Top Six Tips For Excellent Videography

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How To Move From A Beginner to A Pro

Are you passionate about the film industry? Do you have big dreams of being the best videographers in the industry? As a beginner, you will be faced with various challenges that may slow down your growth and climb up the ladder.

Photography is a skill that is perfected with more practice. This means that you have to stand behind that camera for a long time. Besides being a skill, you cannot wake up expecting to be the best and to land that job, technical skills and knowledge have to be learnt. Besides the skills, talent, passion, and educational background, the following tips are essential:

1. Get a tri-pod

While starting out, you will find your hands shaking as you take the videos. This is a common phenomenon that affects every video and photographer. To avoid putting your viewers through agonizing shaky videos, invest in a tripod stand with fluid head for rock-solid and smooth videos.

2. Plan the production

You will be planning to fail if you do not get to the scene early and set up for production. Plan everything. Depending on the event, all the items that stand out, the guests, the entertainment crew, etc. must be factored in. This may also help in scheduling time for capturing the activities.

3. Interview shooting

This can be challenging at first. However, to make it easier, you should always focus on your subject and to shoot the subject’s face straight on. Always capture the subject’s eyes and ensure that the interviewee looks at the interviewer not the camera.

4. Post production processing

Every videographer and photographer will admit that the biggest chunk of work is on editing. Though there is need for maintaining originality, editing is important to cut unnecessary parts, and to iron out any parts that may seem out of place.

Professionals using the Phantom Flex 4K high speed video production cameras capture excellent shots and their footage is mostly perfect. However, post production processes are necessary and as you learn and grow in the field, taking on some of the best equipment in the field, you should have learnt all the post production processes, the applications, and the available software for the best work.

For this reason, you should always keep in mind the fact that you shoot for the edits. Just think of how the photos and the clips will be used during the editing session. The weight of video production lies in editing.

5. Lighting

When shooting a subject, the shot indicates reflected light. If outdoors, shoot with the sun behind you. Even though the light can be edited during the post production, it is pertinent to get the right shot on location.

You should avoid the conflict between natural and artificial light keeping in mind that every color has a different temperature. Set your camera to white balance, avoid spotlighting, and ensure that your lighting kit has three lights in it.

6. Avoid wide shots

Or use the wide shots sparingly. Make it a point to get features of a subject up close, rather than capturing general features. People prefer close-up shots and clips.

In conclusion, as a beginner, you should perfect these and always have the right elements to work with. Choose backgrounds appropriately and avoid busy backgrounds.

Clare Sanders is an award winning videographer and a photographer who reckons the importance of the 4K high speed video production provided by gadgets like Phantom Flex. Read more about her work and beginner tips on her website and blog.