I am a wedding photographer in Mumbai India. In India the budget for wedding photography & video varies from min.US$350/- to US$5,000/- or more. Covering big weddings is a teamwork and normally the complete job is given to one team of four to six cameramen. To shoot HD video on dslr of such weddings, at leat two more cameraman are needed so this is helping more people to earn, as well as show the skill of creating excellent video of Indian weddings with a style, where nothing is under control of the Still photographers & Video cameramen. If some one is comparing “Wedding Video” with any other videos, where all the parameters are under control of the director, then this is the biggest mistake.In India almost all weddings have gathering of about 500 to 1000 guests and to shoot such weddings at least two still photographers & two video cameramen are needed. Indian weddings are completely differnt than the weddings in U.S. or weddings in Europe.
The trend of ”shortvideo” of about 10-15 min.of a wedding ceremony that takes place for two to four days is very much popular in young couples & they are insisting for the teams for still photgraphy & video of there choice. In the past all these things were decided by parents. So in India neither still photographer is killing the video nor the video cameramen are killing the still photographers.The standerd of Wedding Video in India was so bad in the past that it can not be worst than what it was !! After introduction of DSLRs with HD video,it is improving very fast. I am sure the situation in some other country will be different than it is in U.S.or in India, in my opinion dslr with HD video will help more young talents at least in India. www.milindketkar.com