Videography vs. Cinematography

Videography & Cinematography Difference?

Now that the art of wedding video is becoming more popular, we’ve heard a few different terms for it used, sometimes interchangeably. Is it Wedding Videography or Wedding Cinematography – or do they have the same meaning? What do you call it?

Videography-VS-CinematographyPersonally, we use the term videography for our own business. We describe ourselves as wedding videographers based out of Indianapolis. Even on the popular website The Knot, we advertise under their category “videographers.” There isn’t even a cinematographer category, unfortunately. We admit though, we thought that videography meant that your medium was not film, as we don’t use it. However, I think we were wrong…

We decided to do a little research to see if we had the correct definitions, because as videographers/cinematographers ourselves, we should we using the word(s) correctly!

Merriam-Webster defines videography as “the practice or art of recording images with a video camera” and cinematography as “the art or science of motion-picture photography.”

Let’s go one step further and define cinematic, as that’s how we describe our films, “of, relating to, suggestive of, or suitable for motion pictures or the filming of motion pictures.” And finally, a motion picture is “a representation (as of a story) by means of motion pictures : movie.”

After this research, I think it’s correct to call ourselves cinematographers and videographers. Yes, we record images with a video camera – but it’s so much more than that. We tell a story with our films and although they’re not your typical movie you’d find at the box office, we take them seriously. We’re as serious as calling them a motion picture, or a movie. Your film is that important to us. With all the planning, shooting, and editing that goes into the films, they deserve to be called motion pictures.

In summary, I don’t think it’s wrong to call ourselves videographers. However, it’s much more technically correct to call ourselves cinematographers. Can we just be cinematic wedding videographers? 🙂

2 Responses to Videography vs. Cinematography

  1. moiprod December 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Cinematography and Videography are completely different and it has nothing to do with the camera or if it “looks” cinematic. The key difference is a videographer captures what is happening i.e. a wedding or event. The cinematographer creates a visual narrative that combines the visual with the story and creates an emotional connection to the story. If you don’t have a script you don’t have cinematography in general.


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