Carberry Tower Wedding Video

Caberry Tower Wedding Film

Carberry Tower just outside Musselburgh is a beautiful venue and this was my first time shooting a wedding video there which was just a pleasure.

I shoot my cinematic wedding videos all over Scotland which often involves a lot of travelling which can be fun but also during the height of the wedding season quite exhausting, Carberry Tower is super convenient being a very short trip from my house.

I found that the staff at Carberry Tower were excellent – very helpful which always makes my job shooting wedding videos much easier.

I arrived on the day and started capturing my cinematic establishing shots as I always do a good couple of hours before the ceremony to make sure I’m not rushed having plenty of time of time to find all the best shots.

Directly below you will find the highlights film from Leanne & Christopher’s wedding video at Carberry Tower, you can also view it at the very bottom of this post.  All images are frame exports from the wedding video.

If you are interested in having a wedding video at Carberry Tower just get in touch to check my availability – mail@inspirevideo.co.uk  www.inspirevideo.co.uk

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Peebles Hydro Hotel Wedding Video – Ruth & Calum

It was an absolute pleasure to film Ruth & Callum’s wedding video at St Pauls Church in Galashiels and Peebles Hydro Hotel.

You can view their wedding highlight video directly below and at the very bottom of this blog post.  The images are frame exports from the wedding video.

If you are looking for a videographer for you wedding at Peebles Hydro Hotel or St Pauls Church in Galashiels please get in touch to check my availability.  www.inspirevideo.co.uk


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Hen Night Idea Edinburgh – Music Video!

Ideas for Hen nights and Stag nights tend to not be very original.  I think with people’s lives being ever more public with social media services like facebook, twitter and instagram the pressure to come up with original ideas is just getting stronger.  A group of girls definitely had a fantastic idea for a hen night when they decided it would be great fun to spend a few hours in the evening before their meal shooting a music video.  They contacted a few videographers in Edinburgh to find out who was available and to get some quotes.  I was one of the Edinburgh based videographers they contacted and after seeing the quality of my work and listening to some of my ideas were very happy to proceed with myself.

I have to say I was really excited to get involved as shooting a music video for a hen do sounded like such a fun idea!

Suzanne ‘the hen’ was bursting with enthusiasm and loved performing, she really had the lip syncing nailed.  We all brought ideas to the table and I encouraged anyone who had something they wanted to try to speak up as it would be much more fun for them the more input they had.

Take a look at the resulting video directly below, maybe a music video could be the perfect idea for your Hen do or Stag do in Edinburgh, Glasgow or anywhere in Scotland.

Get in touch for a chat and a quote – mail@inspirevideo.co.uk 07962070448

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Cinechopper University Review

Cinechopper University ReviewI recently started getting into aerial video and when I ever get into anything I seriously get into it.  I devoured hours and hours of content on YouTube relating to flying multi-rotor UAV’s and shooting aerial video.

I am going to get my qualification very soon to fly my quadcopter commercially which is just incredibly exciting.  I want to make sure I know as much about this stuff as possible and when I stumbled across a website called ‘Cinechopper University’ I thought it sounded fantastic.  It was created by a seasoned professional aerial videographer who has shot lots of professional content.

Cinechopper University ReviewI’ll give you an idea of where I was after around 6 weeks of purchasing a DJI Phantom 2.  I had already watched many hours of free content online, attached the Zenmuse 3 axis gimble,added FPV, upgraded antenna’s, added iOSD mini for telemetry, replaced the receiver for an upgraded transmitter – a Futaba 14SG which I had programmed myself (including exponential controls), upgraded props, started using a transmitter tray and been out shooting almost every day to practice.  It was after learning and doing all this I decided to try a Cinechopper University membership.

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Some of the tutorials available on cinechopper university

I have to say I was quite disappointed – everything is a bit too brief for my liking – I think the label of university was the problem, it raised my expectations too much.  Maybe ‘school’ or just ‘tutorials’ would have been more appropriate to the amount of info provided.  You do after all go to university with a solid education already in place and come out extremely well-educated – well beyond what you started with.

There isn’t really anything here that you can’t find for free on YouTube – and in much greater detail.  If you are literally just getting started and haven’t watched anything already it’s probably worth getting the month membership, watching the videos one evening and then cancelling it.  It will give you a nice overview of the things you will most likely want to learn about in more detail – which you can do for free elsewhere.

