Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Best Wedding Videography Lenses

To begin with, every wedding videographer has their own favourite go to lens for different reasons. I know all weddings can be different, and one lens may be better at one wedding than the other. However, there are three to four camera lenses I would have which I am certain would get me through any wedding. I'm not going to name brands in this article as this about the type of lens. So, this is my opinion what I think are the best wedding videography lenses.

The Workhorse

For us it makes total sense to carry a zoom lens. We have a 28-75mm and a 24-70mm zoom lens each. Both of these are fixed aperture lenses at F2.8. These lenses don't have huge zoom capabilities, but it's just enough to give you a bit of play. The fixed aperture is a must! Nice and wide for plenty of bokeh, and it won't alter when you zoom. I don't see the point in carrying too many fixed prime lenses when the day is tiring enough without the extra weight. If you're shooting full frame, then these lenses have enough width to get some wide cutaway shots and big group shots. They are also wide enough for use on a 'steadycam'.
The extra zoom gives us the scope to focus in if something looks good in front of us, and we might be a bit far off. I really don't see the point of having to move in to position, then move back out to try and get what you want in the frame? There's enough moving about and run and gun going on without being limited to fixed lenses. The thing about weddings is that there's a lot of unpredictability. A wedding will have some elements set, but it's capturing the moments that just appear.

The Big Lens

The next lens in out kit is a 70-200mm F2.8. Fixed aperture again. These lenses are just amazing. They really aren't too big, and this lens will be used for many parts of the day; The ceremony for starters. As a wedding videographer you don't want to position yourself too close to be intrusive so everyone can see you. What's more, you don't want to get in the shot of your second camera operator either. This lens gives you the scope to focus on the couple. It also has the ability to get in close for those special moments such as the rings, and the kiss.
If you position a videographer at the back then the 70-200mm has the reach to focus on the couple. Usually if I am at the front with this lens I will also have a second camera that can stay fixed a little wider. I would probably use my 24-70mm again, and why not. With every ceremony venue being different in size, these lenses make sense to give you the flexibility you need. This way there is no added pressure with how many lenses to carry about. When thinking of the next thing you'll need to shoot, you'll be thinking ahead to what lens to change.
So far both the 70-200mm F2.8, and the 24-70mm (or 28-75mm) F2.8 are in our kit for most of the day.

As The Light Fades

The duration of each wedding can differ depending on start time, and the elements in between. Sometimes by the time we get to the speeches we would like a bit more light. As well, some venues are just naturally dark, or small. Some don't have any windows so there's no natural light. We are actually considering investing in some simple, subtle LED lights. We don't want to flood everyone and spoil any mood, but if we can have one or two offset just to give some definition then this could be worthwhile.
During the speeches we may turn to 85mm F1.4. This is to open up the aperture as much as we can to allow more light in. Mostly I am fixed on the top table with two cameras, and the occasional 'reactions' shot. This element of a wedding day doesn't require me to move about, so I can afford to find a position where my fixed lens is happy. A lot depends on what space there is and where we've manage to perch ourselves. Often there isn't the luxury of the perfect position. So again I would favour the 70-200mm F2.8, should the distance and light allow. If it's a bit close then a 50mm F1.8 can be useful.
The second camera operator is focused on people reactions as well as occasionally on top table from another perspective. Occasionally this camera perspective may move. As this camera perspective requires a bit more flexibility to hunt for the reactions, the 70-200mm F2.8 is again ideal.
Ultimately when it comes to light it will depend on your camera set up. If your camera is good in low light then this gives you more scope with the lens you can use.

The Finale

With the light gone the artificial illuminations become your friend, and the camera loves colourful lights. The lens of choice now is the 85mm F1.4 and 50mm F1.8, with the 70-200mm lenses most likely put to bed.  We find that these are great for getting people shots and dancing. Of course, with the aperture wide open at F1.4, focusing on lots of movement is the challenge. There are some great auto-focus capabilities now, but depending on what you have your camera may be hunting. So, manual focusing may take over at this point. If necessary we may also use a 35mm F1.4 which can be used if anything wider is needed.

