There’s plenty of wedding jargon out in the world, but here’s a list of popular terms regarding video and videography. This gives you some ideas about how your Cleveland Wedding Videographer will frame and capture your wedding.
Cue: A cue signals the start, end or might be used to help aid what’s going on in front of the camera. You might not even receive a cue, and your wedding videographer will most likely will be filming more often than not!
Cut: instant change from one shot to another. This is a term for editing. Your video might cut from one scene to another. There may also be a slow cut or a fast cut depending on the editing.
Fade: Sometimes ‘fade out’, ‘fade to black/white’. This is when a video or image is dissolved or transitioned to a blank screen. Usually used as an end piece to a video project, but can be used at various times in the project.
Field of View: Videographers will use this term to explain what is visible in their current shot. For instance, let’s say their field of view includes the wedding cake but doesn’t include a vase of flowers. The videographer would change the field of view to grab both elements.
Depth of Field: the distance between the nearest and furthest objects that appear in focus within a scene. This is controlled by the camera’s aperture and is utilized to create some of our most cinematic shots.
Aperture: similar to the pupil of the human eye, aperture is a hole within the lens controlling the brightness of the image that falls upon the sensor. The narrower the aperture, the larger the depth of field will be. Your videographer will use a wide aperture for your most cinematic shots.
ISO: the sensitivity of the camera’s digital sensor to light. The lower the ISO, the darker the image will appear. A large ISO will brighten the image, but could also create noise or “graininess”. Videographers will most commonly adjust ISO and aperture to create the exact look desired.
Shutter Speed: measured in fractions of a second, shutter speed measures the length of time the camera’s shutter is open. Shutter speed affects how much motion blur will appear in the video, a faster shutter speed resulting in less motion blur.
Frame Rate: The rate a shutter captures video during one singular seconds. Frame rates include, but are not limited to, 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60.
Pans: singular movements which move on a horizontal plane. Imaging standing still while your vision moves from left to right.
Tilts: the same idea as a pan, but on a vertical plane instead of a horizontal.
Resolution: the number of pixels contained in the video, such as 640x480, 1280x720 and 1920x1080. The higher the resolution, the higher quality one receives.
Saturation: This term refers to the color within the image, specifically how much color is free of white light. Of course, for a wedding, there’s going to be some kind of white, right?
Rule of Thirds: A rather artist composition theory which believes that a video/photo is most ‘appealing’ when it places important elements on the lines which cut a video in three pieces. Pretty tough to think about, right? Imagine the square which is your computer screen! Imagine two lines coming down to cut your monitor in three parts. Those two lines and the areas close to it, apparently hold beauty within our vision.
Zoom shots: Zoom Shots can make the field of vision larger or smaller by shifting the zoom lens. This might be used to show the wedding couple in the larger venue, and then zoomed in on themselves. Fast zooms are definitely not for weddings! You would want slow zooms for a smooth finish.