If you’re interested in learning more you can visit cinechopper university here – http://cinechopperuniversity.com/

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Graupner Props and the DJI Phantom – An Odyssey

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I have literally looked at every possible avenue of upgrade in an attempt to squeeze the absolute pinnacle of filming performance from the DJI Phantom 2.

One alteration that seems to be fairly common when it comes to Phantom mods is replacement props – often opting for a less flexible material like carbon fibre. I had no idea it would prove to be the most time-consuming and frustrating upgrade I have tried.

I have been pretty happy with the results using the stock DJI self tightening props although it would seem I can still get some rolling shutter jello on the GoPro in high wind – whether a harder prop will cause less vibration in higher winds or while pushing the speed of the Phantom to the limit is something I intend to find out.

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I watched a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6z04r2OZtE) showing a comparison between a few different props on the Phantom and the difference in vibrations caused. The best in the test were the 3 bladed 9-5” E Props from Graupner. Made from a reinforced plastic they have much less flex and actually give less flight time than the stock props, like the tester though I was interested in how they perform for filming.

I live in the UK and unfortunately they don’t seem to be a widely stocked item, the only retailer I could find who stocked them was based in America. After waiting six days they arrived and my excitement was immediately replaced with a deep disappointment when I realised they are sold individually and not in pairs – cue a prompt second order.

In the mean time I was figuring out how best to mount the two Graupner props I had to the DJI motors. I watched a tutorial on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJMrGobdsVg) and followed their instructions. I ran into problem number one. The M6 nyloc nuts are commonly threaded in the standard clockwise direction but you also need counter-clockwise versions for two of the four motors – these are not readily available anywhere in the would it would seem.

I then purchased some of the nuts designed for the original Phantom that didn’t have stock self tightening props. The issue with these and the Graupner props is their movement stops before reasonable contact is made with the prop. In the YouTube video they used a rubber washer between the motor and the prop and I decided it would maybe be more balanced if I used a metal washer so purchased a bag of steel M6 washers. They had to go on between the prop and the nut and I then discovered that even though the nut will now fully tighten against the prop the prop would still move when some reasonable pressure was applied. In all fairness it isn’t likely that kind of pressure would ever occur in the air and if you did crash that movement may save both prop and motor.

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I wanted to tighten the bolt more to be safe. The trouble with these Graupner props is the hub is wide than the stock DJI’s which means you can’t fit the little tool DJI provide you with to grip the motors with due to the shape. I was advised by my girlfriends Dad who is a very handy man to file the tool which would allow it to slip on with the Graupners in place. Pictured below is the result of some vigorous filing.

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It worked fantastically! Here comes a massive word of warning however… Do not over tighten the bolts on your DJI motors – or any motors I would imagine.

I kept tightening, checking and tightening until I completely removed the threaded part of the motor. I can say with only metal making contact with the props you will never get it tight to the point of not being able to move the prop at all – you will damage the metal on the motor first.

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Bloody disaster. I ordered a replacement motor which I’m sure will be a fun experience to fit involving some soldering work.

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For now though having started the process of trying some new props it has taken nearly three weeks and I’m still waiting on the second two Graupner props and the replacement motor to arrive. It really is proving to be quite an unexpected ordeal and I’m left thinking – is this upgrade really going to be worth it? I’ll let you know in Part 2 of this blog.

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Middleton Hall Wedding Photography

Working as a wedding photographer at Middleton Hall in Northumberland was an absolute pleasure.  I was truly blessed with a fantastic couple to compliment my first experience doing wedding photography at Middleton Hall.

It was late in the year however at the end of December and the one thing that didn’t work out was the weather.  I rained heavily all day which was a real shame as the grounds are so beautiful and provide many fantastic photographic opportunities.

Middleton Hall is perfect for wedding photography even on a rainy day, the interior is beautiful with loads of great opportunities for fantastic shots.

Please enjoy this selection of the wedding photographs from the album I put together from my first wedding at Middleton Hall.  Please note this is not the complete album.

I started the wedding day at Middleton Hall by photographing some nice detail shots.

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The rooms in Middleton Hall are large and light which allowed for some great shots as everyone got prepared in the morning.
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A moment not to be missed is the first time the Father of the Bride lays eyes on his daughter in her wedding dress.  I captured a small sequence of shots and left them to some privacy to enjoy a moment before the ceremony.
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The ceremony was beautiful set in Middleton Hall’s main hall and using a range of lenses I was able to discreetly move around and capture a nice variety of shots from intimate close-ups to ultra-wide shots of the whole room.  With the huge Christmas tree Middleton Hall certainly looks great at Christmas!

