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Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking For Dummies by John Carucci

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Ten Wedding Video Techniques

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding equipment needs

arrow Getting down to the basics

arrow Putting it together in postproduction

Maybe you’re well versed when it comes to wedding reportage. Or perhaps you just got tapped on the shoulder to cover your sister’s, friend’s, or ex-wife’s wedding? Oh, joy.

Covering a wedding — via photography or video — usually resides on the opposite end of the creative spectrum from making your auteur film. Instead of using a bunch of creative devices defined by French terms that sound nothing like they’re spelled, the process often takes on a cookie-cutter mentality of rituals and expected shots. Now, in all fairness, the routine, and often epic, technique documents the happy couple’s once-in-a-lifetime day.

Looking at it from the audience perspective sheds light on the subject. At some point, everyone has had to sit through nuptial footage, although some do it more bravely than others. Of course, watching a dreary wedding video is definitely worse than making one, so why not take advantage of both worlds by making a video that’s fun ...

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