Having someone who was willing to teach me, guide me in the field, offer encouragement, and trust me enough to put a video camera in my hand during key moments was invaluable. As cliche as it sounds, I soaked everything in like a sponge and used those opportunities to get experience, learn a few savvy tips, tricks, and life hacks, and save up money to purchase my own equipment. As successful as my company has become, I still lean heavily on those same mentors today.
If you want to be a professional videographer who always captures crystal-clear moments, buy a mirrorless camera. They are smaller and more lightweight compared to their predecessors or other options on the market, and they are quickly becoming more required every day. Your clients deserve the best video possible, so spare no expense in getting the right equipment.
A gimbal is a camera stabilizer that pivots and allows you to shoot fast-moving and clear videography from some pretty amazing angles while holding the camera steady the entire time. The last thing anyone wants to do is watch footage from a camera that’s bouncing around all over the place. A gimbal eliminates that problem.
This tip is pretty short and sweet. You will need 50mm lenses and 24-70mm lenses. Again, there is a cost associated with these items, but you can successfully shoot anything with these lenses.
As we near the end of this blog post, we briefly head back to where we started. Find an experienced videographer who will pay you to be a second shooter. This gives you time to learn for a couple of years in the field, shadow the professionals who are the primary shooter, and save up money for your own equipment.
A professional videographer who owns their own company must hire another person. Do not expect to catch every angle and moment yourself. It simply isn’t realistic. Having a second videographer allows you to cover all the bases for someone’s very important day. If you remember that and follow the tips above, you’ll be a highly-coveted professional videographer in no time.
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