Taking the Scenic Route

I often envy admire the ease with which some photographers carry their equipment at weddings. Most that we have worked with can carry their kit around with them, while us wedding videographers are weighed down by tripods, monopods, lights, second cameras, sound equipment, sliders, jibs, the list goes on… All whilst being as unobtrusive as possible.

The reason is fairly simple: we love stable shots, well lit shots and great sound. As every wedding is a live event, it’s not always possible to have great lighting and sound in each shot but this doesn’t stop us trying!

So, what do we take along to weddings?

  • Canon C100 camera. This is our favourite one as it keeps rolling throughout a whole ceremony, plus it has great performance in low light (que the lights going down just as the first dance starts)

  • 3 x Canon DSLR bodies. These are our second angle and back up cameras. All four are used for a multi angle shoot on the ceremony.

  • 2 x Libec video tripods. On the heavy side but we love the smooth panning movement that can be achieved with them.

  • 2 x Manfrotto monopods. We would be lost without these. They are with us throughout the day and are great for capturing documentary style shots.

  • Lenses ranging from a Tokina 11-16 2.8 to a Canon 70-200 L.

  • A minimum of 16 camera batteries.

  • Roughly 300 gig worth of memory.

  • The all- important LCD light panel with a light stand.

  • A slider and a jib, with a 2.5kg counter weight.

  • On camera mics, lapel mics and sound recorders.

  • There is more, but I think I’ve made my point!

Which brings me to the title of this post. As you can imagine, with all this equipment to set up and break down, it can be quite a challenge for us to wave the newlyweds off to their reception, pack up everything and be at the venue in time to capture their arrival. A few extra minutes are crucial. That’s why I always ask the wedding car driver to take the scenic route to the venue.

Posted on February 4, 2016 in Wedding videography

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