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DIY Wedding Photo and Video: Professional Techniques for the Amateur Documentarian from Cengage will show the bride, groom or their designated documentarian, how to shoot, edit and deliver the finished product. Forget about package deals and other gimmicks by the pros, having a friend with photo and/or video skills shoot your wedding not just saves you money, it could give you pictures and video with a more personal touch.
Unique Do-It-Yourself Approach
This book offers a one-of-a-kind combination of professional insights with comprehensive instruction on using current and emerging consumer technology to shoot a wedding. The book's approach is ideal for the photography enthusiast filming a friend's wedding, the wedding guest assigned to take photos or video, the beginning wedding photographer, or even the couple considering whether or not to hire a professional.
How to Trim Wedding Budgets Without Sacrificing Quality of Memories
The DIY photography or videography approach offers a unique, emerging choice for trimming the wedding budget significantly in today's economic times. Opening chapters demonstrate why DIY wedding photo and video can be more personal as well as represent significant savings without compromising on quality.
Make Use of Familiar Technology
The author describes techniques for using numerous types of consumer cameras, including, but not limited to, DSLR cameras point-and-shoot cameras, and iPhones. The book also demonstrates image editing using the Mac-based software iPhoto and iMovie with sidebars detailing features of Photoshop and Final Cut Pro for the more advanced editors. The author introduces some of today's most cutting-edge consumer electronics and software.
From the Basics to the Advanced Shooting and Editing Techniques
Because weddings can present a significant number of technical challenges, such as difficult lighting, multiple-sourced sound, and rapidly changing settings, the book prepares photographers to overcome common wedding environment challenges. Basic shooting and editing techniques provide detailed instruction ideal for the amateur while accompanying sidebars describing more advances techniques for more experienced photographers or videographers.
Pro Level Techniques for Weddings and Other Occasions
The book is full of techniques, tips, lessons, and sidebars to make it a useful, yet unintimidating, purchase. Rather than acquainting readers with every possible skill, the book serves as an inviting resource guide for a fun project. The author keeps the approach entertaining as well as informative with intriguing stories and unique methods for personalizing the wedding documentation.
The author applies her extensive professional expertise and industry insights to provide professional techniques that are ideal for weddings, but can also apply to other photo and video markets.
Easy-To-Follow Lists and Glossary
This book provides key information and insights at a glance. For instance, readers discover the top 10 tips for shooting in dim light, five most flattering angles to shoot the bride, top 10 iMovie filters for unique video looks, and much more.
The book's concise, user-friendly approach familiarizes the amateur videographer or photographer with the most common photo and video terms in a convenient glossary.
About the Author
Joanna Silber is a freelance producer, editor, and writer living in San Francisco, California. A wedding videographer for more than a decade, she has shot and edited hundreds of weddings all over the West Coast. In addition to wedding video, Joanna has produced and edited several award-winning documentaries that have screened at film festivals around the world. She teaches at the Bay Area Video Coalition.
Table of Contents
Part I: An Overview of Wedding Documentation
Why DIY? Expanding beyond the traditional photo/video coverage Creating, managing and meeting expectations Gearing up: what you have, what you need and what you don't need
Part II: Production
Basic shooting techniques and vocabulary Pre-production The Big Day Candids. Posed. Interviews. Details. Setting
Part III: Post-Production
Photo Cropping. Retouching. Color-Correcting Video Basic editing. Using Audio. Using photos. Effects and filters
Part IV: Outputting & Sharing
Photo Online galleries. Printing. Albums Video Compression and Exporting. Posting. DVDs