Videographers use their cameras and film to portray people, places, and events much as a writer uses words. Because the procedures involved in still photography are quite different from those used in motion picture photography, workers generally specialize in one or the other. Those who are skillful can capture the information and mood of scenes on film. Videographers film how-to videos, news events, television shows, movies, commercials and even cartoons.
Although their subject matter varies widely, photographers and videographers most important tool remains the camera. In addition, professionals use a vast array of equipment, from the simple tripod to specially constructed motorized vehicles. They may also use audio or sound equipment to electronic flash units, floodlights, reflectors, and other special lighting equipment.
Training can come from academic programs or motion pictures, but for most videographers informal job training is often the most common way they acquire their skills.
Videographers must have good eyesight and color vision, artistic ability, and manual dexterity. They should be patient, accurate, and enjoy working with detail. Some knowledge of mathematics is helpful for the use of various lenses, films and light sources. Also with digital technologies growing, computer knowledge is the wave of the future.
Videographers are employed primarily in television broadcasting and motion picture studios. They advance in their profession as their work circulates and as they develop a reputation, eventually becoming directors of photography on movies and TV programs. The demand for camera operators is projected to grow as business and industry place greater importance upon visual aids, such as training films, reports, sales campaigns, and public relations work. On the flip side, some camera operators are self-employed, doing individual projects for ad agencies, magazines or personal how-to videos.
The marketability and demand for these self-employed or freelance videographers is almost unlimited, especially with the growth on the internet. Video presentations are more commonly used now and the market is really only limited by the ability of the videographer to sell his/her services for a variety of purposes.
5 Steps to Success
- Find a niche market that you’re enthusiastic about.
- Research a subject of interest not being covered or not being covered thoroughly enough.
- Write your plan or script.
- Film and edit your video.
- Market the product.
To your success,