Why Natural Light is Essential to Your Wedding Day Video

Bride in white wedding gown walking into the distance bathed in natural light

Natural light is ideal for making your wedding day videos perfect. The more time that I can film your wedding in natural light, the more breathtaking footage we will actually have. There are ways to get around having limited ideal light on the day of filming, but it is always better.

Top 3 Benefits of the Right Light in Video

1 || Natural Light is a Critical Skill Set for Videographers

Learning how to see, manipulate and utilize light is the most critical skill set a wedding videographer will learn. These skills are different if the light is natural and artificial. They also break down into many individual skills that can be learned at one time.

In terms of natural light, a lot of these skills are easy to learn and put into practice right away as they don’t take a lot of extra equipment to set the scene. For example, you can read a tutorial on using an area open shade to diffuse and soften the light. Then put it into immediate practice ten minutes later.

Because of this, all these tricks are the most practiced and used to make your beautiful wedding videos.

2 || Cameras are Designed for This

A new videographer working their way through the technical basics of their camera, such as metering, aperture, and shutter speed, is most likely learning with the most available type of light. Thereby they are improving both their camera and lighting skills simultaneously. The best way to test these skills as they are being learned is to do it all in natural light since all cameras are designed to be used in this way first.

3 || I Want You To Look Amazing

And one of the most important aspects of having natural light, for myself and for your wedding day video, is that it gives the most opportunity for me to reproduce perfect colors on skin tones. 

Meaning you look AMAZING and your authentic self.

So What if There is Limited Natural Light on Your Wedding Day?

Do not panic. I will still make sure you have wonderful footage of your amazing day. There are plenty of things that I can do to cast an artistic spin on your video and tools to make sure that nothing is missed.

First, I can take advantage of the environment

I can play with shadows to create interesting silhouettes. This is actually one of my lighting preferences. I love to document in moderate light scenarios to create an effect that is really cinematic. An environment without plenty of natural light is not the worse thing to happen.

Second, artificial lighting provided by myself is another option.

If I don’t have enough natural light to “save” my highlights on the image, I have artificial lighting as another option. I use expensive technical light which matches the intensity and quality. But this is preferred to be kept as a secondary option.

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