Book Review: Wedding Videography Start to Finish

Since I have not posted a book review recently and spring is coming, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about one that covers a very specialized topic: Wedding Videography.

Content

The book covers the domain wide and large. Starting from answering the simple question ‘What does a wedding videographer do?‘ to giving advices on video editing and color grading.

As you can guess, it covers pretty much everything one needs to know to start shooting professionally. This is a very ambitious project and I think it is done reasonably well here in the sense that it gives a good overlook of what to expect, how to plan for it and what to do on D day. It is not a replacement for experience and I will call anyone who starts looking for contracts right after reading the book and idiot. Please assist a pro for at least one season!

This book is a starting point, know that you will need to deepen your knowledge in many areas. The hardest part when learning a new field (at least for me) is to structure your thoughts and know what you need to learn. Once you are aware of this list, the rest is much easier and I think this book serves this purpose well.

Moving from Stills to Motion

When I talked about this book to my friend (a wedding photographer), he wanted to know if the book would teach him how to add a video side to his business. While he is not the target audience for the book and some good chunk of it are valid for both stills and video, I think it can be of some help, especially when it highlights clients expectations regarding the end result.

Things I like

  • The book includes a shot list that is a great starting point to build on.
  • All the advices come from hard learn experiences.
  • The book tone makes it easy/fast to read.

Things I really did not like

  • As a lot of book on the topic of video, this one falls into the trap of describing how to use editing software.
  • Some example are a bit cheesy and out of style.
  • Some of the content is too beginner-ish.

Special complain

As weird as it may look, the book does not talk about HDSLR. Not even a a short mention! This puzzles me considering that wedding videography must be the most popular professional use of HDSLR. Yet, it was published in 2010!

Conclusion

If you are planning to shoot a wedding this summer, getting this book is a worthy investment. But lets face it: no book can prepare you for the craziness of a wedding day. Except maybe a 6-pack of RedBull.

You can get the book here from Amazon

About Tommy

Photography allows me to be what I want to be, to be where I want to be, and to do what I want to do ... I'm not professional photographer and I don't need a title, I love to take photographs and that is what I do, I love to learn and I always try to do it better ...
  • Barry

    I might be wrong about this, but isn’t the 12-minute continuous shot limitation for SD cards in HDSLRs prohibitive for shooting ceremonies/live events like weddings? Maybe that is why the book doesn’t mention HDSLRs?

  • admin

    Nah… A lot of people (including me!) shoot weddings with HDSLRs. The trick is to use two cameras and switch between them while editing.

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