If you’re looking to become a photographer or videographer, there are a number of factors that come into play that can make or break your projects. But, if you want to make it in the industry or simply enjoy a fulfilling hobby, you owe it to yourself to nail all of it to produce the best product you can. Therefore, it’s good to have some extra info and advice in your pocket. And, don’t take my word for it. Really. Do some research beyond this. However, here are some tips to help you make the most of your photography or videography endeavors.
First and foremost, you’ll need some top notch gear to start with. While there are affordable alternatives to the high end gear you’ll want, these are for more casual users, or those with a limited budget. If you’re serious about your hobby or career, you’re going to want to fork over the cash for the best gear you can get. Likewise, you’ll want a full arsenal of accessories, and even software, to make the most of your footage. Things like alternate lenses, tripods, photo editing software, and video editing software can bring an extra level of polish and professionalism to your work.
Another thing to take into account is exposure to the work of others before you and alongside you. As Samuel Johnson once said, “I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” Except, in this context, you want a camera operator who has seen enough video or photography to have a sense of what does and doesn’t work in their own work. Therefore, you’ll want to take to the internet and use Google to find great examples of photography. For video, however, there’s not much that beats grabbing some tickets from Ticketmaster and going to the movies for inspiration, though you could just stay in and watch something on Netflix. The latter might even be more helpful if you’re more interested in making documentaries.