How Many Videographers Do I Need At My Wedding Or Special Event?

How many videographers do I need at my wedding or special event? I think two is the best way to go if you want both the ceremony and reception covered. I think two is the best way to go if you want both...

I think two is the best way to go if you want both the ceremony and reception covered. I think it's worth it to look for a videographer that you can afford who offers two cameras, mainly because one camera can only focus on one person. So the main focus is always the bride. If you want any shots at the groom you pretty much have to have a second camera. Otherwise videographers shoot the bride first, groom second, so what you are going to is the front of the bride in most cases and only brief side shots of the groom. If you have a second camera that camera can be higher and further back and can provide the wide shot, which allows the main camera more flexibility. More than two cameras are certainly not necessary, but will provide a more detailed and more sophisticated looking edit. The more cameras you use, the more it is going to look like a professional television production. However, three or more cameras doesn't necessarily mean good quality, the people still have to be quality shooters.


The other things to be aware of with any more than two cameras is that more people are going to be on the floor in the way of your guests and things like that. Any videographer who uses two cameras should have a standard layout for how they do it. I would always typically have my B camera behind everybody at the wedding. So the audience would probably not even see that second camera. With a small venue, both videographers may be up at the alter, but typically you'll find that the main camera is shooting the bride and the second camera is to the left or right or on the balcony trying to get a bird's-eye view of the events. It would be a good question to find out their general plan. Any reputable videographer should know to get to the venue ahead of time and speak with whoever is conducting the event to find out where it is okay to shoot from.

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