MARCH - BRIGHT IDEAS! - Lighting for photo & video.
Everyone wants a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception, but using inappropriate or too little lighting can be a photographer's and/or videographer's nightmare.
Candlelight may create a romantic setting, but it can create videos or photographs that are too dark or grainy. Even worse, if a photographer has to use a flash or video lights on stands, the mood can be destroyed.
Trisha Von Lanken with Von Wedding Films of Tulsa says planning out the lighting needs for the wedding or reception makes all the difference in the world - and in how people will remember the ceremony. Von Lanken said she always recommends lighting experts to couples who hire her to film their wedding. It's a move that's paid off for her and for her clients...
"Good lighting is key when filming a wedding or reception. It's very important," she said. "If it's too dark, then you get grainy footage. If it's over-exposed by using flashing colors or bright white lights, then it bleeds everyone out."
Always plan for lighting, especially during a wedding ceremony, say the experts at Innovative Event Solutions, which specializes in event lighting and décor.
"Photo and video are one of the most important things about your wedding because that's how you will remember your special day," said Seth Stevenson, marketing and sales director of Innovative Event Solutions. "Bad lighting can make a great event look awful in photos and video and vice-versa."
"Consider hiring professional lighting experts who can design the illumination of a room in a way that's not distracting, but ensures the best quality video or photography," said Dewey Beene, owner of IES. "When you invest that much money in décor and the ceremony, you want people to see it. If you can't see it in the pictures, then you're missing out."
While outdoor ceremonies can be magical, harsh shadows or fading sunlight can create odd shadows on faces that can result in an unflattering photo or video. For indoor ceremonies, checking the lighting at the altar and along the aisles can prevent a wedding video that's too dark or grainy.
"I spent over $80,000 on my daughter's wedding and reception, but the results that I have in pictures are very dark. The centerpieces themselves cost $250 apiece, but you couldn't see them because the room was too dark," said one Oklahoma mother of the bride who wished to remain nameless. "The video is dark, the pictures are dark and the overall effect is just dark. I would have spent a the money on lighting had I known."... back to top