I need tips for a wedding gig
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?
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.
Errol X. Lazare
You should really check out the videos done by StillMotion and in particular their instructional videos showing how they shoot weddings with DSLRs.
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
Crow Digital Media
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
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
wow this is great thanks
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.
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.