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The very talented Eddie Miller who was entertaining everyone after the ceremony with an acoustic set.

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We were really up against the clock when it came to capturing some images of just the Bride and Groom.  We tried a couple of different rooms with some more traditional shots before trying something a little more fun!

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Photographing a Bride & Groom in a bathroom may sound a bit odd but it was their suggestion!  The bath featured in the bathroom below was originally on a ship and I immediately knew it would be great fun using it for some photos.  It only took a few minutes before everyone piled in and I just started snapping away trying to capture the energy and fun everyone was having!

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The big group shot was a lot of fun as everyone was just having a great time and I think you can really see it in these images.

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The main hall had been set up for the evening meal and looked truly magical when it was ready with all the candles and tables set up.

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I like to work in a very discreet manner and during a speech someone actually mentioned they weren’t sure where I was but I popped up from crouching on my knees between a few tables to reassure them I was still there!  That’s how discreet I am!  Middleton Hall Wedding PhotographerMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographyNorthumberland Wedding PhotographyMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographerMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographyNorthumberland Wedding PhotographyMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographerMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographyNorthumberland Wedding PhotographyMiddleton Hall Wedding PhotographerMiddleton Hall Wedding Photography

We did the group shots after the meal as we had far more time and space to work with at this point and we had a great time shooting them.  This wall in the great hall at Middleton Hall was a great interior backdrop to work with.

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Once the evening reception was under way I set up my off camera flashes to capture some great dancing shots.  Off camera flash looks so much better than on camera and you can do some very creative shots like the one just below.

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The first dance was a lot of fun to shoot, the great hall at Middleton Hall is just such a fantastic room to work in.  I was able to capture the essential more close up shots and I nipped up the stairs to capture an nice wide shot of the whole room which worked out great.

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As I mentioned it had rained all day and I decided we should use it to our advantage and nip outside to capture a dramatic shot of the bride & groom with back lit rain drops – the heavy rain that had been there was of course now just a light drizzle!  Oh well, it’s not as dramatic as it could have been but I still think it a beautiful shot!

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Here is a collage of the nights partying!

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I have worked at so many amazing venues over the years but Middleton Hall has instantly become one of my favourites.  I know everyone enjoyed the wedding so much and working as a photographer, Middleton Hall is a perfect venue.

If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding at Middleton Hall I’d love to hear from you!  Click the link below to visit my website -

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I also shoot amazing, cinematic wedding videos so if you want a wedding video at Middleton Hall just get in touch.

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Lochside Hotel Wedding Film

Lochside Hotel Wedding Video

Winter weddings in Scotland can be problematic due to extreme weather. I’m pleased to say however that my first wedding film of 2013 went very well and the weather behaved itself perfectly!

The wedding was through in the West of Scotland in Cumnock with the ceremony at the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist and the reception at the Lochside Hotel set in picturesque surroundings. I attended the rehearsal the evening before the big day and decided on my discreet camera positions. Being a Catholic ceremony the Bride and Groom would be sat at an angle during the ceremony and stand up where they were to exchange vows. I’m not sure if all Catholic ceremonies are held this way but certainly every one I have filmed have been like this. It’s not a problem but does require a little more planning in terms of camera placement to make sure I will be getting the best angles throughout the ceremony.

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I arrived nice and early – my usual three hours before the ceremony to start capturing the cinematic establishing shots to really set the scene in style. The exterior of St Johns was tricky as there wasn’t really any great angles to shoot it from, I tried my best but spent most of my time inside where it looks great and there was much more opportunity for great shots. Being the 5th of January the Church still had Christmas decorations and a nativity scene set up which I used a little as it helps to visually tell the story of what time of year the wedding took place on. Once I had finished I got all my bulky cinematic equipment packed away and set up my cameras ready to discreetly to capture the ceremony.

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Once everything was ready for the ceremony I took my single camera outside to start capturing the guests and wedding party arriving. I work with the same type of camera as the photographers which is great for capturing nice candid footage, although I use a monopod for stability most people think I’m another photographer – in fact I quite often get people asking me take their photo! People really do act very differently to when I used to use my big professional video camera, there was no doubt about what I was doing and understandably people would turn their backs to me or just look self conscious. I have made so many wedding videos now that I have learned how to balance keeping out the way whilst still managing to capture great footage, shooting HD video with the stills camera has made my job way easier!

