Sony Settings

To capture great footage at a wedding with a timeless feel using the Sony A7iii and/or FX3, you'll want to focus on settings that enhance detail, color, and lighting, while maintaining a classic and cinematic quality. Here are the recommended settings, keeping in mind the importance of 4K for high-quality resolution:

1. **Resolution and Frame Rate:**

- Set your camera to 4K resolution.

- For a cinematic look, choose a frame rate of 24 fps (frames per second). If you want to create slow-motion footage in post-production, consider shooting at 60 fps or higher, but remember that you'll need to conform this back to 24 fps in editing for that smooth slow-motion effect.

2. **Picture Profile:**

- Use a Picture Profile that allows for greater dynamic range and color grading in post-production. S-Log3 (found in PP8 or PP9 in Picture Profiles) is a good choice, as it captures more details in shadows and highlights.

- Set the Color Mode to S-Gamut3.Cine for a broader color space, which is beneficial for color grading.

3. **ISO and Exposure:**

- Keep the ISO as low as possible to reduce noise, ideally around ISO 800 if lighting conditions permit.

- Utilize the camera’s built-in ND filters to control exposure in bright environments.

- Use zebra stripes to monitor exposure levels, aiming for proper exposure without losing details in highlights.

4. **Focus Settings:**

- Use Continuous AF for moving subjects, like during a ceremony or reception dance.

- Consider manual focus for controlled situations, like staged couple shots, for precise focusing.

5. **Shutter Speed:**

- Follow the 180-degree shutter rule for a natural motion blur. This means setting your shutter speed to double your frame rate (e.g., for 24 fps, use a shutter speed of 1/48 or the closest available, 1/50).

6. **White Balance:**

- Set white balance manually according to the lighting conditions. Avoid auto white balance to maintain consistent color temperature throughout the shoot.

7. **Audio Settings:**

- If capturing audio, set levels manually and monitor them. Consider using external microphones for better audio quality, especially during vows or speeches.

8. **Stabilization:**

- Utilize the camera’s in-body stabilization (Active SteadyShot) for handheld shots to minimize camera shake.

9. **Recording Format:**

- Choose XAVC S-I 4K for high-quality intra-frame recording, which is beneficial for detailed editing work.

Remember, these settings provide a good starting point, but always be prepared to adjust based on the specific lighting and environmental conditions at each wedding. Also, consider shooting some test footage before the event to ensure everything looks as expected.

In addition to the camera settings, AKS will providing a memory card for the primary recording. However, to ensure maximum data safety and backup, please also shoot onto a secondary memory card. This dual recording approach acts as an immediate backup, safeguarding against any potential data loss or card failure.

After the event, store the footage from the backup card securely for at least 6 months. This practice is vital to ensure that we have a fail-safe in case any issues arise with the primary footage. Regularly check the integrity of the backup data and keep it in a safe, controlled environment to protect it from physical damage or data corruption.

Objectives

As a second videographer at a wedding, your role is crucial in complementing the primary videographer's coverage, ensuring a comprehensive capture of the event. Here are some key objectives to focus on:

1. **Groom Preparation (if applicable):**

- Document the groom's preparation process, capturing moments like dressing up, interactions with groomsmen, and any special traditions or moments.

- Pay attention to details such as the groom's attire, accessories (watch, cufflinks, etc.), and candid moments with family and friends.

2. **Alternate Angles and Perspectives:**

- Provide different angles of key moments that the primary videographer is capturing, such as the ceremony, vows, and speeches. This adds depth and variety to the final edit.

- Capture reactions and emotions of guests and family members during these moments.

3. **B-Roll Footage:**

- Film B-roll that includes the venue, decorations, and other details that set the scene and mood of the wedding.

- Include shots of the wedding party, guests arriving, and candid moments that occur throughout the day.

4. **Guest Interactions:**

- Focus on guests mingling, laughing, and enjoying the day. These shots add warmth and life to the wedding video.

- Capture special interactions, like the couple’s parents, close family members, and children at the wedding.

5. **Backup Coverage:**

- Be ready to step in for the primary videographer if needed, for example, if they need to change equipment or take a break.

- Stay aware of the day’s schedule and major events so you can be in the right place at the right time.

6. **Creative Shots:**

- Look for unique and creative shots that might be missed by the primary videographer. This could include things like reflections, silhouettes, or framing through doorways or floral arrangements.

- Experiment with different lenses or shooting techniques for artistic effects.

7. **Post-Ceremony and Reception:**

- Capture moments like the couple’s exit from the ceremony, arrival at the reception, first dance, cake cutting, and party scenes.

- Record any special performances, speeches, or surprises planned for the reception.

8. **Collaboration and Communication:**

- Maintain constant communication with the primary videographer. This ensures coverage is coordinated and all important moments are captured without redundancy.

- Be flexible and adapt to changing situations or unexpected moments that often occur at weddings.

Remember, your role as the second videographer is not just to provide additional footage, but to offer a unique and complementary perspective to the primary videographer’s work, ensuring a rich and well-rounded narrative of the couple’s special day.

Guidelines

1. **Early Arrival and Venue Orientation:**

- Aim to arrive well in advance of the scheduled start time. This allows ample time to navigate traffic, locate the venue, and identify the service entrance (which should be used exclusively for entry and exit).

- Early arrival is crucial for a stress-free start, giving you time to familiarize yourself with the venue layout and any specific areas designated for the event.

2. **Equipment Setup and Charging Stations:**

- Allocate sufficient time for loading in and setting up your equipment. Ensure everything is in working order before the shoot begins.

- If you have multiple devices that require charging (such as cameras, batteries, and audio equipment), identify a suitable charging station as soon as you arrive. This ensures all equipment is fully charged and ready for use throughout the event.

3. **Readiness for Scheduled Start Time:**

- Be completely set up and ready to start shooting at the designated start time. This punctuality is essential for capturing early moments and demonstrates professionalism and reliability.

4. **Dress Code – All Black Suit (Tie Optional):**

- Adhere to a professional dress code by wearing an all-black suit. This attire is not only professional but also unobtrusive, allowing you to blend in with the surroundings and not distract from the event.

- Wearing a tie is optional, but if chosen, ensure it aligns with the all-black color scheme.

Remember, following these guidelines is key to ensuring a smooth, efficient, and professional shooting experience. It reflects positively on both your individual professionalism and the reputation of our studio.