Do I or Don't I: Week Two

This month on the blog is all about wedding videography and the possible services each videographer offers. Last week we discussed how wedding videography is a service a lot of couples find appealing but don’t necessarily have carved into their budget. This is why we think that it’s important to break down some of the services and terms that you find in the wedding videography world. In fact, our whole hope with this series is to help readers better understand the components of wedding videography packages and help them decide which services best suit their needs for their big day.

Last week we discussed the pros and cons of the full wedding video, and this week we are tackling the topic of multiple camera operators. We all understand the idea of having more than one person operating a camera during a ceremony or reception, but this blog will dissect the impact that multiple shooters can have.

The Pros:

Don’t Miss A Moment

Obviously, the greatest benefit to having multiple camera operators is that every single moment is captured. Before the ceremony, one person can stay with the bride and her wedding party while the other can capture footage of the groom and his groomsmen. During the ceremony, multiple people can capture multiple angles, which is especially helpful when you’re dealing with sunlight at outdoor venues. Someone can capture video of your guests while the other captures first dances and cake tastings. Multiple camera operators give the option to capture the same event from different angles or to capture two different events going on at the same time. It makes for a less stressful affair on the side of those capturing the day, and it gives the videographer more footage to work with later.

Safeguards Tech Problems

I know everyone wants to believe that their wedding won’t be the one where the camera stops working or the microphone malfunctions, but the truth is that sometimes technology messes up. Now, your videographer and other vendors are going to do their best to minimize those problems. They usually bring back ups, multiple batteries, and every contingency imaginable, but they cannot control everything. Having multiple camera operators safeguards a little more from the fallout that tech problems can bring; so, even if one camera malfunctions, the other shooter can still be capturing that special moment. Having multiple camera operators is not a foolproof plan, but it does help minimize potential tech complications.

Better Final Products

The best weapon of a videographer is the variety of footage and angles that they capture. Most of us like to have lots of options whenever editing together reels or videos, and with more shooters, the greater that variety tends to be. With that said, the greater variety of footage usually results in a better final product. Are there some exceptions to the rule? Sure. Everyone has different skill sets, but overall, more shooters means more footage, which typically leads to final videos with better quality and more special moments highlighted.

The Cons:

Can Cost More

Obviously, the downside of having two or more camera operators is that it automatically costs more. Now, there are obviously benefits that come with a second or third shooter, but for limited budgets or even smaller weddings, this added cost might not be worth it. If budgets are tight, then a single camera operator who employs one of two video cameras on tripods in addition to a mobile camera could work for you. It is always about what best suits your special day, and depending on the budget, multiple camera operators may not be the most conducive option.

Can Feel Stifling

This might seem like a small thing in comparison, but the truth is that multiple camera operators can feel stifling, especially if it’s a smaller affair. Photographers and videographers are there to catch all the details, and if you are not accustomed to cameras following your every movement (and most of us aren’t), then this can feel overwhelming. They won’t be in your face or anything, but the additional people can feel like too much on a day that is often already stressful.

The Verdict:

So, are multiple camera operators a “Do I” or “Don’t I”?

Unless you are having a super small ceremony, then multiple camera operators are probably the way to go. At smaller ceremonies, those extra angles and support may not be needed, but for larger affairs, multiple camera operators give you more bang for your buck and ensure that every moment is captured in full.


Next week we’ll tackle another common component of wedding videography, but if you have any questions about wedding videography, feel free to check out our website or email us at questions@thedigitalshore.com.

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