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Videography vs. Photography - What to Expect

October 19, 2017

 One of the things that my clients seem to be the most routinely shocked by is how much stuff I bring to a shoot.  Now to be fair...I have a slight anxiety about needing something and not having it, so I usually throw in the kitchen sink.  The sink and all the extras stay in the car while I only take in what I know I'll need, and then re-asses after.


  So let me quickly break down a few differences you are going to find between a videography shoot and a photography shoot.


  Note: no two shoots are the same and so all rules don't apply.  Documentaries are approached very differently than commercials shoots, and those are completely different than weddings.  This is a general overview if this is your first time working with a videographer.


1)   Audio


  Like almost everything in video world, this is two fold.


   A)  We need to prep mics to capture sound

   B)  We need to prep everything else to NOT produce sound.


  That usually means we are walking around finding a good location that is, and will stay, quiet during the entirety of our shoot.  A small amount of background noise is OK and can even add to the video at times, but we want to be in control of what is making how much noise.


Weddings :   If you hired a videographer for a wedding, they will need time to plug into the board (if any) and do a full sound check.  If there is no sound board, then they will need some time to attach and test lapel microphones.  This is a crucial part of the happy couple's day and it will take some extra time to make sure it's right!


2)   One More Time


  The beauty of film is this: if we don't like how it looks or sounds, we don't use it!  Stumble over saying "aesthetics"?  No problem, we'll just get you to say that part again.  Don't be shocked by home many times you or the other people involved may be asked to, "Say that one more time." or "Can you speak to ________ again?" 


  We are in the business of making sure you relay all of the pertinent information as clearly as possible and sometimes that takes a few attempts.  So relax and enjoy the shoot!  No one gets it perfect the very first time I assure you.  


3)  Time Commitment


Production |

   Take my word on this : we are pretty fast on set up, filming, and tear down.  But the LAST thing we want to do for the sake of the client is to leave a set without making sure we have everything we need.  That means we take our time and get it right the first time.  Most of our projects get wrapped up in under 8 hours but it's not uncommon for a project that consists of multiple locations to take several days to film.


Weddings :   While you're on your honeymoon, we're hard at work editing highlight reels and full ceremony cuts of your special day.  After filming a full day ceremony with getting ready, first looks and the reception we have a lot of footage!  We'll find the best parts and put them all together for you.


Post Production and Editing  |

   And then the real work starts!  I have several photography friends that can turn around photos in hours.  They go home, power up Lightroom, and get it done!  If only that were the case for videography. 

   My editing workflow goes like this.

      - Dump footage and audio

      - Begin the hunt for the perfect music

      - Assemble audio and video (for interviews)

      - Preliminary storyline

      - Color grade video

      - Cut material

      - Complete any post production graphics and logos

      - Export draft

      - Upload draft

      - Revise as necessary

      - Export final

      - Upload final



4)   Lighting 


   Most photographers will opt for either a strobe and/or natural lighting in their photos.  That usually looks like some kind of key lighting, and a fill / bounce.  Strobes are great because you can get them battery powered & they provide great lighting, and most importantly they are only on for a second which keeps your room nice and cool. 


  Video doesn't work like that sadly.  We need a constant light source (especially when going interviews which can take from 15-30 minutes), usually that will be plugged in, and it can get hot!  Lights are the first thing we start setting up because we want to light check, then get them powered off and the room as cool as possible.  (Just being on camera can make you sweat enough!)




  Videography and photography share a lot of similiar elements but knowing the differences can help you enjoy your wedding or next commercial shoot even more.




Happy filming!






















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