31 May Videography as a career
Videography is the art of capturing moments in time. It takes vision, inspiration, and technical expertise to build the foundation of a good video. A committed videographer will spend many hours documenting your special day. They will then spend more countless hours of editing your videos, from cutting out scenes to putting the right music, so that everything flows smoothly.
This art requires extensive technical knowledge and high tech equipment. All of our videographers are experienced and professional and have years of expertise. Many people wonder how to become a professional videographer. There are two main ways to become a professional:
Some people forge their career by regularly videotaping events for family and friends as a hobby. When they feel they have enough experience they decide to go professional. Most wedding videographers will be qualified having attended film school to learn their craft. Controlling camera movements and knowing the correct lighting effects for various situations are vital to successful video productions. A skilled cameraperson will know instinctively how to use natural lighting effects to advantage.
There are many kinds of videography and it helps to decide what kind of subjects you want to film. Choices range from wedding videography to taping corporate meetings and conferences. You can also videotape milestones like anniversaries, birthdays, memorials, and reunions. Filming sporting events is a good career choice or you can opt for theatre, dance, and music performances.
Finding a college that suits your needs is important and once enrolled in the film course, you should graduate with plenty of knowledge of technical skills and strategies. Then you need to practice and film every type of event and use every trick you have learned at college to gain the vital experience before you hire yourself out. This is the most important step of achieving your goal of becoming a professional.
Obviously, the right equipment is essential. Do not compromise on quality and if you cannot afford top quality new equipment, buy second hand or hire to achieve the results that are necessary in a very competitive market place. Spend as much time editing video as shooting and apply all your learning
Before setting out on your own, apply for a job or an internship with local studios that are in need of a trainee or assistant. Working for a studio like this will help you acquire the experience you need if you plan to set up your own business. You will need all the proper equipment especially the digital camera and other camera accessories like a tripod, batteries, and lighting equipment. For editing purposes, it is also essential to have a computer.
Get yourself noticed out and about and make sure you always carry a good business card to give to people. Be visible at local events and film away for fun, people will inevitably ask you where they can see your finished results (especially if you have filmed them!) so ensure you have a website to show your work or set up a You Tube or other video sharing account
Whether you choose wedding videography as your subject matter or sports matches, it is your acquired skills, experience, and style, dedication, shooting and editing techniques that will help you achieve your goal of becoming a successful videographer.