Always be prepared
Preparation is key in Videography, to avoid set backs that will cost you both time and money. It is best to keep a list of things you will need and keep a note of things you wish you’d bought with you for next time too. This will make packing a breeze. Pack ahead of time and test all of your equipment so you can be aware of any replacements or repairs that are needed well before the shoot. You’ll want to purchase suitable protective covers for some more delicate equipment and look into insuring it to avoid costly repairs. By packing your gear efficiently, you can set up quickly and make the most of your time on location. Be organised it will reflect well on your company to clients too as they will be able to see how much you value their time and your profession.
The correct kit for each videography shoot
Are you shooting with a DSLR camera? Bring an alternative power supply and options for any equipment you are bringing that may need it. Equipment you could bring includes:
- phone charging
- extra memory cards
- Various different zoom lenses
- Maybe even audio equipment if needed.
Necessary equipment can vary from project to project.
Consider potential challenges
Preparing can avoid some of the difficulties that can occur. However, you can’t predict the future so, consequently, it is best to have your worst case scenarios planned out.
Check weather forcasts – Try to plan around the best time to shoot espeically if it is outdoors. If it cannot avoided or you live somewhere with spontaneous rain, then, it is best to bring alone weatherproof covers for yourself and your equipment.
Keep yourself and your colleages safe – Ensure wires are taped down or visible to avoid accidents. Also consider looking into security if you are filming in a busy public area. Videography is interesting and people can’t help but as questions, however it might be a good idea to keep the general public clear of your staff and equipment for safety concerns.
If you want professional looking videos or even images, you will need to figure out your lighting set up. It can really depend on the location and the time of day. Make sure you bring more than enough so you can play around and experiment before you begin shooting. Natural lighting can be a sufficient substitute if your budget is tight. However, depending on the purpose of your video, you may want to create more shadows and depth to create drama for something art driven, or you may want to keep it even for more corporate videos.
Plan your travel
A photographer who arrives early, is much more likely to conduct a successful shoot. Arriving before the shoot is set to take place allows you time to beat traffic and, evidently, ensure you have everything prepared. Rushing can cause the lighting to not appear as aesthetically pleasing therefore, for the shots themselves to need reshooting entirely. Use apps like google maps, moovit and waze to account for traffic or diversions.
Don’t spare expenses when it comes to buying SD Cards and try to aim for the best quality and reliability. A failed SD Card can mean hours of work lost which, consequently, will not reflect you and your brand in a positive light. SanDisk are our recommendation as they are accompanied with a lifetime guarantee and this means they don’t need replacements which will, evidently cost you less in the long run.
We hope these videography tips will be useful for any future videography project.
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