what should videographers be practicing?

  1. Pat Kay over on YouTube suggests coming up with challenges every week to focus on specific subsets of skills. You could, for example, shoot only black and white interview type shots of yourself one week to improve your static composition, shooting only in natural light, shooting only inside with artificial lighting and so on.

  2. I always see people say stuff like this and its all well and good but the has time to do that? I'm working, I have edits to do, I don't have time to shoot and edit practice videos.

  3. Cloning. What I mean is find a shot that you like somewhere. And then work to recreate that exact shot lighting camera motion etc. The process of figuring out how a shot was created will teach you a lot. And once you get good at rapidly recreating a shot that you see you'll become much better at sending up something that pops into your head because you'll understand what it takes to make it happen.

  4. This. Take the time, learn how to pack away your cables! I had a prof in school who’d fail students who didn’t abide by over under.

  5. Lol fck your over under nonsense. Because of people like you, i hate my stingers every chance i see em.

  6. Lens swapping is my pet hate. Especially when rushed. Afraid of dropping them, afraid of something getting on the lens or in the sensor.

  7. Going to second lens swapping. When I moved from Canon to Sony, I realized that when shooting events, it now took 3x as long to swap lenses leading me to miss some some things whether it was photo or video. This isn't something you'll have to practice a lot, but dedicating an hour in your home to changing lenses one handed without out looking will make you MUCH more efficient.

  8. Any videographer who doesnt walk around with a shootsac that carries at least a wide,mid,tele and extra batteries, has given up.

  9. Yes, great question. If we spent as much time exploring this as we do debating cameras, we'd be employed more often, make much better work and probably enjoy things more! It'll be interesting to see how people interpret 'technique' and how often camera tech finds its way back in.

  10. Manual focusing. There's always a weird amount of emphasis placed on autofocus when it comes to camera discussion but even the most robust AF is going to be wonky sometimes and that skeeves me out for something like a wedding or other one-time events. I think there should be a reasonable amount of proficiency with manual focusing to expect from people shooting any kind of video for money, and that really does take practice. It doesn't need to be extreme, but even fidgeting with the camera while you watch TV, focusing on things around the room as quickly as possible, I've personally found to be helpful.

  11. I agree. I only shoot manual and I do lots or events with chaotic moving subjects in very low light at T/1.5. Do that for a while and your get pretty good at it.

  12. So important.. the best training ground: at a church as the bridesmaids and grooms men walk down. Then the boss level of this game is when the bride comes. Lol

  13. Photography. It improved my video work tremendously, and vice versa. It helped me see video shots and photo shots, so I get the correct shots quicker.

  14. Can't remember the name of it now, but I joined an online photo competition 15 years ago, they would post a challenge on Monday and you'd have 7 days to enter. I entered every week - got way better at my composition and lighting.

  15. I took a break from video and dived heavy into photo for 2 years, doing almost only photo shoots and I loved it. When I jumped back into shooting video, I was stunned at how much my composition had improved

  16. 20 years ago in an NPPA workshop a guy got on stage and told us to go back to our hotel room, take our camera in the bathroom, turn off the lights, and identify every button in the absolute darkness. He said repeat this exercise every day until you could hit every button on your camera without looking to see what it was. I did this and it helped immensely.

  17. Kind of weird given the majority of pro video people rent their kit. I guess it would be nice to memorise every major layout though for speedy operating

  18. I think it is about improving the quality and practicing different types of videos to find your subject matter/ style. There are many sub-skills to try to improve:

  19. I’d also say for “drills”, you have to have a commitment to making videos. Whatever that looks like for you… it could be a video a week. Two videos a month. A video a month. The repetition and practice comes from making a video - from start to finish. If you are an artist, practicing your art means doing your art (making a sketch/ drawing/ painting). If you are a videographer, practicing your art means making a video.

  20. Also, don't be afraid to use your phone for practice too. Any modern iPhone/Samsung will have manual iso/shutter/wb/focus options. It has the benefit of A) Being to do it if you don't have your rig or don't want to pull it out, and B) Practicing making something look like it was made with much better equipment than it actually was. I know it's common advice for people just starting out, but it's still something I highly subscribe to regardless of your skill level.

  21. Interview your son. Make a video about how your parents got together. Find an initiative that means something to your town. Film a season of a local sports league and tell the story. If you aren't working a lot, then create work. Recreate movie scenes that you love. Try new lighting, movement, lens tricks. Etc.

  22. Heh ive been out of the game for 4 years after doing this for 14 years. Recently getting back in and after reading your comment, im kinda pumped to try your ideas out. Ill link ya when i shoot a piece.

  23. Maybe too obvious... but photography. Covers composition and lighting, and can be practised casually in daily life.

  24. I think you might have an interesting point here, but 'm not sure if I'm understanding it. How do these two camps create and inefficiency? Whats the issue thats being created here?

  25. I think videographers need to learn to read the manual of their equipment! There is so much information in there and we normally skip the manual and just shoot learning by doing it.

  26. Thats true, but we are visual creatures. Which is why we got into this field. Our job is to help people break free of the shackles of the written word! Reading a manual is hypocritical?!

  27. I think working out new ideas on "non projects" is helpful. In fact I'm doing that today with my drone where I'm getting a shot of the downtown area mid day and then going to try and replicate it at night.

