Making The Leap from Still Photography To Video

Transitioning from Still Photography to Video
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Going from still photography to videography isn't as easy as some people think. However as a photographer, you would have a major advantage since they share are some common skillsets and equipment. Here are some tips to get you started in making the transition.

Get The Necessary Equipment And Master It
As with photography, videography also relies on specific equipment that you will need to learn how to properly use. A tripod is a great tool for photography but the moving nature of your subject in videos means you will require more advanced equipment. Depending on what you're filming, your camera's steadiness, fluidity, and flexibility become critical to capturing the shot you're trying to achieve. For example, a horizontal transition across a scene requires a camera dolly for accurate and shake-free shots. But if you're shooting smooth close-ups while walking on an uneven surface, you're probably going to need a Steadicam.

Learn The Importance Of Audio
One of the more significant aspects of transitioning from still photography to movies is the importance audio in most of your projects. You may not always need to record audio depending on the project. However for copyright reasons, reduced royalties, and creative freedom, it's best to capture your own original sounds. You will need to realize that many cameras actually don't come with a microphone, and you must attach one or record separately using a boom. Having separate video and audio tracks will give you greater freedom when it comes to editing your videos. And you can also add music in during post-production to further enhance your videos.

Still Photography to Video Post-Production
If you are a DSLR photographer, you should already have a sense of understanding about editing. Yet movies are different than still images since there are many more factors you need to account for. You will also have to deal with frames, audio, and VFX. Here's what you will need for quality post-production:
  • Adobe Premiere or similar programs for editing video and mixing in soundtracks.
  • Audio editing software such as Ableton and Adobe Audition for recording and mixing.
  • Incorporating VFX with software packages like Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D.
The beauty of software like Adobe Premiere is that you can import assets as necessary and make cuts in real time to both video and audio tracks.A dedicated audio package is still recommended before importing. And you can add polish to a project by incorporating stunning visual artistry.

Understand Frame Rates
In essence, a video is a series of rapidly taken still images. These are then played back at a specific rate for a movie. Standard videos use 24 to 30 images for every second of playback. This is called frame rate and is measured in frames per second, or FPS. Depending on the region, the frame rate is different. For example, the UK uses a 24 FPS PAL system, while the USA and Japan use a 30 FPS NTSC system. Additionally, exposure plays a crucial role when planning frame rates. It needs to be constant across all frames of your final production.

Lighting Is Still Crucial
Of course, as with photography, videography requires meticulous control of lighting. Instead of one-flash or strobe lighting, videos require fluid and continuous lighting rigs. While it doesn't sound all that complicated, you also need to consider that subjects will be moving through scenes which could potentially disrupting your lighting setup. Movement makes your lighting setup much more complex. Additionally, your camera position affects how it perceives light and transfers the information to your digital movie file, so complete control becomes necessary.

Going from still photography to video can be a challenge and it won't be easy unless you’re willing to invest the time and effort to learn what you need to know in order to succeed. It could be worthwhile to make the transition and pick up new skills since demand for video continues to grow.

This is a contributed post.


Lovely said...

Thanks for these tips! Have a great day.

Jackie Harrison said...

Loving these tips keep it coming.

R's Rue said...

Love these tips

Pilar said...

So many helpful tips, especially with Instagram trying to turn into TikTok now. I do miss the old Instagram though lol.