Took a giant step outside of my comfort zone today when I woke to a text from a real estate agent I used to shoot listing photos for. He had sent the text around 11:30 pm, well after my bedtime and I got it when I woke up at 3:30 am.
His niece’s wedding was today and the videographer they had lined up had the misfortune of being in a helicopter crash yesterday. They were scrambling trying to find someone to cover on very short notice.
I didn’t think I would be able to help, but I packed up my G9 kit and took it with me when I headed out for my “real” job, just in case...
Spoke to him at 8 am and explained that while I do have two casual, informal weddings and a reception under my belt as a photographer, I hadn’t videoed anything other than my kids decades ago and my dogs in the backyard.
He said even just a static shot from a tripod, no editing and just raw footage would be fine. Their only other option was for his wife to do it, but she wanted to watch the ceremony, not “work”. They had a professional photographer so worst case it was wasted effort and they would at least have quality stills.
My initial inclination was to say no but being a romantic I thought how disappointed I would be if I wasn’t able to get video of my big day. Promising nothing but Raw footage and no editing, I told him I would give it a try. My boss was kind enough to let me take a few hours comp time on short notice and I headed for the venue.
Did a quick read of the video section of the manual, set it up for Aperture priority, 4K 30fps slapped the PL 12-60mm lens on, opened it all the way and gave it a go. All in all, not too nerve racking and I ended up with 25 minutes of footage that didn’t suck.
Only real fault was inadvertently stopping the recording when the flower girls came down the aisle. Meant to half press the shutter to nail focus, but pushed a hair to hard and stopped recording instead.
Ended up with 5 clips and decided to at least string them together to a single file, so opened iMovie for only like the third time ever and went in search of “how to” YouTube tutorials. A couple hours later and I had titles, transitions and everything.
Realizing few people are going to be interested in the full 25 min ceremony, I then went about putting together a 3 minute “highlight” reel of 5-10 second snippets of the main points, dropping the audio and dubbing in the couples song. Again with titles and transitions. I felt a lot better providing a “finished” product then just the video clips.
G9 did great, very impressed with the 4K video quality. Might just play around with video some more...