Tips For Shooting A Wedding Video On Your iPhone and Editing on iPad

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…

  1. Above all, don’t over shoot. Short shots of five seconds are good, aside from the longer moments where rings or vows are exchanged.
  2. Don’t be afraid of going up to the front and getting closer to the action, but be mindful of drawing attention.
  3. Get shots from both sides of the venue, as well as the back.
  4. Get shots of the congregation.
  5. iPhone sound is rubbish for video, so make the choice to use music and shoot for images only.
  6. There is no image stabilisation on the iPhone so hold it steady and avoid unnecessary panning or movement.
  7. Take your charger! You will run out of juice.
  8. Make sure you have at least 1gb of storage free before you shoot.
  9. One advantage of shooting video on the iPhone is people think you are taking photos, so don’t ‘perform’ or over react for it.
  10. Remember, you are shooting with a phone! Don’t expect too much.

Happy shooting!

Onwards and upwards

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author







One Response to Tips For Shooting A Wedding Video On Your iPhone and Editing on iPad

  1. Michael Blackwood Barnes September 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Nice results Chris, I bet the official wedding video guy hates your bones!

    I’ve been using my iphone as a handheld, grainy, black and white ‘B’ camera for interviews for a while now – If I’m working alone, I just ask a volunteer to gather a few shots and it has, for the most part, worked out really well. Unfortunately it has to go via cinema tools because of frame rates but well worth the effort for the convenience.

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