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The Friday Fight-Out: Photography and Videography – Film Vs Digital

When it comes to both photography and videography for many years now Digital has been king. After some initial scepticism at the birth of the digital revolution nearly all wedding photographers and videographers jumped on the digital bandwagon, but recently we’ve been talking to more and more photographers and videographers who are bringing analogue film back into their work either to capture just a few shots or even the entire wedding. So is digital truly king or is there still a place for film work in modern wedding photography and videography? Let’s see what our experienced debaters have to say on the matter!

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In the Red Corner, fighting on behalf of analogue film, having had to search through the biggest selection of old negatives I’ve ever seen and a pile of developing gear recently I can assure you she knows a thing or two about analogue photography, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, he only turned his hand to filming weddings professionally upon realising the quality that was achievable using digital SLR cameras for video compared to their camcorder counterparts, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

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FIGHT!!!

Dom: There’s something just magical about the way film pictures look. Most digital photographers these days spend hours on the computer trying to create a film-like look for their digital images but you can never beat the purity and beauty of the real thing.

Matt: But with new technology it is quite possible to more or less recreate the look of old film digitally but with more flexibility to put your own stamp on the finished look, reduce or increase grain, alter colour balance etc.

Dom: Taking amazing quality analogue photographs is generally more challenging than with Digital as virtually everything is manually controlled and you have to really know your camera backwards to get great results. Consequently when you book someone who shoots analogue you know you are probably getting someone top notch!

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Matt: Digital is much more user friendly and offers more flexibility in terms of achieving the specific look you want rather than having to scan individual frames or simply deliver the product straight out of camera.

Dom: Many photographers find that they feel more of a connection with more traditional film cameras which can often really show in the photos and improve the creativity of the work!

Matt: When something goes wrong with film there’s almost nothing you can do whereas many modern pro level cameras have dual memory cards to act as instant backup as well as more means of recovering the files.

Dom: With digital the photographer can find themselves taking shots that they know probably won’t be good enough simply because they can, whereas with analogue film every shot you take costs time and money to develop and therefore has to really count!

Matt: With digital you can check on your shots as you go and make sure you have everything covered whereas with analogue you don’t know what you’ve got or whether anything is going wrong until it’s too late to change anything.

Dom: There are some film looks that are so unique they are incredibly difficult to truly recreate digitally, for example Super 8 Videos have such a nostalgic feel about them that can be easily lost when just trying to create an artificial effect.

Matt: But each different film type generally has qualities that you don’t particularly like which can easily be removed when creating your own digital look as you’re starting from a clean shot then adding effects rather than starting with an affected shot and trying to remove things.

So those are our arguments but where do you stand? Would you be happy for your photographer to use analogue film for your wedding or would you actively prefer someone who uses digital? We’d love to hear your thoughts so join the debate via the comments section and don’t forget to place your vote in our poll below!

The Great Film Vs Digital Debate!
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A Photographer’s Thoughts: The Post Wedding Shoot

dom the tog bride finalone2Last week in our photographers thoughts we offered some top tips for how to get the best out of an engagement shoot and today I’d like to talk about another type of wedding shoot that you may not have considered, this time taking place after the wedding: The Post Wedding Shoot.

Post Wedding Shoots come under various titles from “Rock the Frock” to “Trash the Dress” to the “Day After Shoot” and whilst each photographer may have a slightly different take on the idea of a post-wedding shoot the overall premise is the same: a chance for the newlyweds to get some photos together, usually (but not always) in their wedding outfits, that for various reasons may not have been possible on the wedding day itself.

Post wedding shoots aren’t necessarily for everyone but they can be an amazing opportunity to get some really incredible photographs. Some photographers use the post-wedding shoot as a chance to get some additional wedding photos if, for example, it rained on the day and outdoor shots were impossible but for us a post wedding shoot should be so much more than that. Come rain or come shine your day will always be magical and having sunny photos on a day you remember as being rainy will fool no-one, including yourselves, but the post-wed shoot does offer you the chance to do things you would never dream of on the day.

On your wedding day there is inevitably limited time for photographs, after all you are the centre of attention for all your guests and of course you will want to spend your time with them too making it difficult to disappear for any lengthy periods or indeed go any distance away from your guests. But it’s more than just limited time that restricts what is achievable on the day…

On your wedding day your natural instinct is probably to want to look your absolute best and in particular keep that dress absolutely pristine and perfect. As we’ve said before in previous posts there’s probably a little compromise involved if you want to get the very best shots but that protective instinct on the day is certainly more than understandable. Once the big day is over though the dress is only going away in the cupboard and gathering dust so this is the time to take the opportunity to be a little more adventurous without the fear of damaging or dirtying your outfits. It’s the time to cut loose without the worry, the time to climb over rocks or jump in the water, to go barefoot, to mess up your hair, to get yourselves muddy or just adopt those poses you were worried would crease the dress. You can even go to the extremes of a trash the dress shoot where it’s no holds barred in getting some crazy shots with no intention of keeping the dress afterwards…

The post wedding shoot

Photography by Ed Peers

Having a full day to shoot also means you can travel to multiple locations and get completely different types of shot. You might start off at your wedding venue and end up in a forest somewhere or walking the city streets. These are the types of shot that may not even be appropriate for the wedding day itself as they’re completely out of context, but in treating it as it’s own separate shoot none of that matters. It’s just about getting some awesome shots, allowing your photographer to have free-rein to explore their creativity and having a lot of fun in the process!

