Videographers are trendy again, nowadays people want to have as many memories of their lives as possible to be recorded and wedding videos are in demand more than ever before. But what does a videographer do? And what does it take to become one? Videographers responsibilities can be summarized in one main task – recording live events and small scale videos – although this one activity involves several related tasks which we will go through them below.
What is a corporate video company?
Even though videographers versatility can really be applied to a diverse number of videos such as weddings, birthday parties, interviews, commercial videos, corporate and brand promotional video productions. To a large scale, videographers can be involved in large video production or cinematic films, TV commercials and music videos.
Corporate videos are mainly focused on documenting part of the business and ensuring videos communicate the company´s values and vision. Corporate videographers are usually external although some companies have an in-house team. The latter is usually more convenient for e-commerce stores or companies who really need video marketing as a fundamental tool in the customer acquisition strategy. Examples of corporate videography would be charity and company events, product videos or explainers for self-promotion or just video documentation.
Freelance videographers just like many independent workers enjoy more freedom and work flexibility as they can choose their own projects according to their taste. I know some videographers who choose only to do commercial, fashion and beauty videos as that is not only their expertise but also what they are more attracted to. By being a freelancer, videographers can also copyright their work as opposed to in-house videographer whose work is subjected to the company´s copyright. On the other hand, by being self-employed, like many other freelancers, they have to work hard to get clients and manage all the aspects of the business.
HOW TO BECOME A VIDEOGRAPHER?
- 1. Attend workshops
- 2. Get a good video camera
- 3. Earn a related college degree?
- 4. Look for internships
- 5. Create your own films
- 6. Apply for jobs
Videography and photography as visual arts are related but both share several commonalities, for example, the fact that it is really hard to get into any of them. Videographer jobs are many times erratic and not a regular 9 to 5. You might work 12 hours a day and have no work for the next few days. If you are a wedding videographer, you know your job is seasonal.
On the other hand, if you work in the film industry, you might enjoy more stable work schedules although competition is very strong and it will require more than just technical knowledge but also creative and passion for films. Below I have listed a series of step that if taken properly will give you the highest chances of getting a job.
1. Attend workshops
A videographer is more than operating a video camera. It requires skills, technical knowledge and a creative flair too. I always recommend people to attend a workshop first as this way will help you understand whether becoming a videographer is for you. By taking short courses, you will not only learn some basic camera operation but also they might teach you filmmaking techniques, video editing and lighting setups.
2. Get a good video camera
Choose a good beginner camera. I said a beginner camera because once you have developed some experience, you will know what camera to choose but as a beginner, you don´t need to spend a fortune on a high-end camera till you know exactly what works best for you. As a beginner, you might find that a good DSLR camera can do the job.
Soon you’ll learn that a video camera is just one part of the equipment, there are also sliders, cranes, camera rigs, and other technical gear that you’ll have to familiarize yourself with.
3. Earn a related college degree?
You do not really a college degree to become a videographer, but having one will not hurt you. Experience and passion are much more important. There are several bachelor degrees that are closely related to videography and filmmaking that will provide you with valuable knowledge:
- Video editing
- Film theory
4. Look for internships
Like most jobs nowadays, even if you have a relevant degree, you have to have some experience. Get an internship or do some work experience ideally while you study, this way once you finish your degree, it will be much easier for you to find a job. Contact local television companies, film studios, and others that offer internships and look for opportunities to start out as an assistant.
5. Create your own films
Once you have earned some knowledge and your passion is firing. It is time to go solo for some time and pending time building real project with other passionate amateurs, this will not only help you build a portfolio but also to gain some practical knowledge. Besides, this will help you discover your own creative style.
6. Apply for jobs
After doing all the above things, you will be a pretty good position to get your career started, you can finally try to search for job opportunities. Look online for employment opportunities, make a couple of calls to film organizations if you like, and send the word out to family, friends, and partners.
VIDEO COMPANY EQUIPMENT
As a videographer, you will need to choose the right kind of equipment to shoot a scene as well as in charge of maintaining lighting, camera and other apparatus.
Editing the footages is very often part of videographers´ responsibility, especially for small productions. For large video productions such as TV commercials… the post-production usually happens at the studio. But for most videographers, especially freelancers, this needs to be done by themselves.
Videographers are not just only filming, handling and maintaining equipment, on most occasions, they also take part in the creative process as they choose and plan video scenes, make suggestions and within small teams they somehow have to act as filmmakers, especially freelancers.
VIDEO COMPANY SKILLS
Passion for video production, To thrive and even survive in the videography industry, you must have passion.
Video equipment. You must be confident operating at least two different camera models so it will give you a rough idea of the basic working functionality of an average video camera.
Artist perspective. It requires some artistry to get the shot and film movies, it is more than just grabbing a video camera and record.
Time management is a very important skill to work with deadlines and capturing all the moments without extending the recording time too long.
Physical fitness. Just because sometimes carrying all the video equipment can be physically challenging.
HOW MUCH DOES A VIDEO COMPANY MAKE?
Depending on the country and position held a videographer can make between $26 and $39 an hour in the US. In the United Kingdom, the averages wage is 14 pounds an hour. Although these number will vary largely depending on several factors such as location, education and skill expertise. As a freelance videographer, on the other hand, you could be making much more money but you will still need to find your own clients.
How much does a corporate video company charge in the UK?
I have made a special section for wedding videographer mainly due to the fact that this videographer field is so large that requires a specific section. Wedding videographer much acts like photographers at a wedding but rather than taking photos to record the ceremony.
Typically in the UK, the cost of a wedding videographer goes from £1500 up to £3900 depending on the location, the number of crew members and the quality of the services. Although these figures can vary largely also depending on what part of the country you are. Surprisingly London videography prices are not higher than any other video professional in others part of the country. Usually, in the cost of the wedding video, there are including multiple things – not just recording – such as post-production, travel costs, equipment and insurance.