What I Learned from Vlogging as a Groomsman at my Best Friend’s Wedding
Last weekend, I attended my buddy Alex’s wedding in Redondo Beach, CA as part of the wedding party. In addition to my groomsman duties and my weekly vlogging responsibilities, I was declared the unofficial videographer for the wedding. Needless to say, it was a very hectic weekend, and even now, I still haven’t been able to catch my breath.
Now don’t get me wrong — I absolutely loved every minute of the experience! Filming my best friend’s wedding was such an honor, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, there were a couple technical difficulties that, in hindsight, I wish I could have avoided.
Here’s what I learned:
- Always pack external hard drives with care. I filmed a ton of footage during the days leading up to the wedding, but when I arrived at home to review the files I had transferred, my computer had issues reading my external hard drive. Admittedly, it probably didn’t help that I threw the hard drive into my luggage bag and had it tossing around in there. In the future, not doing that would likely help — and I’ll start using solid state drives.
- Make sure your external microphone is not set to +20dB! Yeah, I was a dope — what an awful mistake it is to have your audio sound like it was recorded out of a megaphone. I really should have known better and checked the setting throughout the wedding, but my mind was running around everywhere that evening. I’m just grateful that I found a solution to help repair the distortion somewhat after the fact.
- Upgrade to a camera with autofocus. This is an issue I’ve been aware of for some time now, and one of the main reasons I don’t shoot video as often as I’d like with my DSLR camera. I found ways to circumvent this issue during the wedding, but autofocus is definitely a luxury that I’m starting to feel is a necessity.
- There are tools available to improve the quality of grainy videos. Weddings tend to run late into the night, and so, a lot of the footage can look grainy. Much of the dance floor footage was filmed in very poor lighting conditions, so I researched ways to remove the grain, and fortunately found an amazing solution.
- Enjoy the moment. I realized during the wedding that there are only so many places I can be at a given time; if I’m standing beside the alter as one of the groomsmen, I can’t be actively filming the ceremony as it’s happening — and that is fine! I learned that what was important for my buddy Alex is that all of his friends and family were present to share this amazing moment with him. In these tight situations, I learned to just forget about capturing the moment on video and instead just live in the moment.
Congratulations again, Alex and Karla!