Covering a church service with video and stills

Praise band singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 7200, ƒ/4, 1/100]
This past Sunday my wife Dorie Griggs was asked to give the message for Parent’s Weekend at the Summerall Chapel on The Citadel by Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets and Director of Religious Activities Joe Molina.

Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets and Director of Religious Activities Joe Molina gives the welcome at the Summerall Chapel on Parent’s Weekend at The Citadel. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 16000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
Dorie introduced the concept that often we live either in the mindset of Good Friday, the Saturday in between or Resurrection Sunday.

I came prepared to video tape Dorie speaking for our own records and to share with friends and family that couldn’t be there.

Listen to her message here. Many people commented on how much they appreciated the message.


Now before Dorie’s sermon The Citadel’s Gospel Choir sang.

The Citadel Gospel Choir singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 6400, ƒ/4, 1/100]
I didn’t plan on shooting a video of them singing or I would have been further back. But please listen to them sing.

I enjoyed seeing the joy on the cadets faces.

The Citadel Gospel Choir singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 16000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
The Citadel Gospel Choir singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 12800, ƒ/4, 1/100]
The Citadel Gospel Choir singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 12800, ƒ/4, 1/100]
The Citadel Gospel Choir singing at the Summerall Chapel on the Citadel Campus. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 8000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
Now the service was a lot of pomp and circumstance. They have a Color Guard bring the colors in to start the service.

The Citadel Color Guard at the Summerall Chapel on Parent’s Weekend at The Citadel. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 100, ƒ/4, 1/100]
The Citadel Color Guard at the Summerall Chapel on Parent’s Weekend at The Citadel. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 5000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
Few tips if you decide to cover your church service.

Talk to minister first to get permission
Arrive Early
Go stand on the stage and get a custom white balance
If video taping use wireless Lavalier microphone for speaker
Plan your moves around so that it is at a minimum
Recommend zoom for less movement verses a fixed lens
Upload your photos to a online gallery like PhotoShelter

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The Citadel
Parent’s Weekend
during the protestant service at the Summerall Chapel. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 Art, ISO 2500, ƒ/4, 1/100]

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