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    hi all,my name is dave and iv been a pro photographer for over 20 years my slr was a d3 with a mixture or lenses and other gear,3 months ago i sold all my still cam gear to try and get into wedding and sports videography, i got £6000 for all my slr gear and purchased a canon xf305 with all other bits tripod etc iv had lots of experience in wedding photography but nothing with video,i know its a big move but fell i want something a little diff,so iv joined your great site to get some constructive advise and to see what every one else is doing and using,i live in birmingham uk
    i hope to join in as much as i can and look forward to talking to you, please be patient.

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    Welcome to the forum Dave. It's a big change for you I hope it all goes well.

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    Goes for me too. Seems a big step to suddenly junk your 'tog stuff without having gained a foothold in videography.
    Aong the stuff you bought, I hope you got a decent wireless lavalier or two - I believe these are essential for capturing those important moments for weddings.
    I'm sure you're already aware of this but audio is at least 50% of making a decent video.
    Or to put it another way, people are far more forgiving of poor images than of poor audio - although they might not even realise it.
    To put it yet another way: Poor audio is more noticeable than poor video.

    I'm sure you're already aware of that and also how much more difficult it is to produce a wedding vid than stills.
    As a tog you get to pose the bride, groom, bridal party etc etc etc. and everyone waits for you.
    As a videographer, you have to be ready to catch all the important moment when they happen - you won't get a repeat of the vows or the father-of-the-bride's speech or the cutting of the cake (actually you probably can fake that one) or the arrival of the bride or ...
    It would be too stressy for me!
    Tim

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    thanks for the advice tim i do have some radio mics,my plan this tears is to do several weddings for the experience and to get into it as such,it would be nice if some one could take me under there wing (maybe second cam ) for some one i dont mind so this year its all about portfolio etc,how you doing for work tim?

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    thanks midnight blue will try and join in as much as poss

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    Quote Originally Posted by david andrews View Post
    how you doing for work tim?
    LOL. I'm an amateur, you wouldn't want to work with me. I occasionally get asked to do a wedding but always run a mile because of the stresses mentioned above (and the expectations of some bridezillas). However, I know plenty of people (some on here) who get a real buzz out of wedding videography, so I can understand why you want to get into it, and I guess you're already familiar with bridezillas and their mothers!

    Working as a 2nd or 3rd op on someone else's work would definitely be a way to get practical experience and possibly glean some kind of understanding of the business. You may have to travel quiet a way though - I'm not sure too many videographers would want to train up a potential rival on their own doorstep.
    Tim

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    lol yeh your prob right about being a rival but i will keep chipping away i know i prob wont earn nothing this year so will aim for next year iv got a wedding relative to video in couple of months so i will have something to play with

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    Hi David and welcome to the wonderful world of weddings! I know you've been togging at weddings before, but I'm sure you'll soon recognise the totally different skillsets that are needed to create the demand for the video side.
    Being familiar with wedding procedures is a real bonus, so there shouldn't be any surprises for you, though once you get into the edit, you'll soon be kicking yourself looking for the key shots/cutaways that help make up the continuity. Jump shots in a photo album are aceptable, but jumping from bride and groom signing the register, straight to walking out of church on the video will jar everyone's senses.
    It took me around 5 years to finally get to grips with the fine tuning needed to create something that brides and groom's would knock on our door for and not ring round for the cheapest price, so think carefully about your style and it will pay dividends.

    If you need any advice at all, or a day filming a wedding with us, just pm. Best of luck! Ian
    As with togs, everyone can do it but you really need to put your own stamp on the style you want to emulate. Lots of examples on youtube
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

    Ex A.P.V Videomaker of the year - Ex M.M. IOV Come join my EXclusive club

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    Great offer from Zero - he's a very experienced guy and long term contributor to this forum. I'd take him up on it.
    Tim

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    Wow, I would love to be there and learn with you Zero!! And welcome David! Greetings from Brazil.

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