It seems like just yesterday that we were off on summer vacation, basking in the warmth of the ever-present sun and enjoying the lazier days of the season, but now the holidays are now upon us, and you’d better believe that they’re making relentless demands on our time, money, patience, and ability to withstand colder temperatures. (more…)
This is a continuation from our Part 1 post:
Tip #6 If your cousin is a video buff we can assume he knows how to compose a shot but if not here’s a guide. First he needs to look for the shot. Good shot composition uses the ‘Rule of Thirds.’ Think of the screen divided into a tic-tac-toe pattern. When framing a person the eyes should be on the top line and the center of their head on the left or the right line not dead center. A properly balanced shot will look professional. (more…)
The Enthusiastic Amateur
So you decide to have your cousin video tape the wedding with his camcorder, the first thing to remember is that he’s family and you must vow to forgive him. However there are a few tips to help make his efforts a success.
Tip #1 Insist he use a tripod especially during the ceremony. Shaky shots make video unwatchable and weddings shot by a single camera are inherently a series of real-time lingering shots. Even if his camcorder has a built-in image stabilization it can only compensate for so much motion. A good tripod is almost more important than the camera. A fluid head will make his pans smooth instead of jerky. Be sure ask about it. Offer to rent one if he doesn’t own one. Curiously, one place to get one super cheap is a local cable community access channel. Our town will loan you a good tripod for any event if you’re willing to give them the finished product as a program. You get a free fluid head tripod and a way to let all your friends get a copy of your wedding. (more…)