You ask “What the heck is DSLR video, and why should I care?”
DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex and this is the same type of camera your photographer will be using on your wedding day. Yes we use still photography cameras to shoot video!
Technology has come a looooong way in the world of digital media, which includes professional photos and video coming from the same camera. From what I know, photographers didn’t think much of this added feature of being able to record video from their cameras. Videographers, on the other hand, quickly embraced the idea of being able to shoot 1920 x 1080 (full HD) video with the stellar optics (lenses) that both Canon and Nikon have been providing photographers with for years. This opened the door for videographers and film gurus to begin creating beautiful master pieces with the stunning clarity and shallow depth of field that these lenses provide. Not only does the footage look amazing, but the camera is smaller, lighter and more affordable than a professional video camera.
When you google DSLR video, you will see that dozens of companies have invested and designed products for DSLR video. One of which is my favorite, the Glide Track. The Glide Track is a miniature/portable dolly that creates the smooth, moving camera shots that you see in our videos. This one piece of gear alone creates that cinematic, hollywood feel. You will not see me filming a wedding without my Glide Track. :)
I have to admit, shooting weddings was fun before DSLR video came out, but I quickly got burned out. Holding a video camera, I felt limited, uncreative and boring. Not to mention, I don’t like the way a girl looks behind a video camera… it looks like a man’s job! But once I discovered people were starting to shoot video on DSLRs, it changed my life! I would look through the lens of a DSLR and was instantly inspired, creative and motivated! Life just looks cooler through a great lens!
I am re-freshed by the footage I have been getting, and my love for filming weddings has become a true passion of mine. Capturing beauty, love and joy on video is truly what I do best. :)