In more than 24 years of providing wedding videography services to the greater New York City market and being married to successful wedding photographer, Vanessa Joy, for nearly 12 of them, I’ve had to adapt my business model more than I’d like to admit.
There’s the Canon R5, the Sony a7s3, the Panasonic S1, the Nikon Z8, and then there’s the smartphone. Don’t think the cameras on today’s mobile devices can hang with the big boys for cinematic mirrorless video quality?
Unless you’re a professional video editor or serious YouTuber and video content creator, chances are you’re recording most, if not all of your video on your phone. And why not?
As far back as I can remember in my video production career, I had been jealous of the dynamic range and pure flexibility that photographers had working with RAW digital image files. They could seemingly point and shoot without regard to in-camera exposure and simply fix it in post as long as focus was correct.
Ever since I started editing wedding films back in the early 2000s, I’ve utilized slow motion. I’ve used it to make my films more emotional, more dramatic, and even to fix some in-camera issues like shakiness, allowing me to focus on using the best part of a shot.
Here we will talk about the two most popular video delivery/streaming services and the pros and cons of each. Vimeo is not one of them. While I think Vimeo is a viable option for content delivery, I want to focus on two of the newer, more progressive services in the game: MediaZilla and WedFlow.
In essence, you could say that out of Covid came some really good news for our businesses. This situation has offered us a way to expand our services while presenting to us a new demand within what I feel was becoming a stale industry pre-pandemic. Pivot and discover.
In video production, especially wedding filmmaking, there is one universal truth: Bad audio will destroy a good video. This has been a fundamental tenet of my teaching for years.
Empty your mind of everything you know about traditional NLEs and allow yourself, as Yoda says, to unlearn what you have learned. If you’re new to the field of video editing, this will be more like learning a new language at a young age as opposed to trying to learn Mandarin at age 35 on your first trip to Shanghai.
Here are five commonly used video lighting scenarios that you should know if you’re making any sort of film. I’ll admit these are over-simplifications because there are many ways to do each of these setups.