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Victor Nguyen
I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 5:23:03 am

I got hired for my first wedding gig and it's gonna be in July. Here's my plan:

One t2i ( man by my friend) with a tripod which will get most of the footage. I will use another t2i on a monopod moving around with a Rokinon 85mm for B-Roll and Close up..

I'll also have a Tokina 11-16 to use as special shot couple with the Slider, and the Glidecam HD 2000. I'll also stick a gopro on a car for special shots. The gopro will also be use as a backup in case the t2i start to act up, overheat, or we need to change card/batteries.

For memory card I have two 8 gig. I plan on getting either a 32 gig, or two sixteen gig. Which route do you think is better?

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Errol Lazare
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 6:33:38 am

Hello Victor,

I prefer shooting on 32 gig cards because then you don't have to worry about switching cards when the memory gets low and risk loosing 15-20 seconds while you swap it. It also means that by the end of the wedding there are less cards to keep track of and less cards to capture into the editing system.

Do what you feel is right. Some people prefer to shoot on smaller cards to spread their footage over multiple cards. This can work too. If you do have multiple cards I would recommend getting a label maker from Staples or writing on the back of the cards A1, A2, A3 and B1, B2, B3 so when you come back to import the cards you know what camera they came from and at what order.

Good luck

Errol X. Lazare
EXL Films

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Steve Crow
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 2:05:26 pm

You should really check out the videos done by StillMotion and in particular their instructional videos showing how they shoot weddings with DSLRs.

stillmotion's guide to lenses for weddings and events // a cinema caravan t... from stillmotion on Vimeo.

The 85mm on a T2i is much to "zoomed in" for every shot you will need- you will have to be in the next room to get anything. A wedding video is a lot more than just filming the ceremony where indeed you may be filming from quite a distance.

Also you will need at least 5 16GB cards for each of the two main cameras I would think

Steve Crow
Crow Digital Media

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Rob Manning
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:29:24 pm

I do not have the link for this image makers site, sorry, the list was sent to me by my nephew.

It's a checklist for still imagery BUT, there are value shots to consider while doing your video.

I shot a wedding last fall. We were doing candids and video, the Wedding Shooter in no way captured the banter and ambiance that was going on while he staged his takes.

I also had the D3S non-flash with 70-200 for stills outside of his event mindset, and the look of imagery from that sensor, is second to none.

The couple hired both of us, and appreciated both but especially the D7000 HD takes, from start to finish.

So if the gig has another photographer for stills, great, if it strictly video, then these guidelines are worth a look.



"Photo Checkist of Bride Before the Ceremony"

close up of bride getting ready – hair, makeup etc

artistic shot of bridal gown on hanger

bridesmaids helping the bride with gloves, garter, shoes, veil & tiara etc

close-up shot of bride completely dressed and ready to leave

full length shot of bride

bride with mother

bride with father



bride with both parents

bride with sister/s

bride with brother/s

bride with brother/s and sister/s

bride and her whole family

bride with maid of honor, bridesmaids and flower girl

bride leaving the house

bride getting into the wedding car

"Photo Checklist of Groom Before the Ceremony"

groom getting ready – adjusting tie, attaching boutonniere/buttonhole

groom completely dressed, full length shot

three quarter length shot or close-up

groom with mother

groom with father



groom with both parents

groom with sister/s

groom with brother/s

groom with brother/s and sister/s

groom and his whole family

groom with best man and groomsmen – fun & serious shots, in and outdoors

groom helping pageboy, train-bearer, ring-bearer

groomsmen pinning boutonnieres/buttonholes

"Photo Checklist During the Wedding Ceremony"

ushers greeting and seating the immediate family

the arrival of the bride in her limousine

bride stepping out of her car

bridal party getting out of car

bride entering church

bride walking down the aisle with her father

groom and groomsmen waiting at the alter

bridesmaids coming down aisle

flower girl and page boy

father giving away bride

whole wedding party at the alter

bride and groom during ceremony

bride and groom with priest or marriage celebrant exchanging vows

bride and groom exchanging vows

exchanging of rings

bride and groom kiss

signing of the register/marriage license

bride and groom with wedding certificate

Photo Checklist After the Wedding Ceremony

bride and groom coming down aisle

bride and groom at the church steps

group shot of wedding party at the church steps with bride and groom

best man with maid of honor

bridesmaids with groomsmen

candid shots of bride and groom with wedding guests

bride and groom getting into wedding car

"Photo Checklist at Scenic Location"

creative shot of bride and groom at scenic location

formal shot of bride and groom

bride and groom with wedding party

bride and groom with their families

individual or candid shot of flower girl/s

individual or candid shot of pageboy, train-bearer, ring-bearer

junior bridal attendants together

bride and groom in front of limousine

wedding party in front of limousine

"Photo Checklist Before the Wedding Reception"

bride and groom

bride and groom's hands with wedding rings

bride and groom with both parents

bride and groom with both families

bride and groom with bridal party

bride and groom with any special guests

photo's with special guests from interstate or overseas guests

"Photo Checklist at the Wedding Reception"

bride and groom arriving at the reception

receiving line & talking with guests

bridal party at the bridal table

bride and groom photographed with their guests at the guests table

bouquets and floral arrangements

wedding decor, table settings and decorations

photo's of speech makers

food and dessert

speech makers

bride and groom's Champagne toast

wedding cake before the cutting

cutting of the cake

both bride and grooms wedding and engagement rings

bride and groom's first bite of their wedding cake

bride and groom's first dance

bridal party dancing

spontaneous shots of bride, groom and guests dancing and having fun

bride throwing wedding bouquet

groom removing the brides garter

groom throwing the garter

musician and/or disc jockey

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Victor Nguyen
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:40:24 pm

wow this is great thanks

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Victor Nguyen
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:47:20 pm

also, I usually use technicolor cinestyle so I can color grade later on. Do you think I should do that for the wedding or should I just put it on standard picture style.

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Joel Cotlhorpe
Re: I need tips for a wedding gig
on Mar 1, 2012 at 2:06:44 am

If you're shooting all day I would grab 3 x 16GB cards. Fast ones like Sandisk Extreme Pro's.
If you're not shooting reception 2 x 16GB should do it. I personally would always prefer 2 smaller cards than one big car, for flexibility, but it's worth keeping in mind that you then have twice as many cards to potentially lose and change overs need to be more timely. The reason I still go with 2 smaller ones is because I've never lost a card, and if I did, I'd rather lose one 16GB card with HALF my footage on it, than one 32GB card with ALL my footage on it :)

All the best. The rest of your set up sounds good.


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