Camera Requirements

Photo Requirements

  • Body - Full frame DSLR or Mirrorless

  • Lens - Fast prime lens 50 1.8-1.2, 35 1.8-1.4, a wide enough angle for big family shots 24mm, 35mm

  • Other - The nature of this position requires a flash/hard light, or extremely good low light capabilities 

Video Requirements

  • Body - Minimum resolution and FPS standard: 1080 60 fps anything above is a benefit

  • Lens - Any lens that is at least an F4. Something in the 2.8-1.4 area is preferred for low light and DOF (some kind of good zoom and a fast prime combo preferred)

  • Stabilization - Camera body IBIS is not necessary, but some form of stabilization is required. Lens IS, Monopod, Tripod, Gimbal, etc. (stable enough where we don't have to warp stabilize every clip)

Camera Settings

Photographers

  • Shoot in RAW - this is a requirement

  • Shoot in MANUAL MODE

  • Keep your aperture/f-stop low (1.4-2.8) to produce a sharp subject and an out-of-focus background (portraits - F2 is ideal)

  • Keep your ISO as low as possible to limit grainy and low-quality images (portraits - shouldn't be above 600)

  • Keep your shutter speed mid-high to maintain sharp subjects (stay above 1/250)

  • Be creative and don't take the same shot too many times

  • Remember rules of composition: leading lines, rule of thirds, fill the frame, don't cut off limbs, use frames, create depth

  • Set the date and time on your camera so that the photos will be easily ordered in the editing process 

  • See more great tips from our editing team here

Second Shooters

  • Make sure to connect with the primary shooter 1-2 weeks before the wedding.  Work with them to know exactly what time you should be there and what they want you to cover. Remember that your coverage hours are often less than the primary shooter, so work together to determine the best time for you to be there.

  • Pay attention to the primary shooter and position yourself across from them (not in their shot) so you are getting different angles.  Don't simply follow them around, standing right behind them and getting the same shot.

Videographers

  • A note from the editors on frame rate: Footage that needs to be in slow motion can be shot in 60fps. In cases like Getting Ready, you can shoot it in 60fps and 24fps so that we will have variations on the footage (dynamic footage). For the vows, ceremony (or anything with a talking head),  please shoot it at 24fps as a standard. For couple's moments, these are best shot at 60fps to capture a more cinematic slow-motion. We are making a dynamic video, so the footage must have variations. Also, shooting slow-motion makes it less shaky and more stable.  And shooting in 24fps really helps in low light conditions.

  • Use standard color profile.  This works best with our presets for editing.

  • Do not continuously record everything.  Pick only the best moments.

  • Please do set up a b-roll camera for the ceremony.

  • Use an external audio recorder for all audio the client requests to have recorded.  You may also choose to hook up to the DJ's soundboard for speeches (but please test this or have a backup as it sometimes fails). 

  • ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK THAT THE AUDIO IS RECORDING!

  • Use a field mic or keep your on-camera mic on the whole time as insurance.

  • Make sure the white balance isn't too warm or too cold (always adjust this after the exposure is set).

  • Change up your angles and the movements of your shots.

  • Make sure that your focus is on your subject.

  • Remember to use your stabilizer and external recording equipment.

Picking the Right Photo Camera

Lenses & Other Gear

Picking the Right Video Camera

Recording Audio