June 23, 2011

 

NJ wedding photography

Video & photo fusion is something I’ve started working with recently. The idea with fusion is to create a vibrant blend of selected photographs with short video sections, to give a 5 or 6 minute overview of the wedding day.

As with the previous fusion clips, the HD video sections were shot with the Canon 5D mk II (B&H). It’s a lot of work putting this together, for I think that adding stills and video is more involved than just doing either. But I like the result, and hopefully clients and prospective clients will also be taken with it.

 

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1 Jacek June 24, 2011 at 5:09 am

Maybe it’s a lot of work putting this together, but the end result is impressive.

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2 Stephen June 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

I have noticed that with more avenues to promote oneself, the more work it becomes to keep them all avenues up to date. I have seven sites where I post my hobby photos (although not all photos go to all sites). You cannot take any avenue for granted. There may be a lot of people on Facebook, but there are people who never use it, so one cannot neglect other methods of communication.

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3 Neil vN June 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

It does become overwhelming keeping up with everything. Facebook truly dominates at this point, but there is also Twitter and Flickr and LinkedIn, and now Tumblr. They all can be used to one extent or another … but that means they have to continually be fed.

I am hesitant at this point to create content for Facebook because of two friends who had their pages shut down without warning because they posted boudoir and burlesque images, and someone complained. I’m wary of leaving so much of my work at the hands of an impenetrable and anonymous entity like Facebook.

So for me, the blogs are still most important of all., and I’d rather use Facebook to drive traffic to them.

Neil vN

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4 R Poinvil June 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Neil,
Just watched the video.
Seemed like a tough crowd in terms of getting smiles at the beginning but everything seemed to warm up soon after.
Is the music the same as the final product that you are going to present to the client?

Overall, great work!

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5 Neil vN June 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This clip was for promotional purposes and for us to gain more experience in creating fusion clips. So the music was my choice, and not as a final product created specifically for the client.

Neil vN

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6 Guillermo June 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I like the idea, like a more dynamic slideshow. The shots are great and the video looks stabilized. My only “but” is that I hate the music, specially for a wedding video. It calls to much attention to intself and is just plain distracting and annoying.

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7 Neil vN June 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

The music was chosen because I wanted something with a continuous driving rhythm to it, and an epic sound to it. But I was also looking for something with a faintly Middle Eastern feel to it. Rula and James’ wedding reception had Arabic music. (I actually really like Arabic music when I’ve heard bands play at wedding receptions.) You can see the musicians briefly towards the end of the clip. However, Jessica and I couldn’t find a track with Arabic music which really fit .. or else we would have had to mix several tracks in and out.

Since I despise twinkly overly slushy “romantic” sound clips like you often find on wedding photography sites … that wasn’t an option either. Probably never will be for me.

We both felt the chosen soundtrack was the best fit we could find. Decision made.

Whether it is a track which will put some potential clients off .. that’s open for discussion, I suppose. Ultimately, it will be just one of several tracks which I want to use as promotional material.

And in the end, there is a volume slider.

Neil vN

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8 Neil vN June 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I have since changed the music that was on the original clip.

For all the positive reaction to the music, there was also some negative comments. With that, I thought it might be best to use music which wouldn’t risk pushing a potential client away.

Neil vN

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9 Lisa June 25, 2011 at 2:37 am

you are the best… i’ve learned more from you’re blog in 1 day than i have in 3 years!

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10 Pavel June 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi Neil.I know you do not use AWB.So how you deal with different type of lighting changing every second inside the room.Thanks Pavel.

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11 Eric June 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

Neil, Your work is always inspiring. I don’t do any wedding or portrait photography (at least not yet); however, I have begun to dabble in “video and photo fusion” on a personal level.

Can you tell us what software you use to create these videos?

Thanks for all you do for all of us that are eager to learn!

Eric

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12 Neil vN June 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Eric … we used iMovie ’11, but just purchased Final Cut Pro X, so we’ll see how that works out.

Neil vN

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13 Jerry June 27, 2011 at 2:55 am

Since you’re new to the video, are you using all the gadgets like the Redrock thing and the Zabruta eye-piece, monitor, etc? If not, how is Jessica with an attitude approaching it. And what speed cards are you using?
Thanks for my daily fix of Planet Neil.
By the way, I’m sure I spelled a few things rong. I’ve only heard of them, not seen them.

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14 Neil vN June 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The hardware we used is mentioned in the linked article to this previous Fusion clip we’ve shown here. I do have a Marshall monitor that I bought, but haven’t used it on a shoot yet. The Zabruta eye-piece … I am hovering on that decision still.

Re the Redrock cage … by the time you get that, you’re better off buying the new Sony NEX FS-100 (B&H) instead, and have a proper dedicated 1080p video camera.

Neil vN

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15 jona June 30, 2011 at 2:45 am

Hi Neil, it must have been great for your client to receive such a beautiful wedding fusion. Seeing the people in a picture to unexpectedly start moving around, fascinated me most, though more so at first than after some repetition. Mostly I’d appreciate if you would share some of your thoughts and comments on the differences of quality and effect between your photo camera pictures and stills taken from the recorded video in the fused result.

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16 jess b June 30, 2011 at 5:30 am

Jona – just to clarify, I’m shooting video along side Neil as he photographs. The still images you see are not stills taken from the recorded video, they are the actual photographs Neil has captured. It takes some effort on my part to align the video I was recording to the exact moment Neil pressed his shutter button, but we feel it gives a better flow to the video.

Also, as everything happens at warp speed on a wedding day, it simply wouldn’t be possible for me to switch back and forth between shooting photos and videos. And, I don’t believe the quality of a still image taken from video would compare even in the slightest bit to the level of quality Neil shoots at.

Hope that helps you.

Jess B

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17 Gil Cox June 30, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hi Neil,

What an amazing job you’re doing here. Your clients should consider themselves
priveledged.
Is this the future of wedding photography, I certainly hope so. On a professional
note I can’t imagine how long it took to put that 6 minute clip together but what a wonderful sales product it is for other weddings.
The very best of luck to you and Jessica. I’m going to pass this link around to a few people in the U.K.
Keep up the good work quality photography will always win through even in difficult
times such as these. I survived three severe down-turns in the economy over here just by doing my very best to stay the best in portraiture.

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18 forkboy1965 July 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

With all the ways to electronically reach the masses these days it’s almost as if you need a dedicated social communications coordinator.

I’m not volunteering mind you, but it may be time to consider such matters so you can re-focus on those things which must be done and leaving those matters easily handled by others to…well… others.

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