Shooting Tips to Hone Your Videography Skills

A great way to hone your videography skills is to get frustrated while editing video.

As you may know, there are plenty of ways to get frustrated while editing. For example, let’s say you want to include a particular clip in your sequence. When you try to use the shot you realize that the videographer didn’t hold the shot for long enough, and now the clip is too short to use. Or maybe you want to use a shot that was completely ruined because a bug landed on the lens. These frustrations make you think about the shooting process. Below are a few of my favorite editor-friendly tips to consider while shooting.

Too often I’ve found myself in an edit session where I’m unable to use a beautifully composed shot due to the fact that the clip is too short. When you’re out shooting it’s very easy to become impatient and think you’ve held a shot long enough. However, this is usually not the case. I find a good rule of thumb is to hold your shot for at least 10 seconds. This can feel like a lifetime when working with actors or models, however, it’s imperative that clips have enough “fat” with which to work. Extra fat on a clip is especially useful If you’re performing a lengthy transition in or out of your clip.

Just as shooting various takes gives you options, capturing multiple angles of the same shot also helps you in the same way. When you think about your project or sequence as a whole, you need to think about how one shot will flow into the next. Getting adequate coverage will help make editing a breeze. Capturing the same shot from multiple angles will provide a diverse palette of clips for you to draw on. It will also help you avoid jump cuts and might even inspire you to change the direction of your story in the edit room.

Shooting can be quite chaotic, especially if you’re covering a live event where you only have one chance to capture the moment. Think of wedding and news videographers; they have to be able to anticipate and react quickly to their environment or they can miss an important shot. I’ve also been on video shoots where I would shoot an interview in the morning and B-roll in the afternoon. Oftentimes the soundbites in the interview would help me decide what corresponding visuals I wanted to capture during my afternoon B-roll shoot. Follow These Six Shooting Tips to Make Editing a Breeze | Fstoppers


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