Each of us, one way or another, admit them!
But there are the most common mistakes that most newcomers make in the strategy, approaching clients, doing business and telling life stories through their work.
In particular, we highlighted 10 basic errors of a beginner videographer!
So, let’s begin…
1) Buy before you try!
We live in a time of technological progress. More and more technical equipment and various gadgets are appearing on the market, in connection with this, many novice videographers make the same mistake. Buy without trying! It is important to understand that as you refine your style, your equipment preferences will begin to change.
Over time, you will develop for yourself the most convenient and suitable style of shooting and begin to use only the most necessary. Many of our colleagues are still getting rid of equipment that they have stopped using.
Equipment rental and testing is the surest and most effective way for a beginner!
2) Shoot everything!
Imagine the situation, in the morning you appear in the bride’s house, afraid to miss and not to fix the most important thing, frantically trying to shoot everything that happens around! As practice shows, adhering to such a strategy, at the output you get gigabytes of unnecessary material, wasted time and energy!
Think More and Shoot the Important! Take time to look around, evaluate, talk with people, then make a decision, prioritize and make the right choice.
3) Miss an emotional moment!
Even though this error is most often encountered with any kind of filming, wedding video shooting will serve as a good example more than ever! Imagine a situation where a dress is tightened on the bride, you find the perfect place to capture this moment, how it happens.
As soon as the dress is dressed and tightened, you are ready to proceed to the next stage of shooting, thinking that you are done with it. However, just at that moment, “magic” happens. As practice shows, strong emotional reactions usually occur at the moment when the next stage is completed Pubg wallpaper.
Be careful when shooting! Know how to wait and predict. Learn to wait for the reaction of people to the beautiful, rather than just shoot something beautiful!
4) Take pictures without first paying attention to the settings!
Imagine that you are so excited to want to shoot everything that happens in front of you. Frantically and in a hurry, you press the familiar REC button, but at the time of the shooting, you understand that you did not properly adjust the white balance, aperture, ISO, etc. In the first 15 seconds of shooting, you are frantically trying to adjust all the settings, missing really important points!
Take a minute, exhale and tune before shooting! Thus, you can be present in the present moment and greatly facilitate your work at the post-production stage. Restraint and discipline will make you a master!
5) To think and believe that there are standard templates that you need to fit into and capture!
When we started, the timing of our wedding films was 60 minutes. Every detail, every formality was in the film, because we believed that we had to repeat what everyone else did before us. It was not interesting to customers and it was not interesting to us. It was just … very boring!
Stop following boring and standard paradigms! If you find understanding and a common vision with the client, then it is likely that you can also give a well-made 10-minute wedding film to your hands. You can tell a story that you really would like to tell! Remember: Innovation is when we forget what has been done BEFORE and instead, follow the vision of how it might look in a new way!
6) Trying to take on too much when it’s too early for that!
It is not easy to take, for example, a tool like Steadicam and become a specialist in its use in less than a few months or a year. We, like everyone else, also once started from scratch, without having the full set of equipment that we have now. We paved our way to the heights of excellence, constantly evolving to this day. Even when Steadicam appeared at our place, we started using it on the set only after we had successfully honed work with it.
Rely on time! Admit to yourself that you are a beginner! Begin your journey with the basics, gradually becoming a professional, honing your skills!
7) Do not move or change the shooting point!
You are afraid that you will miss something, so you stand in one place while continuing to shoot! It can get bored very quickly! Being present at the moment of the shooting process and knowing exactly your goals, you will feel when the time comes to change the shooting point!
Be in the moment here and now! Define your goals precisely!
8) To tell and convince customers that you are “packed” with the latest technology!
When we started our journey, we tried to convey to our customers the idea that we have the highest class equipment, telling them about the lenses, microphones, and cameras that we use on the set. We thought that by talking about this, we would be able to get more orders, but the more we talked about it, the more often we realized that it was not of particular interest to our customers! Our customers had an interesting story that we could offer.
A story that would be filled with the joy of an experienced moment, family warmth and memorable emotions! From the moment we began to tell people why we make films and stories that we want to tell through our work, we were able to receive more orders! Moreover, interesting people began to find us themselves! Thus, we were not limited to the creative freedom of our actions!
The stories about the equipment and gadgets that you possess are not something that may interest the client! A truly unique and unforgettable story that you can tell through your work can interest the client!
9) Do not live up to customer expectations!
Most complaints or questions from customers come from the fact that their expectations are not met. Not being honest, open with clients and not letting them clearly understand what the result of your work will be, unpleasant surprises can and will arise.
Make it clear to the client what you are offering to meet his expectations and not be in an unpleasant situation!
10) Do not need criticism and feedback!
Ask someone you trust what they think about your work. Believe me, this is the fastest way to learn from your own mistakes and develop your skills. It will also teach you to suppress and control your ego! And if you want to become the best, then this is a must! By creating a film, your perception may become dull, ask for help from the outside, a fresh perception is always useful, and sometimes just necessary!
Severe but honest criticism of one person is always more valuable than a hundred enthusiastic reviews on Vimeo, Pubg pc or Vkontakte.