Jerry.. not being full-time, my need for weddings is not at the same level as a full-timer. I've been doing weddings for 10 years and am happy with 8-10 weddings a year (but I won't say no to few more!).
I market through my Facebook page, my web site, and ALWAYS via referral sources. 95% of my referrals come from others who recommend me. Having said that, if I were to market like a 'normal' businessperson, I would go to bridal shows, sub-contract, look at advertising, etc. But I bet I STILL would get most of my referrals from DJs, photogs, venues, etc.
Dave... it looks great in HD and slo-mo. . . I would ask if the whole video is in slo-mo?
I know it isn't, but it would be nice to see a bit of full motion video from time to time... just to convince myself that the picture continues its clarity and richness regardless of the speed.
Yes, I do know that if it looks good in slo-mo, it will certainly look as good, or better, in full motion...
I watched it twice and don't think I saw any full motion pieces - even the blur piece of the couple running into a hug in front of the castle looks like slo-mo speeded up a bit...
Maybe it's just me. . .
It is a very fine demo of the clarity, sharpness, and richness of HD video - most excellent!
I'd give it three thumbs up, but I can't get anyone to lend me a hand... (grin) so two thumbs up from Earl J ... for what it's worth. . . (wink)
UPDATE: After watching one more time, I think I would add a bit of the real audio just under the music at certain spots... the bride laughing out loud; the bride with the group of girls shouting out loud; the throwing of the bouquet; and the dance where everyone is throwing their arms in the air at the same time ... not real loud, under the music, and barely perceptible.
The sound can play at regular speed even though the video is slo-mo ... and just long enough to give the video some audible reality ... so it does not really have to sync ... just a bit of audio ambiance for the video...
It is most excellent the way it is ... it's just my opinion to add sound ... and you know your target group more than I . . .
Earl J... I appreciate your comments! Slo-mo vs. real-time is always a point I grapple with (be pleased that I'm coming around to using CUTS rather than dissolves all the time!). Thanks for the great thoughts... I appreciate it. Dave
Jerry... you MADE my morning! I don't use a stabilizer! Nor do I stabilize shots in Vegas. What you see is just good, old fashioned steady hands! For short moves, my trick is to plant my feet or position my body where the shot is going to END... then contort/move my body to the starting point. I then hold my breath, relax my body, and make the move. It doesn't ALWAYS work, but I get lucky more times than not! For tracking shots (like following the bride and groom entering the reception), I either just walk as steady as I can cradling the camera, or I walk with my tripod held high.
I would love to use some sort of stabilizer system, but what I really want is the pro Steadicam that I used years ago with my BetacamSP camera... the whole enchilada: vest, spring arm, etc. Gosh I loved that thing. :-)
I can't contradict TeeTime, I respect him too much... (grin) and I like him as well. . . He is a great guy, a most excellent videographer and editor, and a great Vegas guru and teacher as well... I love you, man... (wink)
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I am also surprised - as I'm sure many others are as well - over you not using any post-production stabilizer ... it is simply amazing that your slo-mo renditions remain so crisp and clear... (shaking my head in disbelief) you have great skills, no doubt.
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On the sound issue, I watched your hospital videos, and they include just the sort of thing I was speaking of... especially the 1996 (?) one ... there was a bit of helicopter noise and some emergency room clatter and chatter ... I think that sort of thing really brings an otherwise informative quiet segment to life... again, just my opinion... (and I have a lot of them, can you tell?)
I'll bow out now... My normal opinion explanation applies; to wit: You're doing most excellent work; not that you need my approval or permission to do what you do. I'm just complimenting you on the work you do and the skill you bring to your projects... great work, Dave.
Promo looks good to me. My only critic I have would be the font (and background you chose for it)... I would have chosen something more elegant (with a drop shadow) and use less(no?) special effect glitter.
I would have never expected this answer. I would love to see a video of you doing one of these shots!
>Jerry... you MADE my morning! I don't use a stabilizer! Nor do I stabilize shots in Vegas. What you see is just good, old fashioned steady hands! For short moves, my trick is to plant my feet or position my body where the shot is going to END... then contort/move my body to the starting point. I then hold my breath, relax my body, and make the move.