So there you have it, my opinion on the best wedding videography lenses to use. I'm not saying I wouldn't use any other lens, but with this list I am sure most weddings will work out OK.

Best Wedding Videography Lenses

24-70mm F2.8/28-75mm F2.8
70-200mm F2.8
85mm F1.4
50mm F1.8

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Harefield Church | Welcome To Our Church | Trapdoor Films

To us, filming church life is not a chore. It is thrilling. To capture some of the passion in people's lives; to capture some of what God is actively doing in people's lives; to capture some of the essence of God's Spirit is nothing short of a privilege.

We love putting films like this together. It makes us quite emotional as we see some of the genuine love, joy and friendship that emerges from a Christian church video such as this.

We hope you like it.

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Braxted Park Wedding Video | Andrea & Gurd | Trapdoor Films

Re-visited, re-posted, and loved all over again. As we enter 2018 we look back at some of our wedding videos.

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Why Wedding Videography?

Why Wedding Videography?

What is the need of wedding video production?

Months of planning goes into your wedding day, the day arrives and you love every minute of it. But the day goes so quick and before you know it you find yourself thinking back over what happened during the day. Often you can’t remember much because there was so much going on and you hadn’t time to take it all in!
So how will you preserve these wonderful memories? There is no better way than to have your very own wedding video.
Stories will unfold during your day, some you wouldn’t even have noticed, and it’s important that these are captured. By capturing these in a wedding film it also captures the spirit of your day with it. Just imagine being able to re-live your wedding day over and over by enjoying your own wedding video which takes you on an emotional roller-coaster from tears to laughter?

Photographer or Videographer?

Planning a wedding can be expensive, and often having a wedding videographer is last on the list, if the budget stretches that far. In contrast to this a photographer will traditionally be first on the list to be booked. Having a good quality photographer to capture special moments is important. However, still images won’t bring your day back to life, they won’t capture the emotion as it happens, and they won’t capture what was said or heard. A still image will bring back a memory that we would have to remember ourselves, but now imagine actually seeing and hearing all that again in a true cinematic style film? Is there any comparison?
A good quality photographer can often be a similar cost to a videographer, often even more expensive than a video. A videographer will then have weeks and weeks of editing to create a film for you on top of the day’s videography. As well as the visual, audio would be captured to a high quality standard. After all, there is little point to a visual without decent sound. Have you ever tried watching a film, or TV programme with awful audio? It's so off putting. When this is all taken into account a wedding videographer is actually quite cost effective with the amount of work that will go into creating your wedding video. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's photography vs videography, as it's not a competition, and both provide a significant difference. When it comes to capturing actual memories there's no comparison.

What you get

A modern wedding video should be of high-definition on ultra-wide cinematic widescreen giving the video a dramatic sense of occasion. That's what your life-changing event merits. Care should be taken in post-production to make it so much more than just a montage of clips with music tacked on; it creates a beautiful and authentic record of the day. A lot of time needs to be spent with the post production. The editing needs to be so spot on that it's as though the film clips were made for the music. The audio and visual must be integrated using voice-over and music in such a way that they are married together.
There is an old saying in the film industry that “all good films are made in the cutting room.”

What is the conclusion?

Wedding videography has come a long way since the days of a camcorder. Those days are thankfully gone. Now there is really no limit to what can be re-produced on film. Of course, there are still different levels of video production. Wedding videography companies will differ in their shooting style and quality; this will reflect in the price. If you settle for a cheap videographer this will clearly reflect in the finished product. You may well then end up with a home video look which you don't want. Your wedding video should have a filmic look. Therefore it is important to watch some of the videos the video production company has produced.
Wedding video production is becoming steadily much more apparent and popular now with modern day cinematic techniques. We would encourage you to seriously consider having your own feature film of your wedding day, it's a once in a lifetime event. A wedding video will be a way of not only remembering your day, but to re-live it over and over. Don’t just settle for still images, but have a cinematic wedding video to bring it all back to life!

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