We try to be unobtrusive whilst filming to capture the most natural images as possible. People aren’t afraid of being filmed so much as they used to be, but I still think you can catch more realistic and complimentary images when they aren’t aware of being filmed.
And working mostly from a slight distance on a tripod with allows us to be less obtrusive. Although we can still get nice close up images with the use of professional zoom lenses.
We also try to keep the camera movements to a minimum as that can distract from the action. Zooms and pans are an exception when filming longer scenes, such as marriage services and speeches, but as long as they are performed smoothly then it shouldn’t distract the viewer.
“Emotion is gained with correct camera positioning.
Being a fly-on-the-wall means you can’t setup shots, so experience teaches you where to find the best position to to get the best results.
Knowing where to place yourself to avoid bad lighting is also important: facing the sun for a beautiful backlit shot or with your back against the window for that small indoor room. Knowledge of available light ensures you are giving the customer the most complimentary images possible.
As with lighting, knowing where to position yourself to extract the maximum impact is also important. Shooting upwards when the confetti is falling; being on a close-up when the couple are about to kiss; getting down low when they walk up the Isle or enter the wedding breakfast; being on a wide angle and preferably from up high when people are about to cheer during the group shot; or seeing the guests‘ reaction during the first dance.
Choosing the best angle can make or break a good scene and generate the most emotion.
Experience teaches you how to tackle live events like weddings. Knowing where to stand when you anticipate that spontaneous moment is about to happen.
I also try to be creative and incorporate the surroundings as much as possible to frame the scene.
…and try not to miss the funny little details or those easily missed important shots!
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