Today, we continue Wedding tips with more info on Lighting! Take it away Nick!
LIGHTING DURING CEREMONY
If you are getting married in a church building, you may not be able to control the lighting situation (especially in a Catholic church). The DSLR cameras that many wedding cinematographers (videographers) use can handle just about anything at a church building. But, if you do have any control over a church ceremony, or any indoor wedding for that matter, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The more light the better (for filming). I understand that when a room is darker and has track lighting or a bazillion candles it is way more romantic. Setting the mood is important. But, did you know, that when the room is darker the footage tends to be a lot more grainy? Can I work with grainy footage? Absolutely. Despite footage being grainy does it still look good? Yes. But, if I have the option would I rather have footage that isn’t grainy? You know it! So, when planning your ceremony keep in mind that the more light you have, the better your finished product will look.
I’m having an outdoor ceremony, that’s plenty of light, right? I LOVE shooting ceremonies outdoors! You can get some great lighting outside… you can also get some pretty poor lighting situations as well. Here a few things to keep in mind about an outdoor ceremony.
Avoid full sunlight. Full sunlight is when you are directly in the sun with no shade what so ever. This can result in heavy dark (unflattering) shadows all over your face. It is also hard to properly expose in the full sun. That means that either the foreground or background won’t look near as good as it could. So, when you are planning your outdoor ceremony figure out where the sun will be at your start time and see if there is any shade at all. This leads me to my next point:
Shade is a good thing! Will your ceremony, or wherever the bride, groom, and officiant will be standing, be in shade? This will (for the most part) work out pretty good in your favor.
When should my ceremony start? In a perfect world, all outdoor weddings would start about an hour before sunset - this is known as the ‘golden hour.’ During the golden hour, everything usually looks great! Shadows are softer, the sun isn’t as overbearing, and sunsets are beautiful! This is a perfect mixture for some beautiful footage!
Now, I know that the ‘perfect’ situation isn’t always available. But, if you keep these guidelines in the back of your mind when planning your ceremony you’ll be in good shape!