All entrepreneurs have to be good at a few things, and a Wedding Cinematographer is no exception.
What precisely are the qualities you should be looking out for in a Wedding Cinematographer? It helps to think about the 3 roles they play on your wedding day, and check if they fulfill these roles well.
1) A Good Photographer
A Cinematographer is a photographer who produces moving rather than still images. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photographer)
Hence, a good Wedding Cinematographer is almost certainly a good Photographer. The best in the industry are all capable of capturing good shots of their subjects. In this case, they are able to capture true moments from your wedding day beautifully.
How To Check
Do this very simple test if you can, when you are watching samples online from your favourite Wedding Cinematographer. Play the video with the sound muted. If possible, pause the video at different points. Does the video play as well without sound and music? Is the freeze-frame from the video as good as the best still photographers out there?
These are some of the very unscientific ways you can use to determine for yourself if your Cinematographer has good photography skills.
2) A Good Editor
If you are quite comfortable with your Wedding Cinematographer having decent photography skills, it is good to remember that we have sound and music in our arsenal as storytellers.
Wedding Cinematographers are after all, storytellers with video as a medium and the dimension of sound is our friend.
How To Check
Do this opposite test from the one I suggested to you earlier. Play the videos again, but this time, play it with the sound, but close your eyes and try to follow the story. Are you able to feel for the couple from the video? Are you able to follow the story?
That is essentially the job of an editor. If an editor does his or her job well, the sound should be able move you as the audience. The transitions between fast and slow music, the decisions of when to put key voiceovers or to do without are the minute to minute decisions that an editor has to make.
Another thing to remember, especially if you require the Same Day Edit, is to ask if your Cinematographer can deliver the level of quality you get from the samples within the number of hours they have to complete the edit. Some of what you see online could be a different version from the one played at the actual wedding!
3) A Personable Friend
Lastly, your Wedding Cinematographer would be there on your wedding day. Are you able to enjoy the company of this team of people throughout your celebration!
It might seem a minor point, but your comfort level makes a lot of difference in what we capture on your wedding day! Do try to get an opportunity to talk to your team, or at the very least, get a hold of the raw footage from the wedding that the team has covered.
How To Check
Try to catch the little moments of interaction between the subjects of the video and the team. Are the subjects very aware of the camera? Are the couple’s family and friends comfortable with whomever is behind the camera?
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