Last year, I wanted to test how micro 4/3 format cameras were behaving in weddings. I had already tested them in studio, on commercial shoots, in lifestyle, for food photography and for events. All that was left for me to try were weddings and I had the chance to test it on June 15th, 2013. My friend Véronique Boudrias from Colimacie Studio was the official photographer for the day and after talking with the couple, they all welcomed me on the big day. Marie-Pascale and Gabriel are charming and kind and I thank them for the opportunity they gave me. I also wanted to test hybrid photography: a mix of stills and videos to tell a story. On the wedding day, I filmed small clips and recorded the sound to help me build a short video.
The gear I used for the day:
- Olympus OM-D E-M5
- Olympus E-PM2
- Panasonic 20mm f/1.7
- Olympus 45mm f/1.8
- Olympus 75mm f/1.8
- Rokinon Fisheye 7,5mm f/3.5
- Tripod and Cinemover
Here is the hybrid video of the wedding day:
Some important things I noted after that day:
- My backpack with 2 cameras, 4 lenses, batteries, SD cards, filters, sound recorder etc. weighted 4kg (under 9 lbs) instead of the usual 18kg. My back was much happier.
- Not once did I miss my 5D Mark II. I didn't even think about my full frame gear that was sitting in my office. You can be your own judge of the quality of the pictures taken on that day (below).
- It's really hard (almost impossible) to take stills AND videos by myself. For the bride's prep, it is fairly easy because the rhythm is slow but for the ceremony, it's a lot tougher unless you stick with fix cameras. It's especially hard at the key moments like the big entrance, the kiss and the exit. For a good hybrid product, you should really be at least two people.
- For a dynamic video, you need a lot of small clips from different angles. The learning curve in video is steep and I still have a lot of things to learn.
- Sound! That's an art by itself. Crappy sound = crappy video. I need to learn a LOT to get better.