FILMING YOUR OWN WEDDING

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  • Rent a Camera - You could buy or rent a camera, our favorite is the Canon 90D! This camera has great autofocus but beware that it will only record video for about 30 minutes before you need to restart the recording. 

  • Rent a Lense - If your camera doesn't already have a lens then you need to rent one as well. I think the Nifty Fifty is the easiest lens that we use because of how close all the shots are and how well the background gets blurred. It also does amazingly well in low light which is very important during your reception. Keep in mind that this lens does not achieve wide angle at all, it has a fixed length.

  • Rent a Stabilizer - The easiest stabilizer would be a tripod. You can set it up while you are getting ready, during your ceremony, and dances. I also think a monopod is easy to use if you have a friend that wants to walk around with the camera.

  • SD Cards - Make sure to get large and quality SD cards. Video takes up a lot of storage on a camera so the biggest SD card you can find is best (and you may need two). Also make sure you are getting quality SD cards or your video may time out due to its inability to write quickly enough to the SD Card.

  • Sound - For quality sound I suggest getting a lavalier mic. We usually clip one to the tie of the Groom and one to the officiant which is enough to pick up the brides audio as well as long as she is talking clearly and directly at the groom. These also need SD Cards and batteries.

  • Editing - You can purchase one month of Adobe Premier Pro to edit your film. This is when you will layer your voices, video, and chosen music. There are a ton of helpful youtube videos on how to use Adobe Editor and Adobe Premier has a "Warp Stabilizer" option that is a lifesaver if you have shaky footage.

  • Practice - Have a practice session where you film for the same amount of time as your ceremony to test that all of you equipment is working.

  • Batteries - Make sure that all of your batteries are charged before your wedding day (suggest charging them the day before but not more than that as they will start to loose charge). You may also need extra batteries if you intend on filming all day long or bring along the charger.

  • What to Film - Obviously the big events need to be filmed but don't forget to get some shots that help you set the scene. Shots of the venue, trees, bouquet, accessories ect.

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Filming a wedding can be quite a lot of work, but it is so rewarding! Check out the steps below to film your own professional wedding film.