July 25, 2017 admin

How to Overcome Shooting Wedding Videos in a Difficult Situation

I’ve shot in a ton of different wedding venues and churches over the past 4 years or so. Each place is unique and has different features that can either work for or against you. The interesting thing is that theses differences affect me in a completely different way when I’m shooting video versus photos. For awhile I got pretty frustrated with the limitations of venues, but I’ve learned that you just have to Overcome Shooting Wedding Videos in a Difficult Situation.

How to Overcome Shooting Wedding Videos in a Difficult Situation

Let’s talk about some of the common issues I deal with, and then I’ll go back and give some advice on how to overcome each problem.

Not Enough Space

The first big problem that I run into the most is a cramped ceremony site. When we shoot ceremonies we use 3-4 cameras to make sure we get a variety of shots and angles. The problem is finding space to put these cameras and how to avoid having people blocking the shot. We like to have two cameras on the side at an angle (one pointing at bride, one pointing at the groom). Sometimes there’s no space outside of the side aisle or they just have a bunch of chairs sitting in the way. The same goes for our straight on shot. We can’t have it pointing down the aisle during the procession so we have to try to move it to the side out of everyone’s way. Once the procession is done, we move it back into a straight on view.


Solution: We’ve done a number of things to deal with the space. The first thing is to get there early and start fixing the problem before people show up. Lots of times you can set up or move things and then people have to sit around it. Often, I’ve put cameras partially in a pew or moved chairs to make space. I’ve never had anyone complain about it. If, though, you try to do this once people are in a spot, you’re going to get some resistance. If there just isn’t any room, another option is to move the two cameras on stage behind the couple and minister. This isn’t a great option because you’re cameras can be seen by everyone and you can’t access them during the ceremony, but if that’s the only option, go for it. Just make sure to ask permission first. Alright, the last option we have yet to try, but I’ve thought about it. I have two suction cup mounts that can stick to walls and hold a camera. This scares me a bit because the cameras would just be hanging there, but I have tried them out a home. This would probably be my last resort.

Bad Lighting

Lighting can be an issue during the ceremony or throughout the whole night. A lot of venues are dark, and this makes focusing and getting the shot difficult. Photographers have it pretty easy because they can carry flashes around with them and light up about anything, and they also have auto-focus that works with the flashes.

Dealing with bad lighting in a wedding venue

Solution: There are a few options for dealing with the lighting issue. One, you can buy a camera that can deal with low lighting. The Sony A7s ii can shoot in almost can condition and get you usable footage. For most, though, this is not the best option. You can also add light, but this can be distracting for people because it’s a constant source, only like the quick flashes of photographers. Ask first before you use them. If you are going to use light, you can do it a few different ways. Back in the day, videographers would put a light on top of their camera. This does work but it’s not the most flattering light. I’d only do this if I had no other option. Instead, I suggest getting a strong light and a light stand. Position the light off to the side and out of everyone’s way. Adjust the light throughout the night as you need it for different events. One light is usually enough but two can make things easier.

People Getting In Your Shot or Things Moving Too Quickly

Video can be a lot harder to shoot than photography. Photographers tend to run the show on the wedding day. People listen to them and stay out of their way as much as possible. Videographers, on the other hand, usually are hanging back and trying to stay out of the way. A photo is also relatively easy to take. You only need to part of a second to take one, but a video has to be held still for several seconds.

How to Overcome Shooting Wedding Videos in a Difficult Situation

Solution: The biggest advice I can offer is don’t be afraid to speak up. If people are in your way, feel free to ask them to move or to move around them. A photographer would do this, so you should have the same freedom. If you have an idea for a shot or you missed a shot, tell the couple and have them do it. They are paying you to be there, and they want the best end product, so they will be willing to help.

I really do love shooting wedding videos, but there are some major difficulties that I don’t have to deal with as a photographer. I hope this has helped some of you and shown you how to overcome the issues of shooting wedding videos in a difficult situation.