Videography Tips for Beginners
Getting started in videography can be daunting due to the sheer amount of planning and work you need to do. You may need to do several resorts to get the video the way it is, and we haven’t even gotten into editing. Don’t worry, everything is a learning experience, and you’ll get better with time.
Follow these 5 tips to make the learning curve smoother.
1. Never Film Vertically
The first, and most basic thing, you should remember is to never film vertically. Filming horizontally seems like an obvious choice. Many amateur videographers tend to be inconsistent with their camera orientation, switching from vertical to horizontal as the situation requires.
2. Take It Slow
Take your time when you’re setting up your shoot. Before you start recording, there are many things to do and things to keep in mind, especially if you’re recording on an unfamiliar set. Make a list of the things you need to set up if you think it will help. Lighting, audio, and multiple cameras are a few examples. Make certain you have adequate time to prepare and shoot. Inform the client if you require more time.
3. Master Your Equipment
Take your time to familiarize yourself with the equipment that you’re using. Sometimes you may feel like you need to upgrade your equipment, but the majority of the time, you can still get good shots and create quality content even if your equipment isn’t the best. All you need to do is master your equipment and all your shots will be amazing.
4. Take Extra Shots
It’s always a good idea to take extra cutaways and shots on the set. This may entail capturing more than you actually need for the piece of content, but having more video to work with is always a good idea. Cutaways are a great way to mix things up and keep your material interesting. You don’t want to run out of footage at the last minute and then have to reshoot on another day.
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5. Get It Right While You’re On Set
Plan your shots beforehand and make sure that they’re executed properly on set. If you’re not satisfied with a take, feel free to redo it right away. Making tweaks and cuts in post-production isn’t always simple.
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