To be honest, I’ve never made a wedding video before nor had I ever considered making one. After taking some engagement photos for Sharon and Billy, they asked me to be their videographer. It took some encouraging from both of them to get me to agree. A wedding, after all, is one of the more important events in a person’s life and I was very worried about messing up the video somehow.
The video embedded above is the result of going through 20GB worth of 1080p video. I think it turned out nicely – much better than I thought it would, all things considered. Sharon and Billy seem to be happy with the results too. During the course of the day, I did learn several things about shooting video on a DSLR.
I used one of my favorite lenses to shoot the wedding video, a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM. Watching the video, you may notice a bit of camera shake. Since the 30mm doesn’t have image stabilization, you can see every little shake my hands and arms did. If I do another wedding video, I plan to either use a lens that has image stabilization or to use one of those steady-cam products that you can buy (or make).
Another problem I ran into is memory management. The Canon EOS 7D doesn’t inform you how many minutes you have left on a given card without going through the menu system. It would have been nice to have that show up on the LCD screen’s UI. Luckily, I had an extra 16GB compact flash card ready to go. Also, for the 7D, the file size limit is 4GB and the LCD screen’s UI doesn’t tell you the size of the current video being shot. Not knowing this, the camera stopped recording suddenly, causing me to miss some of the ceremony. For future reference, I have to keep close track of the length of the current video being shot so I don’t miss out on something crucial.
Finally, I plan to buy one of those battery extenders for my 7D. That will double my battery life. By the end of the day, I was down to a 10% charge. Shooting video on a DSLR eats up battery like you wouldn’t imagine.
Luckily for me, Sharon and Billy are very nice people (and very forgiving). They like the video, and I hope you do too.
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