It’s also a grand farewell to your wedding dress and a chance to extend the celebrations for one more day. You’ve probably spent an awful lot of money on that dress and this is your opportunity to get more than one day’s use out of it. If you’ve travelled some distance for the wedding it’s also a chance to find some cool locations and have a cool day out together doing something you wouldn’t normally do. Having already had the experience of being photographed throughout your wedding day (as well as having got all those wedding nerves out of the way) you’re going to be completely relaxed and able to just enjoy it as well as still being unbelievably happy having just got married and that can really make for some awesome and unforgettable photographs.

So if you hadn’t considered the post-wed shoot it’s certainly something to think about. It’s definitely not for everyone and of course there may be additional cost implications but who knows, they might just become some of your favourite photographs and a day you look back on with only the fondest of memories.

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Wedfest – Emmie & Daniel – Blake Hall

Here at Bride Vs Groom we love weddings of all shapes and sizes from the most classical elegant affair to the most rock n’ roll, and Emmie & Daniel’s Blake Hall Wedding definitely falls into the latter category! The fun-loving pair wanted their wedding to really reflect their personalities and so they put their heads together and, having fallen in love at V-Festival some years before came up with their dream festival themed wedding, a.k.a. Wedfest 2013!

The moment you see your groomsmen arriving on 60′s Mod scooters you know you’re in for something a little different and Emmie & Daniel’s day doesn’t disappoint! With their guests sporting wedding passes around their necks, an outdoor ceremony (only fitting considering the groom proposed in a muddy field!), rustic setting and awesome VW Campervan this was a wedding brimming with personality and quirkiness. Above all though this really is a wedding that’s all about the headliners: Emmie & Daniel.

Thanks so much to the always fantastic White Dress Films for sharing this awesome Rock n’ Roll wedding film with us, you can find out more about White Dress Films and view their wedding portfolio via the links below:

www.whitedressfilms.co.uk
Facebook.com/whitedressfilms
twitter.com/whitedressfilm

Blake Hall Wedding

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A Touch of Gold Infographic

For all our Irish readers (or indeed just our Guinness drinking readers!) we hope you had a fantastic St Patrick’s day yesterday! And in the spirit of the occasion the fab Simply Bridal team have created a St Patrick’s day themed infographic all about how to add a touch of that gold you found at the end of the rainbow into your big day! So for all of you looking for a gold themed wedding here are a few great ideas for you all!

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The Monday Musings – Traffic

matt-avatar WhitenedThis weekend I have been down in London filming a wedding. A wedding that I had to drive to. From North Yorkshire. On a Friday. 

Now I do a lot of driving, in fact at one point I’m pretty sure that I was spending more time in my car than my house, but why is Friday such an absolute nightmare day to drive on? I mean I appreciate that there are a certain number of city workers who have a second home for the weekdays and only return to their real house on a weekend, I accept that. I also understand that some people will have decided to get away for the weekend and may well be travelling on a Friday, that makes perfect sense. What I find harder to comprehend however is where the other 400,000,000,000 cars are coming from that seemingly don’t exist for the rest of the week and why whoever is sending them has limited them to  an average top speed of 4mph.

Now generally I wouldn’t mind this too much, I am more than happy when traffic is slow to simply break up the journey a little more and stop for (surprisingly enough) a few extra cups of tea. But this brings me onto my second bone of contention: why are there barely any service stations on the A1 and who decided it was a good idea to hide those that do exist behind bridges so you can’t see them until you’ve just gone past them? Is this simply an evil ploy by McDonalds to taunt drivers who would normally turn their noses up at their services and in particular punish those who purchased large volumes of tea (other not-so-delicious beverages are available) from another establishment and are now suffering rather desperately for their crimes?

Traffic_LightsPerhaps the most difficult driving challenge of the weekend though was not the monotonous motorways, the slow moving traffic, the lack of tea or ticking bladder time-bomb, nor was it even the bizarre system of driving that seemingly only exists in London or the stress of trying to find various random venues across the sprawling city on a tight schedule. It wasn’t even the difficulty of trying to park in the world’s tightest car parks or figure out just why the heck you’re being beeped at  whilst you’re stopped at a red light. No, the thing I really couldn’t work out was why London is filled with roads that suddenly narrow to a width that always looks smaller than your shiny new car without warning even though there are still two lanes and why there are metal bollards either side to ensure that you definitely will destroy your car if you happen to get the width wrong. It’s particularly problematic when you realise the church you can just about see in the distance is behind three such narrow passages and you’re pretty sure your car is a few inches too wide. Are Boris and his team too busy counting their congestion charge income to investigate things like one-way priority chicanes? Or crazier still, the traffic light? Three desperate long distance sprints with arms full of expensive equipment later I’ve decided I’m definitely not a fan of London driving.

But despite my grumpy monday morning journey reflections I still love to travel and am fortunate enough to be visiting some amazing locations across the country this year for some exciting sounding weddings so I really have little cause to grumble. Of course many of these weddings do take place on a Saturday, which means travelling on a Friday… and returning on a Sunday…

Anyone know how much it costs to hire a helicopter?

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Story Frames – Chopping the Cake

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Today our Story Frame is a classic example of a staged shot turning unexpectedly documentary! Rather than the traditional wedding cake Claire and Chris decided on something a little different, choosing a cake made of various cheeses; a slightly different tasty treat for all the guests but one that slightly backfired when met suddenly with the realisation that a hard cheese is not so easy to cut as a supple fruitcake! Still, it does look delicious!

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