  28. Depends. If you mean videographer on a business sense , practice marketing and selling yourself

  29. After getting the basics down with camerawork, the next step is to edit as much as possible. This will teach you how to look for the shots you need and how to sequence effectively.

  30. I do lots of camera movement exercises from multiple shooting scenarios like tripod movements, gimbal shots, handheld, monopod, PTZ controller movements, and focus pulls. I love gear setup days as well where I force myself to learn the ins and outs of everything I own. Editing days where I focus on the software side of things and learning to use those better.

  31. Sales. You can be a shit videographer but land loads of clients because you're good at sales. Obviously, you'd like to be a good videographer and good at sales...so add learning about sales to your learning. Applies to most business related topics tbh. Creative is cool but doesn't mean shit if you can't live off of it.

  32. How about just keeping up with the latest tech/trends? I'd say watch a few videos a week on the industry - whether it's about shooting, business, or gear, is a great way to stay current.

  33. Easy. After every shoot, adjust your rig based on what difficulties you had during. Either your rig was too heavy, not stable enough, not rigged enough, hurt your arms, hurt your back, zoom was too short, focus was hard - it could be anything. But after every shoot if you make adjustments to your rig and shooting style, you’ll constantly be improving.

  34. Organization. If I'm not religiously organized, something will get left behind that will hold up an entire shoot until said item is found/purchased.

  35. I think about this quite a bit. There seem to be a ton of resources out there for photographers, but I can't find much at all for videographers.

  36. Yeah id love to see a list of challenges as well. This would be so great. Yesterday I was trying to film a rotation with a gimbal from above a plate of food yesterday but for the plate to spin perfectly and stay in the middle of the frame, also trying to get the sides of the plate as close to the top and bottom but never off the edge of a 16:9 frame as possible. Was super hard and I was on a time pressure so I never actually got it done to my satisfaction.

  37. You know, I was thinking a about what to do in the gym in general to support my videography work. I did a 12 hour day yesterday and my back is so sore. A lot of gimbal work. I was wondering what I could do in the gym to minimise the aches next day.

  38. Forearm / arm / shoulder / back workouts if you hold a gimbal of some sort. Full day of wedding video + holding a gimbal everywhere….end of the day my muscles are numb, next day extremely sore

  39. Depends on what you're doing, but especially if you work in a doc/non-fiction world, I find the best drill s editing. Edit your footage, get gigs to edit the footage of others. You'll quickly see what you need to shoot and what you don't need to shoot. Editors are great shooters because they can picture the shots they need to put together the story. I can always tell the difference between videographers who are thinking of the whole picture, and people who are just getting "cool shots" (which works, too, but it's not as efficient!).

  40. Generally, for most of my clients I shoot and edit I know exactly what you mean. It's very rare that I shoot only ot edit only, but recently it's been happening more. Tbh I've only edited footage on edit only jobs that's been shot by videographers who also edit. Hopefully I won't come across a job where the footage is coming from a videographer that doesn't edit!

  41. It's not as easy as those disciplines you mentioned. It's more like 3 or 4 instruments into one. So I would say: Lighting, camera movement and composition. Know your optics. Learn to take care of sound. Some actors direction wouldn't hurt.

  42. For me as a DP and editor, just record shit. Take the camera, and record things around the house. Find different angles, always practice rack focusing (manual focus always), don't be afraid to get close to the subject, get intimate shots, get long shots, medium shots of you (camera on tripod), just always keep recording. There doesn't have to be anything to record, but find ways to make random little things interesting.

  43. For me it was adaptability in filming live events that taught me the most. You have to be able to adapt to the situation, scout a location, and be able to switch cameras/rigs on the fly. It's also a matter of socially acting professionally with your gear, not being in the way but also getting a front and center shot, and just not being afraid of doing your job. Filming live has probably taught me the most.

  44. Taking a clasic film camera, and practice visual composition and in frame storytelling. And the next step is getting better at editing, getting a good grasp of the language of editing takes you very far regarding your eye for the visual unity of a final product.

  45. A great way to practice gear-head tripod movements is to tape your name in cursive on the wall, attach a laser pointer to your tripod and trace the text using pans and tilts. It'll absolutely work with a standard fluid head too. I should really get on that myself...

  46. Not sure if it has been mentioned, but file management. I do photography and it’s pretty straight forward most of the time but with videos, there’s a bit more work involved that’s time consuming, but you won’t want to rip your hair out when you’re looking for a specific clip months or years down the line.

  47. Find and keep up with the top players of your industry on social media, I personally know Instagram to be good for that. Also watch lots of whatever you're making from other creators. I make commercials and I like to jokingly say I only watch tv for the commercials, which is actually true, I've learned so much just by watching other peoples work.

  48. Balancing your gimbal...you gotta be able to do it by heart with different lenses. Like a marine with his rifle...just gotta drill over and over until it's there.

  49. Go to a park and throw a frisbee, practice keeping it framed and in focus. Don't rely on auto settings, learn how to expose, how to focus, how to move your camera without relying on a gimbal or stabilizer.

  50. i personally focus on a different facet with every video i do. i chose to do an animation most recently just so i could be forced to practice my sound design. it wound up being practice for a lot more than that lol but i improved in all aspects, including sound. when i started going through the edit to polish it up, the beginning parts were noticeably inferior quality to the the the later parts.

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