what is wedding cinematography?


Cinematography is actually often confused as to what the term means. It refers to the creation of motion picture images.

So to create cinematography or be a cinematographer requires a mastery and understanding of cinematic techniques. The tricky thing is that that language of cinematography is vast and elaborate, and therefore for a studio to use the phrase cinematography or cinematographer, they should have mastered most of the cinematic techniques that are used by professional film makers in Hollywood.

The truth is that some videographers are producing videos and some are producing cinematography depending on the level of their understanding and training as film makers.

Cinematography allows the production quality and storytelling of a wedding film to be elevated more than a few notches to create a piece that has the same visual and emotional impact of a well scripted movie.


How did Wedding Cinematography evolve?

It was around 2006 that some wedding film makers in Canada and a few other countries started to use higher quality cameras and lenses in multi camera production weddings that suddenly began to resemble cinematic movies.

These film makers began the journey of refining their craft and integrating cinematic techniques into wedding films.  It was this journey that led us to produce wedding cinematography Brisbane as a major part of Divine Studios.


How does the dSLR camera fit into wedding cinematography?

The dSLR ( digital single-lens reflex camera ) first came onto the market around 2002, yet it was not until 2009 that Canon introduced video to the dSLR

We remember purchasing our first dSLR video camera with video capability ( 5D mk2 ) in 2009 and knew the amazing picture quality that this camera produced before we bought it as

Canon had commissioned a cinematographer to capture some before the camera was released.


What other equipment is needed for wedding cinematography that would not be used by a wedding videographer?


There is a vast range of stabilisation and audio equipment that is used by high quality wedding cinematographer.

The awesomeness of the end film has a lot to do with the professional training of  the cinematographer as well as their overall talent, yet photography and cinematography are crafts.

You could compare it to watch makers whereby the quality and standard of the watches is dependant on the training and experience and legacy of previous watch makers. That being said the devices that wedding cinematographers employ for cinematic wedding films include…


* camera sliders or dollys ( used to give footage where the camera is slowly moving from side to side, forward and backwards  or up and down )
* steadicams ( where the camera is held on a stabiliser in the hand which is often supported by a mechanical arm and vest to enable stabilised moving shots )
* jibs or cranes ( these are often used in movies throughout for establishing shots, and especially opening and closing shots in the movie )
* shotgun microphones and high quality field recorders ( used for broadcast quality audio that is often taken for granted. )
* high quality tripods and monopods.


Audio is definitely the most underestimated element of any type of film or movie.  You see as you the viewer are watching the movie, it is easy to forget that half the movie is audio.

To capture broadcast quality audio on a directed movie set can be very difficult, yet to do that on a live event such as a wedding day and capture to the same standard of a cinematic feature film is virtually impossible.  Wedding cinematographers are continually pushing the boundary of what is possible in terms of the production quality of the films.


How does working with a wedding cinematographer differ from a videographer?

In being fair,  the phrase wedding cinematographer should only be used to describe those professionals who have a full understanding, training and education in cinematic film techniques as well as the equipment that enables a variety of cinematic shots to be captured throughout the film. One should expect a professional level of image quality throughout the film as well as visual storytelling techniques to be used.


So with the wedding cinematographer, you could normally expect two cinematographers to be filming the wedding. This will give the best results providing both cinematographers have a high standard of experience and training. This is why your investment in the wedding film will almost always be reflected in the quality of the film you receive.

The additional investments of couples at the high end of the financial investments in their wedding film will obviously be receiving films that reflect their investments.

Multiple day coverage of the event, interstate and overseas travel, additional film making tools such as helicam operators.  Additional and longer film edits as well as due to often being very large weddings, there will often be an adequate team to fully capture the scale of the event, meaning there may even be up to 10 or 15 film makers involved in the wedding.

We have seen all types of weddings and love everything from the extravagant multi million dollar wedding to the intimate family orientated 50 guest wedding. For us it is all about the story of the couple, the families and the emotion and vibe of the day.


regards, Normy B




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