Here are 10 things you should look for when hiring a videographer for your big day! Be sure to capture the most important day of your life in the right way!
1) Sound and Microphone placement:
What is said at your ceremony, like your vows, is the most important part of the day. When a videographer uses only the microphone built into the camera to “grab” the sound it won’t result in be clear audio, unless they are right in your face, and that’s not going to work!
The camera needs to be far enough away to capture all the moments of the ceremony and that kind of distance creates a vague “room-sound”. The further away the sound source is to the microphone the less clear the audio. If a microphone is not directly pointed to the person talking the sound quality will diminish.
David Laks has audio engineering experience and will design the “sound capture” with dedicated and strategically place microphones that record independently of the camera’s position or direction. The result is clear pristine audio that everyone can understand when viewing your event for years to come.
2) Outdoor Wind Noise:
When the wind blows on a microphone it creates a loud annoying sound that obliterates those very important words being said at the wedding ceremony. Camera mics and smartphones are subject to this phenomena and you’ve probably heard it many times on home-made videos. Having the microphone facing the wind exacerbates the problem even more.
To remedy this wind blasting issue the microphone needs to be covered with a “dead-cat” windscreen and face away from the prevailing wind. These fuzzy custom covers can often be seen on outdoor newscasters microphones during windy conditions. They suppress the wind noise and greatly improve the audio recording. Using a high-pass filter can also help.
David Laks has custom windscreens for his outdoor microphone systems. He has done years of outdoor recordings and knows how to effectively deal with the wind, resulting in better audio quality for you.
3) Multiple Microphone Positions:
There can be many sources of important sound at your wedding ceremony. There will be a need for an audio miking design that will capture it all clearly. Having one microphone facing the bride and groom while a chorus is singing on the rear balcony will not successfully record the choral group well.
In these cases multiple mics are need and strategically placed at critical position according to the needs of the capture design. Often wireless mics are used to avoid any floor cable tripping problems.
David Laks addresses these challenges and when possible attends the wedding rehearsal in order to figure out the best placement of microphones for your special day.
4) Audio and Forced Air:
When one is all setup to capture a wedding speech and all of a sudden the AC or forced hot air air heater goes on it creates a noise factor that will adversely effect the voice quality of the audio capture.
In these cases close miking to the speaker is helpful. Also utilizing high pass filters in pre or post will minimize the effect.
David Laks knows how to handle these indoor challenges and can get you the sound quality that is needed to archive the special event.
5) Outdoor Sunlight and Neutral Density Filters:
The right light is critical for making good videos. Too little light and the final product looks grainy, too much light and the subjects get “washed-out”.
Neutral Density Filters (ND) act like sunglasses on the lens of the camera. They reduce the intensity of the light and help avoid “wash-out” while maintaining the natural color of the shot. This also allow the videographer to slow down the shutter speed and achieve a shallower depth of field for that great cinematographic look.
David Laks maintains a set of ND filters for all his cameras and makes expert use of their cinema-graphic qualities.
6) Indoor Lighting:
Indoor lighting can be challenging as the venue can have a variety of lighting fixtures. These may include, incandescent, Fluorescent, LED, and natural sunlight through windows and skylights.
Each type of light creates the need for a different “white balance” setting. If the camera is not set for the type light in the room the color and hue will be off in the final video.
David Laks understands lighting and sets his cameras up correctly to get the best shot possible. When needed he will bring in supplemental light to get the perfect video.
7) Lens Quality:
Those tiny little lenses found on smart phones are great for selfies but when it comes to those critical wedding images size does matter.
The lens size and quality are arguably the most important component of great video and photography. Thats why great lenses can cost more than the camera itself and most certainly more than your smart phone.
David Laks keeps an inventory of quality lenses for his cameras. The one he uses is specifically selected to work best under the lighting conditions of your special event.
8) Camera Sensor Quality:
Modern digital cameras have sensors that capture light and convert it into electrons to create the final image we see. Both CCD and CMOS sensor devices perform this task using a variety of technologies.
Basically the larger the sensor the more information can gather to reproduce a high resolution image. This will become very apparent when you enlarge an image taken on a less expensive camera, it may look fine on your 7 inch smart phone screen but will look degraded when shown on a large UHD flatscreen monitor or TV.
David Laks uses cameras with high quality image sensors that will look great regardless of how they are viewed.
9) Tripods and Stabilizers:
If you’ve ever watched an amateur video you have noticed the constant distracting camera movement associated with a hand-held device.
Quality videos require a variety of stabilization techniques to give it that Hollywood-look. These stabilizers include tripods, steady-cams, gimbals, and onboard camera stabilization systems.
David Laks utilizes a variety techniques and equipment to provide a steady capture of your wedding event.
10) Camera Quality:
As in most things we buy there are levels of quality. There are also cameras designed for specific uses and situations. Inexpensive cameras or phone devices that also happen to take videos and photos can not create the professional end product you deserve.
Professional cameras create professional results. These cameras are made to do one thing, capture pristine images. They are made up of quality components that work seamlessly together. They allow for operator control of all parameters like, focus, aperture, shutter speed, F-stop and lens type.
David Laks works with professional gear and produces professional results.