First and foremost, this is a wedding photography product so covering video in the Wedding Photography Blueprint is simply an added bonus that you can take or leave. So why are we promoting video?
If you have been a photographer for any length of time, you are possibly aware that when it comes to weddings, there has not been a lot of love lost between wedding photographers and wedding videographers in the past.
I remember the banter and battles for position in the days of film when we often went "head to head" with the wedding videographer. Nowadays there seems to be a lot more decorum and respect between the two and I for one always make the effort to work alongside the video guy as opposed to competing against him or her.
After all, we are both there for the same reasons:
Since late 2006, I started to video certain parts of the ceremony as I was really into video and HD (high definition) was fairly new still. I had just got a cool HD 1080i Sony Handycam and was keen to use it at any opportunity.
Then, in August 2007, I was asked to shoot a very special wedding in Florence, Italy in the wonderful Italian vineyards. This was a three day wedding held at three different locations including the Savoy in the main town and a wonderful vineyard in the Tuscan countryside.
What made the wedding even more special was the fact that the groom had flown Girls Aloud (British girl band) out for the main even as a surprise for his new bride and family! Even though I wasn't told who it was that would be appearing, I knew something was going on before I left for Italy so I packed my Handycam "just in case".
This was before the introduction of video into DSLR's and as I said, High Definition video was still relatively new so I wanted to use the camera to record any special events during the wedding. I ended up filming the entire 45 minute set and made up a Blu Ray DVD as a special offer for the couple.
This opened my eyes to the possibilities of adding video to my services and so it began.
When HD video was introduced to DSLR's at the turn of the century, I knew things were changing fast in the photography industry and didn't want to get left behind.
In the Wedding Photography Blueprint DVD's, we go into detail about how you can (if you wish) slowly introduce video into your own work with a few tips on what to do and how to do it. We go through an entire wedding where I not only photographed the day but videoed all of the main events too...all without an assistant.
Even if you think you will never go near video for your wedding photography business, it is good to have some handy hints and tips "just in case"...
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