Following yesterdays post on the wedding I shot on the spur of the moment using my iPhone, I got a lot of emails from people wanting to know more about shooting this way.
The primary reason for shooting with a phone is that you don’t need to plan too much, you don’t need kit and you can edit it immediately.
It’s best suited to a video post card from the day and NOT a full blown wedding video.
Here are my tips for shooting a wedding video on the hoof for friends…
- Above all, don’t over shoot. Short shots of five seconds are good, aside from the longer moments where rings or vows are exchanged.
- Don’t be afraid of going up to the front and getting closer to the action, but be mindful of drawing attention.
- Get shots from both sides of the venue, as well as the back.
- Get shots of the congregation.
- iPhone sound is rubbish for video, so make the choice to use music and shoot for images only.
- There is no image stabilisation on the iPhone so hold it steady and avoid unnecessary panning or movement.
- Take your charger! You will run out of juice.
- Make sure you have at least 1gb of storage free before you shoot.
- One advantage of shooting video on the iPhone is people think you are taking photos, so don’t ‘perform’ or over react for it.
- Remember, you are shooting with a phone! Don’t expect too much.
Onwards and upwards
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author