Weddings GONE VIRTUAL
Asian Photography|November 2020
Weddings Gone Virtual, how should couples and wedding photographers navigate the new digital waves
NITYAPRIYA KALIYATH

Although the pandemic has put a spanner in the works, wedding bells are still ringing – and that too, online! It might seem that the big fat Indian wedding has taken a break but that’s not the case. Couples are increasingly moving online with their wedding - whether it’s selecting the venue, shopping or the ceremony itself - by engaging the services of live-streaming apps and websites.

So in this age of Weddings Gone Virtual, how should couples and wedding photographers navigate the new digital waves?

Tour The Wedding venue virtually

Gone are the days of people hopping from places to places care-free; we now gauge the necessity of stepping out wherever we go. We are relying more and more on the virtual world to fulfil our needs. So when it comes to choosing your wedding venue, why not go the virtual route too?

Some wedding venues will offer you stills or virtual experiences of the space. If you cannot visit the venue, hop onto their website and look at what all they have got to offer. Besides this, you can even ask the wedding venue operator to give you a virtual tour in real-time through any of the video-calling apps at your disposal – FaceTime, Whatsapp Video Call, Zoom, Skype or Google Meet. Book an appointment in advance, note down your questions and concerns and ask them once you get the virtual tour.

*Opportunity for Photographers - 360° Virtual Tours of Wedding Venues:

Photographers can offer wedding venue owners the services of filming a 360° virtual tour of the venue along with thoughtfully captured stills. These 3600 virtual tours should be shot in such a way that they provide an immersive experience – the couple watching the video should be sent into a world of imagination where they live the experience of walking down the venue. Sequence the tour to match the path an actual person might take while exploring the venue for the first time to give the viewer a real feel.

3600 virtual tours of wedding venue should convey the grandeur of the place. So, make it a point to capture all stunning details – the entrance of the venue, the ceiling adorned with chandeliers, the ornate décor, the stage, the dining hall and the rest of the unique spaces.

Stills captured with a 3600 view are also known as 3600 Photography or 3600 Panoramic Photography. You can use a Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical camera or DSLR with fisheye or wide eye lenses and a panoramic head.

Virtual shopping sprees

Even though stores are open now, going out to crowded places is still risky, especially when the number of cases is mounting up daily. So why not shop for your wedding couture from the comfort of your own home?

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