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Old October 25th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Wedding on the boat

We just did 3 wedding on a boat, both of them in a same day.

Shooting wedding on the boat a new to us and a bit challenging. The boat is not very big (it hold up to 40 people, 70ft) so we bring the 5D Mk2 to do the job. There are limited chose of view, us and the photographer pretty much ran out of ideas in the 2nd hours.

We gonna have 3 more job on this boat in the coming summer, any advise or tip for shoot on a boat?

oh, here is the boat.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 07:14 AM   #2
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3 weddings on boats on the same day? wow.. how did you do that.. lol

The boat looks very small.. I'm a sea sick person so no great advice will come from my side.. sorry for that..

one small advice from my experience shooting on a boat.. keep it simple.. don't zoom in too much because of the shake.

Good luck! I would love to hear how you went with it though! some tips and tricks to share??

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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:44 AM   #3
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Um, don't fall overboard... don't drop camera overboard...

Hmmm, from a slightly more practical aspect, I'd suggest a monopod or shoulder rig for the main camera - small footprint is critical, as is the ability to move to get your angle (not that it isn't always crucial, just it gets trickier on a moving platform!).

If you use/have any "fixed angle" (typically unmanned) cameras, get some small clamp type camera pods - you won't have the luxury of using tripods, but there's almost always a convenient railing or post to mount to, for your "cutaway" angles. If you've got something like an HV series or other HD "handycam" or two, you can lash 'em onto something and let them run for b-roll/cutaways.

You may want to try to schedule to get some of the photography/video shot dockside before or after (depending on the time of day) - once on the boat/ship your options and setups become highly limited, as you've discovered - and the smaller the craft, the fewer the options... this doesn't look like a "big" boat.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Are you asking for ideas relating to what shots to get? how to be more creative on that boat?

if so I think there's a number of cool shots you can get...

timelapse: fasten the camera to the front of the boat facing the rear with a wide lens on it, capture a timelapse with really slow shutter speed so when you play it the water and people walking around are all silky/blurry and the boat is solidly infocus, would work well for sunset (with auto exposure on) too.

you could see if the couple can drive the boat, get some shots of that

sunset sillhouette shots are probably excellent out on that boat

that's all I thought up right now but I'm sure there's tons of great ideas
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