What's the difference between a Cinematographer and a Videographer?
I'm sure you're wondering if Cinematographers & Videographers are in fact 2 different things. I'll do my best to explain.
Wedding videography started almost 40 years ago. The ability to record video was something only a few could afford and the cost of film was very expensive. So, when Sony introduced the first consumer camcorder in the early 80's they successfully placed these devices in to the hands of the masses. And when you combine a camcorder with the average Joe, add some editing software and one too many video effects you get the wedding video look from the 90's. Not to mention the negative reputation of interfering with the reception formalities and damaging the mood with the bright lights required to produce a good quality image at that time. With little experience and a lack of knowledge a negative impression on the client would linger in the wedding industry for the next two decades. Today, not much has changed with wedding videographers, although some have laid off the heavy graphics and upgraded their camcorders to a higher quality picture they still often use bright lights on cameras and produce a documentary style wedding video that can easily exceed 2 hours. Most of these videos will include preparation footage, the entire ceremony, maybe some portrait coverage and the full reception formalities.
In 2008, Canon brought the ability to record 1080 HD video on a photo camera. It was a huge game changer and had the look and feel of a big budget Hollywood film. It was now in the consumers hands with interchangeable lenses creating a shallow depth of field and creamy skin tones. All this means is that it looked like an actual movie and had every bride, groom and film maker turning their heads to this new look. Thus the Cinematographer was born. A wedding Cinematographer takes a more cinematic approach which in essence he or she will use special equipment to add more production value to the final product such as adding drone coverage and setting up lights strategically off camera for your reception just as you would on a movie set. These films are much shorter, typically 10 to 30 minutes in length. A Cinematographer will help tell your story by Directing scenes throughout your day much like a photographer would whereas a videographer might be less hands on and will focus more on documenting the day as it unfolds.
In post production (the editing process after the wedding) the goal of a wedding cinematographer is to create a film that is worthy of the "Big Screen", even if it will only ever be played on a home Television. While a Videographer will also include titles, effects and incorporate music into your video your story will be told generally as it all played out.
Always remember, “A videographer documents the day and a Cinematographer creates Art and your wedding is his or her canvas for the day.