Photography and Videography is very alien to a lot of us. If you've never branched into the never ending world of photo and video then it's daunting. One common question I've had several times over the years is "Can you do both photography and videography?".
In short, the answer is no. They use vastly similar equipment, and watching someone doing their job in either of these fields is quite similar. As a videographer I spend most of the day hanging out with the photographer and sometimes it can be hard to separate the two of us, which I understand.
Why Videography is Not Photography
In short, the size of image we shoot on video is much smaller than the size of image we shoot with photos. Video is anywhere between 24 and 30 frames per second (at regular speed). Meaning every second there are 24 photos on screen back to back. Still photos are huge. Absolutely huge in comparison, being able play back 24-30 of those every second requires enormous computing power, the kind most of us don't have access to. In order for video to be accessible we use smaller images!
One of the common misconceptions is that you may be able to pull one of these frames out from the video and use it as a still photo. Because the quality of each frame is so much lower this isn't the best way to get photos of your big day! As we can't shoot both photo and video at the same time, it means that we need to have both available to us in different formats. i.e. two different people!
The focus of a photography and videography is different as well. The way in which we tell stories comes about in two formats. Photographers capture snapshots of the day, frozen moments in time. That is what makes them so fantastic, you get a freeze frame of some of the most fantastic parts of the day. Moments you can print out and display to the world.
Videos are a continuous work in progress across the day, no single clip or moment can be used as the final product. When I am making videos I have to consider how each separate clip fits into the bigger picture. No single moment that I capture makes or break the video. That's what makes video so interesting, to me at least, that you can't get the full experience until you see the whole picture. The beauty of photos is that you can chase that perfect photo, the one shot that captures the mood and feeling of everything. Whereas with video I've always found there is more you can cut, add, and change. Now, I like the chasing of perfection that comes with that, but you have to find balance with these things!
It is so important for photographers and videographers to work together on the day of a wedding. There is so much going on, and we're both trying to do our jobs for twelve hours or more! Being able to keep out of each other's way, help where we can and support the art we're trying to create is vital. I've fortunately never had any issues doing this, everyone is always willing to work together on things and we're all in the marathon that is a wedding day together. I'm also in the lucky position that almost all weddings have a videography so there is always someone to hang out with!