More and more couples are choosing to forgo hiring a videographer and relying on the almighty smart phone to capture the special moments in their wedding. There is no denying that beautiful pictures and videos can be captured on smartphones, but there are a few reasons why they can't replace a videographer.
Phones are distracting
You will find that if you are asking guests to capture videos and pictures on their smartphones then just about every picture you get from them will have several phones in it. It will be difficult for anyone to get a clear shot of just you and your significant other because everyone will be trying to get the best shot possible. Not to mention, instead of watching you and your partner exchange your vows and revel in the moment with you, they will be watching your wedding through their phone. They won't get the full impact and will likely miss out on a lot.
Qaulity is an issue
Even if some of your guests have the latest and greatest smartphones, the quality of their pictures and videos will not be the best. Especially if your wedding is in the evening or there is low light. Most phones just are not equipped to take beautiful pictures and video in less than perfect lighting.
Vertical Video Syndrome
If you haven't heard of Vertical Video Syndrome, you learn more about it here. What this means for you and your smartphone wedding videos is that they might be difficult to view or share on anything that is not a smartphone because the proportions will be off. You could be left with dead space on either side of your video, which can be very unappealing.
If you have a smaller budget and are considering asking your guests to take videos instead of hiring a videographer, make sure you explain your situation to potential videographers. They are in this business because they love people in love and they may be able to offer a different package for you that would meet your needs!