So, who are you going to trust with this most perfect of days? Will it be a Wedding Memory Specialist, or will it be Uncle Charlie. It might be Aunt Clarisse, Good Ol’ Bob or Sweet Rachel, anyone who might be willing to shoot your wedding video, but who is not a professional. For brevity, we will just call this special person “Uncle Charlie.”
The real question is this. Will you end up with the wedding video memories you hope for if “Uncle Charlie” is your videographer?
1. How much experience does “Uncle Charlie” have with his camera? Cameras are so full of features. Some are helpful, while others can get in the way. Something as minor as when to use the auto-focus and when to go “manual” can have a major effect on the final video.
2. Will “Uncle Charlie” know if the light is poor? Will he know what to do if the light is poor? Shutter speed, aperture, and white balance are all considerations.
3. Does “Uncle Charlie” understand proper framing, shot selection and angle?
4. Will “Uncle Charlie” use a tripod? Will his tripod have a floating head? Nothing ruins a video like the shakes. Cameras can be very difficult to hold steady.
5. What about sound? Will “Uncle Charlie” rely on the camera’s built-in microphone to capture the minister, your vows, the readers and singers, and the toasts at your reception? You are going to want the best sound possible for this irreplaceable and perfect day. This calls for wireless microphones and connections to the Dj’s sound board for the toasts.
6. Speaking of the reception, would you like to see “Uncle Charlie” enjoy his time visiting with you and your loved ones and have a video that shows that enjoyment, or do you want “Uncle Charlie” to work during the time he should be relaxing as a guest?
7. Your wedding day is the one perfect day in your life and it can be very long. Will “Uncle Charlie” keep going and capture all the special moments?
8. How good is “Uncle Charlie’s”
9. What about DVD authoring? Can “Uncle Charlie” author your video onto a DVD, complete with Hollywood style packaging and menus? The menu is the first thing people will see when they view your memories. It sets the tone and mood before anyone see your actual video production. You will want a beautiful display case and menu system to go with that perfect video.
If the answers to all of these questions is yes, then “Uncle Charlie” might be a good choice. If not, you might want to look into a professional wedding memory specialist.
Is “Uncle Charlie” the right choice for your wedding video? Only you can answer that question. Hopefully, you now have some information that can help you make an informed decision.
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Rod Lindgren is the founder of Aragren Video Productions and member of WEVA International and Weddings of the West, where he serves as the Website Chairman. Located in Nevada’s beautiful Carson Valley, AVP – the Wedding Memory Specialist, is perfectly located to serve the Reno/Lake Tahoe/ Sacramento area. Award winning editor and videographer Jana Lindgren, wife and business partner of Mr. Lindgren, is widely considered one of the most talented people in the field.