Top skills videographers need.
Knowing how to capture on-the-go footage requires thinking on your feet. Aside from camera operation, videographers must also be knowledgeable about their equipment and nimble in uncontrollable situations like a live event.
Other useful skills that help videographers produce great work include:
Timeliness and agility: Arrive on the production site with all the necessary equipment, like video cameras, lenses, extra batteries, extra memory cards, lighting, and microphones to adapt to the needs of the shoot.
An eye for the right angles: Find the best shots when capturing live events, and find ways to access your environment to position your gear so you don’t miss any critical moments.
Leadership: Direct a shoot when working solo or with a small team.
Post-production know-how: Be an expert in video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro.
“Directing is actually one of the biggest things as a videographer that you need to learn,” says cinematographer and videographer Josh Miller. Directing plays a major role in both videography and cinematography, but it’s an essential skill for videographers, who often work with a smaller team. Videography directing involves strategizing on light positioning and setup, selecting correct camera lens or gear, and knowing how to work with environmental constraints.
Videography camera equipment and gear.
Videographers tend to work in uncontrollable spaces, but they can control the type of equipment they bring to the shoot. Video cameras, DSLR cameras, or camcorders with charged batteries and extra memory cards are some of the basic equipment videographers use. They may also need:
● Tripods or stabilizers
● Lighting equipment
● Microphones and audio equipment
● Lens choices for a variety of shot types
Types of projects a videographer might work on.
From live sporting events to wedding videos, videographers focus on live event recordings. This may also include conference recordings, live interviews, forms of journalism, or short films and documentaries. Videographers often find careers shooting wedding films, promo videos, corporate videos, or doing post-production work as video editors and media specialists.
Artistic action of cinematography.
Cinematographers are often referred to as directors of photography (DP) and they play a large role during film production. They are responsible for planning and organizing the entirety of a film project, including: