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Event Videography

This week on DeliBytes, Ali shares his knowledge on event videography.

Check out the video above or on YouTube and if you like it, share it! We also summarised the tips below, so have a read if you don’t have time to watch.

From weddings to recitals to product launches event videography is the most common form of video making but of course not all events are the same and event videos are tailored to the client’s needs.

So there are many factors that need to be considered when shooting events.

Know your brief!

In most cases when you are commissioned to shoot an event you should be given a brief from a client highlighting what they want their video to contain from locations, people, activities tone and field.

Familiarising yourself with what the client wants is essential.

It can be helpful to ask questions about specifics and to thoroughly chat through their needs with them so that you don’t miss out on anything crucial when it comes to shooting the event itself.

Prepare your equipment

It’s important to communicate to the client about the gear you have and what they’ll be needing for the shoot.

Depending on the nature of the video it’s best to know well ahead of time what you should be bringing, whether it’s just basic video gear like camera and tripod for simple highlights shooting or if they need audio equipment for Vox pops or recording speeches.

In some cases you may also need to hire additional equipment as well so be clear about your equipment list and discuss the clients needs with plenty of time for preparation.

Be organized professional and respectful

When it comes to shooting the event it’s important to be organized professional and respectful. Try not to interfere with the event itself and cause any unnecessary distractions.

Talk with the organizers about where you can park, unload and store your equipment. Establish a base of
operations away from the thoroughfare and preferably out of sight from the main event.

Capturing the event

There is a fine balance as well when it comes to the amount you shoot at an event under-shooting and over-shooting will result in problems when putting together the final product.

A good way to ensure you don’t do either is to have a list with dot points highlighting each and everything the client wants and shooting a healthy amount of each and every one of them slowly ticking them off as you do.

Give yourself a rough idea of different types of shots you would want for each dot point so you have a variety and diversity in the final cut as well.

We hope you have fun shooting and always think creatively!