Learning videography can be fun, but it’s also a lot of work. If you want to learn video production and editing, you’ll need to invest some time and energy into learning the basics.
The Beginner’s Guide to Videography
This guide will help you get started with learning video production, but it’s by no means exhaustive. There are tons of resources out there for learning about the topic, and I highly encourage you to explore them.
Learn videography – shooting
The first step in learning videography is learning how to shoot. Shooting is a skill that takes time and practice to master, but it’s not impossible. If you’re new at this, here are some tips:
Find interesting subjects. Don’t just point your camera at things that are already interesting (like your friends or family), but look for things that are more unique and compelling. Try finding something that has an interesting story behind it. The more unique and personal your subject matter is, the better!
Get up close. Don’t just stand back and record a person talking into their phone. Get up close and personal with them so they feel comfortable talking directly into the camera. This will make for much better footage because people tend to feel less self-conscious when there’s less distance between them and the camera operator.
Learning video production and editing
Once you’ve mastered the art of filming, it’s time to start editing your videos. The best way to learn how to edit is simply by doing it. A good place to start is with some basic software such as Adobe Premiere Elements.
You might want to consider upgrading your software later down the line but for now these are great programs that will allow you to easily edit your video clips together into a finished product that you can share online or with family and friends.
Later on if you want to take a more professional approach, Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve are good programs to learn.
As with filming, it’s good practice to create a storyboard before you start editing. This helps keep things structured and ensures that each clip has a purpose within the video rather than just simply being there for the sake of it!
Making a short film from start to finish
To get more advanced with your video editing skills, try making a short film from start to finish! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – just something short and sweet that shows off your editing skills (and maybe even some acting).
What equipment do I need to work in videography?
If you’re just getting into videography, one of the first things you’ll need to do is purchase some equipment. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable options available!
The first step in learning how to shoot your own videos is buying a camera. Some cameras are designed specifically for shooting video while others are made for still images. It’s important that you buy one that fits your needs. For example, if you want your videos to look professional then you will need something more advanced than an entry-level DSLR camera or point-and-shoot camera with limited features.
Most videographers use DSLR or mirrorless cameras these days. These are small and compact compared to some high end professional camcorders and can produce great quality.
On top of this, quality lenses are a must. To start with you’ll need at least two lenses to cover wide angles as well as close up shots. Sturdy tripods or gimbals will be required to make your video footage smooth.
Lighting is an essential part of making videos successful. Whether it’s for narrative films or advertisements. Make sure your camera has a good light sensor so that it can pick up on changes in lighting conditions over time and adjust accordingly. Then experiment with different types of lighting setups – natural light versus artificial lights. Try different kinds of lamps as well.
Progressing your videography skills
The best way to improve your videography skills is by taking on challenges. Watch the films you made and see how you can improve the next time. Watch online tutorials and consider attending a professional workshop organised by an industry expert.
So you’ve got a great new camera and you’re ready to take amazing videos. Hopefully with the above guide you know where to start. Our beginner’s guide to videography will help you learn and put your skills into practice so you can get started on your journey!