Wedding videography is the place to be if you want to learn quickly. The pressure of needing to catch the moments, exposed and composed well, is intense. It is run’n’gun at its purest. So the systems need to be compact and versatile.
The capability of cameras systems has shot up in recent years. Panasonic are about to release the Panasonic EVA1 which, according to the font of all knowledge that is Phillip Bloom, has the following specs;
4K up to 60p 10bit 4:2:2 internal recording at 400 Mbps
2K 240fps High frame rate
Dual SD Card slots
3 stage ND filter.
Weight 1.2 kgs
He lists more, but it’s not worth getting bogged down in the tech specs.
But that is serious overkill for wedding videography. More reasonable would be a set of Panasonic GH4/5s or Sony A7sii (and a million batteries) to film super slo-mo or 4k. That is the direction we’re heading but for the meantime we’re happy to work on Canon kit filming at 1080p HD. Why? Because so far everyone still seems to like DVD players, and DVDs aren’t high resolution. 1080p is perfectly good resolution to be filming with.
What is more important the glass you shoot through (we have an unhealthy love of the Canon 70-200 IS 2.8 lens) and even more important, indeed by far and away the most important thing to consider when filming, rather than getting bogged down in a kit frenzy, is story.
Story is king. Capture the moments as efficiently and effectively as possible. I bet if we look back at old VHS wedding tapes now, the quality will be comical. However, if that film was well composed, you’ll forget the resolution and just enjoy seeing your Uncle Dave cut some amazing shapes to Come on Eileen while wearing tight grey trousers and a square bottom flannel tie. Or, even more special, see your mum get married to your dad when they were young and full of joie de vivre. That is why our wedding videography focuses so much on the essence of the people, rather than how many pixels we can fit into a line on the screen.
But, don’t take my word for it, why not listen to the much more authoritative and influential Casey Neistat as he explains it.
Update, Brandon Li covers similar points halfway into this video (basically he says gear is nowhere near as important as good content and lighting)