clarify things, then do so. Never hesitate to ask or clarify anything related to the wedding. You need to have a good business relationship with the couple. There must be a mutual understanding and respect for each other. This wedding photographer Berkshire finds this extremely important.

  1. Relax, enjoy and learn

Don’t stress out yourself thinking too much on negative things. Think positive and just do your best. Enjoy the wedding and instill in your mind every new lesson that you learn from the wedding. If you committed some mistakes, learn from it and try not to do the same mistake again.

  1. Practice whenever you can

You need to continuously hone your skills and aim to learn more on wedding photography. Wedding photography is a broad topic and even after many years of practice, you will notice that knowledge is unending.  Even the experienced Mallorca wedding photographers still continue to practice and learn how to best produce awesome wedding pictures.

You will learn something new from time to time. For first timers, practicing the shots and observing weddings by becoming a second shooter or assistant in some weddings can help you learn new knowledge.

These are only few of the many things a newbie wedding photographer should learn. Just continue trying to gaining knowledge and skills to be better in your chosen field.

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Why You MUST Use Lightroom for Editing Your Wedding Photographs

adobe lightroomA wedding photographer’s job doesn’t end when the wedding he/she covered has ended. Instead, the real job starts right after the wedding. Wedding photographers need to edit hundreds or even thousands of photos per wedding event.

Photo editing can be a vey daunting task especially if you are new to photo editing and don’t know what software to use. One of the photo editing software preferred by many beginners is Lightroom.

Lightroom is a program that allows you to organize, edit, enhance and share photos. Some of its features are similar to Adobe Photoshop which is another program popular among professional photographers.

You can use Lightroom for free for 30 days and after that you can choose to pay only $149 anually. This tool is essential to photographers and similar professionals who need to produce brilliant images.

For wedding photographers, Lightroom makes it easier for them to finish editing fast and produce well-retouched and enhanced pictures. Here are some of the best features of Lightroom that you can use in editing wedding photographs

  1. Crop and straighten tool – for easy cropping and straightening of pictures using gridlines as guide.
  2. Vibrance tool – to enhance blues particularly skies and seas.
  3. White Balance dropper – to change the white balance in a picture.
  4. Fill Light – lighten parts of the photos that are dark.
  5. Recovery Tool – to bring back color to the picture that it overexposed (too bright)
  6. Noise Reduction – to remove unwanted grains and lines in the photo

If you are planning to use Lightroom but are not thoroughly convinced, then here are some reasons you must use Lightroom for editing wedding photos.

  1. Easy to learn and use

Learning how to use Lightroom is not that difficult because its tools are easy to understand. Like other programs, of course you need to practice and practice until you master how to use each tool.

  1. Quick importing and organizing of photos

Once you get hold of your computer, you should insert your memory card using a card reader and then create folders and sub-folders. Name the main folder to something easy to remember and then you can right away import it into Lightroom. You can find the photos on the Library Module of Lightroom.

  1. Mark best photos and delete the rest

Choosing the best wedding photos is easy using Lightroom. You only need to choose a number from 1-5 to mark the photos you like. You can randomly choose from 1-5 or you can mark 5 those that are your favorites and give a lesser value to those that you also find ok. Pictures that you haven’t “marked” can be deleted. Just click on “edit” “select rating”, “none” and then “delete”. Brentwood Wedding photographer does this with his wedding photographs.

  1. Retouching wedding portraits are made easy

Lightroom also makes it easier for you to retouch portrait shots especially the couple’s shots. You can remove blemishes and eye bags, whiten teeth and soften skin color among others. You can define and play with different settings like temp, tint, exposure, contrast, shadows and clarity until you get the perfect image. Check out the pictures by portrait photography twickenham to see wonderful example of portraits.

It is wise for you to only retouch or fully edit those that are for print. Other pictures can be edited in bulk.

  1. Various presets to choose from

Lightroom offers various presets that you can use for multiple images so you can edit faster without having to apply complex adjustments. No need to think of how to edit all pictures individually.

  1. Batch editing is best done in Lightroom

Lightroom can help you save time in editing by doing it in bulking. Choose first image, edit it and copy the setting to the other images. Most professional wedding photographers edit in bulk those that appear almost similar and they only focus on the best shots that will be compiled in an album.

Lightroom is definitely an efficient photo editing tool that wedding photographers should learn to use. This program can surely make life easier for all wedding photographers.

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