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Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques January 7th, 2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,415
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Single shooters using glidecam/glidetrack/etc.

I've been a single shooter for 19 years and this year I will be starting to use an assistant to help me out too.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques November 20th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,518
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: DSLR wedding question

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LJ, during a church ceremony, there are many opportunities to start/stop the camera. Nothing really happens at a church ceremony that last longer than 3 minutes. Non church weddings can be a...
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 21st, 2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Chris, the 12 limit record time is really a non-issue because there are so many moments where you can start/stop a camera during a ceremony. Nothing really happens that's longer than 12 minutes.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques October 20th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,298
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Slider for weddings

I bought the IndieSlider and it was a total waste of money. Then I bought the DPslider and it's awesome.
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 20th, 2011, 07:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Chris, I don't feel DSLR users HAVE to rely on 2 camera's as I mentioned the 12 minute limit is really a non-issue. I shoot a church ceremony the same with with DSLRs as I did with my conventional...
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 17th, 2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Ha...as I said that my priest from this past weekend spoke for 18 minutes straight and I had to start/stop the camera around 12 minutes. I had another camera rolling so it wasn't a problem. I doubt...
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 17th, 2011, 05:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Lance, how do you get past the 12 minute limit with your 7D's on a tripod during the ceremony? Do you move around and monitor each camera during the service?



Ben, I'll jump in. The 12 minute...
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 16th, 2011, 07:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Ben, keep in mind the people giving you advice here have lots of experience. I've been shooting weddings for 19 years and when I first started, I wasn't running 3 cameras at once. I'd shoot the...
Forum: SPC - Single Person Crew October 16th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,200
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Tips for solo shooters

Ben, I shoot the ceremony with 3 cams. During communion, I start breaking down 1 or 2 of the cams and even load that gear into my car. I'll even move my car from the parking lot to behind the limo...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques October 10th, 2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,606
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Do you use a steady cam for weddings?

Art, do you use the manfrotto quick release plate? I find it difficult to balance with the quick release
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques October 10th, 2011, 05:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,606
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Do you use a steady cam for weddings?

I don't. Maybe one day I will, but by that time they may be out of style.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 26th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,662
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: How important is your business name?

"People Are Strange Productions" wouldn't work?
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 26th, 2011, 04:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,662
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: How important is your business name?

I use my own name and still send out 3 freelance shooters ( I charge less for them). Make sure your name tells what you offer. I shoot DSLR but since I don't shoot film, I don't call myself a...
Forum: Wedding & Event Video Sample Clips Gallery September 22nd, 2011, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,206
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: my first SDE, went great!

Lindsey reall hit up on all the great insight. I really enjoyed your film and agree with Lindsey on those same points.
Forum: Wedding & Event Video Sample Clips Gallery September 21st, 2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,036
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Karin + Martin - Highlights

wow..awesome! great job!
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 20th, 2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,537
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Photographer Schedule. What about Video Schedule?

The most important shots for me are the bridal prep so I usually arrive a few hours before the photog. When the bride schedules a big gap in between the ceremony and reception for the photog, it...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 14th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,709
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: How Much Video Is "Staged"

Travis, what do you do when you arrive at the brides prep and the makeup girl has the bride under really bad lighting? I'm running into this just about every wedding. It seems every wedding the...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 14th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,012
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Reception Audio Help Please

Katie, the Zoom H4N comes in a plastic case. I keep that plastic case in my camera bag and at the end of the reception that empty plastic case reminds me to grab my Zoom from the DJ. If you are...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 14th, 2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,709
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: How Much Video Is "Staged"

Would staging be the videographer coming up with an idea and then telling them to do it or would it be they are going to do something anyway and the videographer says.."wait, let me get into...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 13th, 2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,132
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Solution for wedding speeches

Chris, I'm with you. I wish they spoke from a podium here in the States. I had a wandering Best Man just last week.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 11th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,334
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: highlight video ONLY

I rarely see friends/family videotaping during the wedding.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 11th, 2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,158
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Filming permission from guests?

Peter, you should have it in your contract that the bride signs so she is responsible. She is hiring you.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 11th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,376
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Shutter Speed/180˚ rule

I like filming the reception dancing at 125 shutter bc it gives a cool night club effect feel when their is a DJ with dance floor lights. Outdoors, I'll constantly shoot up to 4000 on a bright sunny...
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 11th, 2011, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,730
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: Smallest audio recorder

You can also buy the H1 at certain Best Buy stores for $100.
Forum: Wedding / Event Videography Techniques September 10th, 2011, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,991
Posted By Michael Simons
Re: just got the manfrotto 561HDV monopod

I also carry a small socket wrench in my bag bc the legs (not the feet) tend to get loose. You'll feel the monopod "shrink" on you. So it's good to have a socket wrench handy.
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