16 comments on “DSLR Wedding Videography

  1. aline on ·

    hi! i have a question.. how many fps do you recommend to use in a wedding?

    • I use all 3 common frame rates. I shoot speeches and toasts and most of the ceremony in 24p. I might shoot the bride coming down the isle at 30p so that I can play it back at 24fps for a slightly slow dream look. Occasionally I shoot 60fps if I know I want to do something in slow motion – like a bouquet toss.

  2. Akolawole Ishola on ·

    Hi,pls I want to record the video of a wedding for the first time using my DSLR Nikon D5200 camera. What are the things I need to know? I would appreciate a reply to my mailbox if possible. Thanks.

    • I think most of your answers can be found on this blog. I’m not going to copy and paste it all for you in an email. Good luck to you.

  3. My main issue is position(where to set up cameras for best shots) and time limits DSLRs have. Based off your expertise how can I effectively capture a wedding with a 7D and T3i? Feedback will be greatly appreciated

    • I think part of my response to DSLR wedding videography is having two videographers makes life a lot easier. That way someone is always behind the camera; so should it stop recording, it’s no trouble to hit record again. Additionally, you can make eye contract with the other videographer before you move your rig/tripod. That while while your camera is in motion, you can cut to camera B and not miss anything. In regards of where to place the cameras during a ceremony; it really depends on how many cameras you have. If I only have 2 cameras I might place each at 45 degress so one is on the brides face and the other is on the grooms face. Another option is to put one dead center of isle after procession, and then move one around every 4-5 minutes; cutting to center cam when there is movement. After you do enough weddings and know the order of things, you’ll know when it’s a good time to move. You don’t want to be moving during vows, ring exchanges, or worse, first kiss. Good luck.

    • Yeah, without a second shooter that is a reasonable concern for sure – also extra scary if your only source of audio is that camera. That said, I’ve never encountered a 30minute speech. We always stop between the bridesmaid, bestman ect..

  4. Richard church on ·

    I noticed in some of the outdoor shots you whites were really blown out. Is this typical with dslr’s

    • It’s typical with any camera when shooting outside on a bright day. DSLR’s have more dynamic range than most video cameras, so in that regard, DSLR will blow out less – but no camera can match the human eye.

  5. Matt Winne on ·

    How do you remain focused for moments when people are walking toward the camera, like when the bride is walking down the aisle towards you? Do you just constantly adjust the focus as she approaches or do you place yourself somewhere where the focal distance doesn’t change much, like off to one side? Thanks.

    • Yes, I am constantly focusing; it takes a considerable amount of practice, but it is the way it’s done in Hollywood too.

  6. Hi.
    I am very impressed by the quality of your work. I was wondering
    what DSLR brand and model you are using and if you take photos
    with that camera.

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