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I mentioned above that the weather was kind but being January it was still pretty chilly! The guests didn’t hang about, they all made their way from the cars and buses into the Church pretty quickly so I had to work extra fast to make sure I captured enough footage for the wedding film. I actually captured a little more footage than usual of everyone inside the Church waiting as that’s just where they spent most of the time – I go where the action goes!

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I set my extra camera’s to record as we approached the start time of the ceremony and with everything ready I made my way outside to await the arrival of the Bride. I got my first real opportunity to say hello to Tom, one of the professional photographers for the day. We both waited in the cold and right on time Ezra the Bride pulled into the Church car park in a beautiful Rolls Royce. John the second professional photographer arrived and the three of us captured shots of the Bride and Bridesmaids gathering outside the church ready for the ceremony.

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I made my way to my discreet spot hidden behind a pillar from both my other cameras and most of the guests but with a great view of the Bride and Groom. I wasn’t able to capture the wedding party making their way down the aisle from my position but that’s the huge benefit of having some additional camera angles as this was captured perfectly from two cameras placed right at the back.

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The ceremony went absolutely perfectly. The only potential issue was the underfloor heaters were very noisy so thank god I had the Groom and Minister wearing hidden clip-on microphones otherwise I wouldn’t have heard a word they said! They were standing right next to one and the Bride actually ran over it as she entered to avoid a Marlyn Monroe moment with her dress being lifted my the strong blast of warm air being blown upwards. Things like this really can’t be avoided but I captured the best quality sound that was possible and as a bonus I use software that can further reduce the background hum of the heaters.

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The best man had been warned during the rehearsal to be very careful not to drop the rings down the heating grill as he wouldn’t be going down after them! Luckily there was no such disaster during the ceremony.

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After the ceremony at the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist there were a few photos outside but with clouds in the sky looking a little ominous everyone piled into their cars and made their way to the Lochside Hotel.

Being my first Lochside Hotel wedding video I had already dropped in past earlier in the morning before going to the church to check it out in person. I was really impressed, the photos on their web site don’t really do the venue or the location justice. The views are fantastic and the hotel is clean, modern and well maintained. The room they were holding the wedding breakfast and evening reception was really nice with a big window at one end looking across the loch.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

When we arrived at the Lochside Hotel everyone made their way outside to have some photos taken. One of the guests was actually a photography student and was happy to help round people up and assist John & Tom to get them posed and ready. During these occasions I love having the room to run around and capture lots of different angles of the guests having their photos taken.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

Lochside Hotel wedding video

The Lochside Hotel really provided some great backgrounds for the photographs and of course it’s going to look great on the wedding film too! The sun was low in the sky generating some beautiful back light to everyone. Being January once the photos were taken everyone retreated back inside the hotel to warm up and have a drink.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

Lochside Hotel wedding video

Inside I was able to capture lots of nice footage of guests enjoying themselves, despite being a winter wedding the whole day had a nice warm feeling to it.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

The speeches went really well and I felt I managed to deal with the large candle holders and flower bouquets that obstructed my line of sight filming from the other sides of the room. To make things a bit more complicated there were a few speeches from people not at the top table but I was able to capture them perfectly having the extra coverage from my 4 cameras.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

The Bride & Groom decided they wanted to leave their cake cutting till the evening reception just before their first dance so their evening guests could see it. The wedding cake was definitely the source of a lot of interest as it really was something else.

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The first dance was lots of fun to film as they were dancing on one of those floors covered in little lights which look like stars. I really love those dance floors, they look fantastic on video and I think they just look really magical! My camera is amazing in low light which means I never need to use additional lighting to blast the guests but the reception room in the Lochside Hotel was well illuminated with all the different lights so it was great for the wedding film.

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Lochside Hotel wedding video

For me shooting a wedding film at Lochside Hotel was made all the more pleasurable due to the friendly and helpful staff. During the time at Lochside Hotel the staff were fantastic at keeping everything very well organised but also being very accommodating with any last minute changes or requests. It’s not surprising when you discover how popular they are as a wedding venue, I caught a glimpse of their calender and they are booked solid! If you are interested in having your wedding at the Lochside hotel I would start making enquiries asap. They won ‘best wedding venue’ in Scotland with the VOWS awards and in the past have also won ‘best venue co-ordinator’ and a previous ‘best wedding venue’ award.

Please take the time to watch the highlights from this Lochside Hotel wedding video below.

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I really look forward to shooting another wedding film at Lochside Hotel. If you’re having your wedding at Lochside Hotel and are interested in having a cinematic wedding film to remember your big day, please get in touch as I’d love to hear from you!

You can view up to date sample videos and get more information on my website here.

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