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The ins-and-outs On Videography

Ever sat and pondered how your favourite filmmakers produce movies? Are you inspired to make videos or short films of your own, but not sure if your skill level can do it justice? In this piece, we’re introducing you to the basics of videography. Quiet on the set — we’re diving into the 411!

Videography refers to the mechanism of capturing video on electronic media and even streaming media. This includes methods of video production and post-production. A person who works in the field of videography and video production is called a videographer. A videographer must be artistic, zealous about creating stories or messages through film, talented at editing video and have an attentive eye for detail. They also need to be able to have good communication skills, and the ability to provide creative direction to produce desired results.

Videography used to be considered the video equivalent of cinematography which is defined as moving images recorded on film stock. Seemingly, the dawn of digital video recording in the late 20th century blurred the distinction between the two, as both methods became indistinguishable. Nowadays, any video work could be called videography, whereas commercial motion picture production would be specifically called cinematography.

A relatable example of videography is news broadcasting. News broadcasting relies heavily on live and recorded television where videographers engage in active electronic news gathering of local (and international) news stories by collating recorded videos, live videos and interviews for news channels that we usually see broadcasted on our televisions on a daily basis.

Thanks to innovations in technology, everyone can become an amateur videographer without splurging on costly equipment. All smartphones have the ability to film videos and there are plenty of free software systems available for editing on various app stores. It’s possible to film a movie whenever you want now.

With that in mind, there are a few key things to keep in mind when you decide to start shooting your first film.

  • Always shoot horizontally.
  • Use a tripod for increased stability.
  • Good communication skills with team members
  • Be creative!
  • Vary your shots while remembering that too much movement can be a bad thing.
  • Consider how you want to edit footage while shooting.
  • Shoot now, edit later.


And always remember to be meticulous and love what you do so that you may produce masterpieces.

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