Why Should a Photographer Shoot Video?
Welcome to the ATP Videography Tips page.
I have been into the moving image for nearly as long as I have stills and my first “important” job was back in 1985 when I filmed my grandparents golden wedding anniversary at the age of 18.
It just happened to be Live Aid day and the hottest day of the year…a day I will always remember as we had all the family with us, from far and wide (including Denmark) and we partied in the garden from 10am long into that night.
Video is simply just a series of still images shown at high speed and my new favourite imaging technique is time lapse…a kind of “in between” from stills to video. You can see some time lapse examples, as well as some more of my sample video clips, here:
Whilst I am by means no expert in videography, I am a professional videographer and have also had some success in selling stock videography clips through various agencies. I have also produced my own set of wedding photography training DVD’s in the past.
I have also created, produced, rendered and uploaded a whole host of training and instructional videos to our private membership site ATP Members.
I have learned a lot along the way and even started videoing various parts of weddings using a HD camcorder back in 2007 as I wanted to add audio and “moving” pictures to my slideshows. I also thought it could be a valuable upsell to offer the couple a high definition, Blu Ray DVD of the ceremony, speeches and first dance if they didn’t have a professional videographer on the day.
I even ended up filming the entire Girls Aloud gig at a wedding in Italy whilst photographing it at the same time…the couple LOVED that, especially as no-one else there captured it (including a cool out-take where “the Irish one” got attacked by a bug much to Cheryl Cole’s amusement)!
Sadly I cannot show the video due to copyright restrictions…
These parts of the wedding are relatively easy to set up to video and you can learn how to do this alone, with no assistant, and as you photograph the wedding throughout these pages of videography tips.
Digital photography has a rather steep learning curve to make your images stand out from the “snapshot brigade”. For example, you need to know how various settings and pieces of equipment or accessories can help to produce better images than without.
Videography is no different and whilst it has its pros and cons over stills photography, there is still a lot to think about when shooting video for fun or for a living and merging the two can be quite tricky.
Please note: The following links are pretty much redundant at the moment but are there to let you know what we will be adding in the future. Please bookmark us and come back regularly as we add more pages.
- Sell Stock Videography
- Formats and Codecs
- Sound and Audio
- Video Stabilisation – Holding the Camera Steady
- Exposure and Zebras
- Shutter Speeds
- Slow Motion
- Time Lapse Video
- Gain and Noise
- Filters (ND, Grad etc)
- Regions (PAL/NTSC)
- Light Flicker (It Hertz)
- Focus Pulling
- Focus Peaking
- Stabilisers and Stabilisation
- White Balance
- Internal and External Microphones
- Adding Music and Other Audio to Video
- Rendering and Output
The appeal of video for me has always been the way that combining moving images with great audio has such an effect of our emotions. Even with photography I started creating slideshows with music (and short video clips) almost as soon as I had started digital photography.
I would recommend that anyone interested in digital photography, especially in this crazy “videocentric” world we are living in, starts to learn the ins and outs of video. After all, I can almost guarantee that most of you have video features in your cameras, smartphones or tablets!