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10 Things You Must Know Between Videography And Cinematography

While most people have heard about wedding videography, little is known about the term “wedding cinematography”. For those who do not have much knowledge on photography, you will think that cinematography and videography can be used interchangeably.

However, for professionals, there is a clear distinction between these two terms.

As you are doing your research on wedding videography and wedding cinematography, you will notice that the rates for the latter is higher. But why is this so? What exactly is cinematography? And how is it different from videography? Read on to learn about the differences and it will help you in deciding which type of motion films* suits your preference better, and if cinematography really justify a higher cost.

*Motion films refer to both videography and cinematography combined.

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Definitions first:

[Wikipedia] Cinematography: The art or science of motion-picture photography by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation by means of a light-sensitive material such as film stock.

[Wikipedia] Videography: The process of capturing moving images on electronic media.

Mm.. seems like the definition isn’t of much help in explaining the differences. But no worries, let us break it down for you.

Below are some of the differences between videography and cinematography:

1) Cinematography is like filming a movie

It engages many different techniques and angles to enhance the atmosphere and the quality of the video. Videography, on the other hand, does not engage as much techniques to create a video montage.

2) A cinematographer uses film stock

On the other hand, a videographer uses any storage device like SD memory card, hard disk etc.

3) A cinematographer may use multiple cameras and different lenses for the camera

They also use professional cameras such as DSLR for video recording. Videography, in contrast, can be done with any video recording device, resulting in lower quality of video compared to cinematography.

4) Cinematographers usually work with a production team

To combine different effects into the video, cinematography involves more effort in piecing together your final video that you see during the wedding. Videographers usually work with a much smaller crew size or even working solo because minimal editing is required. They are also often known as a cameraman or a camera operator.

5) Time taken for finished product

The end product from a videographer will usually be a 2-3 hours video, but from a cinematographer, you will probably get only a 25 minutes short film. Sounds like a great deal from a videographer right? However, on a second thought, the 2-3 hours video would only be meaningful for the couples given that they are the main casts. If you want to play the 2-3 hours video during your wedding, it will probably be too draggy and unable to capture the attention of your audiences. Unlike the video, the short film will probably be more suitable for a wedding reception as it can take the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions within the short timeframe, telling a romantic story that touches deep into the audiences’ hearts.

In short, cinematography is a modernized version of videography.

As mentioned above, a wedding cinematography is the better option for a wedding reception. However, if the couple would like to keep the video for private viewing, a videography will be a better choice as every single moment is captured and it will be memories which you and your partner will be reminiscing about as time pass by.


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It can be a headache for couples to decide which motion film brands they should engage given that there are so many brands to choose from, and each brands offering several packages. Furthermore, in order to attract customers, some brands would offer very attractive prices providing similar packages as other brands. It may seem too good to be real…

Here are some tips when you’re signing up for a motion film package:

1) Always read the “What’s included” and “What’s excluded” in the package.

2) Most cinematographers work with a crew. So there might be hidden charges such as transport fees, additional crew’s pay etc. Fortunately, in Singapore, such issues are very rare.

3) Read the reviews from previous couples.

4) Couples have to be comfortable with the videographer around taking video footages of them. Hence, it will be good if you have a meet up session with the videographer before the actual shooting.

5) Most importantly, set your budget before signing any package.

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Got any ideas who you’d like to engage for your special day? Let us know!


Cheryl Ang lives to travel. Amongst the countries she has been too, she loves Italy and Greece the most. The countries on her bucket list include Scotland, Croatia and Iceland. A thrill seeker by nature, she is a fan of extreme sports. Following water rafting and flying fox across a valley in New Zealand, she is looking forward to sky-dive soon! With a strong passion for weddings, she has now joined Weddingbells.sg as a writer. Do watch this space for more exciting and interesting articles!

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