Lights! Camera! Wait! Where are the Lights???
Know what to expect from your venue’s lighting
I recently shot a wedding at a newer venue in town. It’s a nice place for this area and I hope to do more business there. Having said that, I don’t want this to come off as me saying anything negative about the establishment. So, to the point… When it comes to shooting video, lighting is very important. This comes as no surprise to most people. Conversely, the lack of lighting is a problem. As I have said before, I only write these articles as issues arise for me.
So, what is the issue this time? Ceremony lighting. Sometimes it’s a problem. Sometimes it’s not. And chances are, it’s not much of a problem for anyone except the videographer. Most of the time your photographer will have a flash.
Take a look at the picture on the left. All of the lighting is up behind the couple and shining mostly toward the top of the officiant’s head. The solution to this (as far as the venue is concerned) is simple. A couple of flood lights could easily be mounted to the ceiling and they could be pointed down toward the couple.
Obviously, installing light fixtures right before a wedding isn’t an optimal (or reasonable) solution. So, again, the best course of action is prevention. Most couples will visit their wedding venue before the wedding. So, while you are there, just ask them to have the lights set like they would at a ceremony. If the lights are like those in the picture, find out if there is alternative lighting.
If there aren’t any alternative lighting options provided by the venue, call your videographer. After all, YOU are the center of attention and the spotlight should be on you.