May 22, 2016 at 7:41PM


From Photography to Video shooting

I've been learning photography for many years and know what makes a good photo (composition, framing, lighting, etc)
But now I'm more interested in videos. Video seems to be a "richer" medium that convey more messages, and more popular compared to photos.
I did some recordings and simple cuttings before, but there's still a long way to go if I take it seriously.

What's the differences between your experiences between taking photos and shooting videos?
Please tell me the important things to know for turning myself into a videomaker from a photographer.

Thanks a lot!!!


Lots of photography is about the "decisive moment". Just because a photograph "works" for 1/125th of a second doesn't mean the scene can hold interest for 10 seconds. For this reason you must look at composition from a totally different perspective.

First and foremost, you need to understand how to make lighting work not just for an instant, but across time. 3-point lighting is the start, but "motivated lighting" is the goal.

Secondly, you need to understand that most cinematic shots are shot from a moving platform (jib, dolly, gimbal, drone, etc), not a tripod (unless you are shooting a soap opera with 1970s production values). The movement of the camera requires one to compose not only spatially, but temporally.

Storyboarding is a great way of reducing the virtually unlimited number of variables of cinematography to a finite number of shots needed to tell a story. Executing each story board will teach you how to balance those things that happen in front of the lens with those things that need to happen behind the lens.

May 23, 2016 at 7:38AM


Thanks for answering!
I found it challenging to control the movement of the camera...


May 23, 2016 at 6:30PM

I come from a professional photography background ( studio and location shooting with Mamiya RZ67, Sinar 4x5 and Sinar 8x10 cameras ), and the biggest challenge for me when moving to video production was understanding how to record good quality audio. Audio is as important as your image, and it's not an easy thing to master, so it takes a lot of practice to get good at it.

Most of your photographic knowledge will still apply with video production, but you probably won't be shooting RAW footage ( equivalent to shooting RAW photos ) so you will have to be careful with color-balance and exposure when you shoot video because generally there is limited correction that can be done in post, so you want to get things right when shooting.

You learn pretty fast that good video production requires a team of people to produce a great product, as it's much too difficult to try and do everything yourself.

Lastly, video is all about storytelling, so you need to know how to tell a good story visually with as few shots as necessary, keep your audience entertained, and still deliver a great finished piece.

May 23, 2016 at 11:21AM, Edited May 23, 11:22AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Could you recommend some off-camera microphone capable of recording high quality audio?


May 23, 2016 at 6:32PM

>>>Could you recommend some off-camera microphone capable of recording high quality audio?

Before I can recommend something, I need to know a few things...

1- What kind of audio are you trying to record ?

2- Are you shooting indoors or outdoors ?

3- Do you own any audio gear right now ?

4- What camera are you shooting with ?

5- What's your budget for new audio gear ?

May 23, 2016 at 7:38PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

The trick to getting good audio is simple - get close to the person speaking or source, and minimize all extraneous noise. Then set your volume correctly. That is really about it. The cheapest mics and recorders when set up properly are better than the most expensive equipment when used incorrectly. Almost anything you can buy today at almost any price is good enough. Audio is my specialty. I can get good sound with just about anything you hand me, as can anyone who does sound regularly. I had to use a cheap lapel mic on a boom pole once. The results were fine. Don't let equipment hold you back.

May 24, 2016 at 8:19PM


Thanks for your advice!


May 26, 2016 at 8:52PM

I think good audio is basically all about quality microphones and quality recorders. For voice and intentional sounds (closing doors, rattling keys, squeaking wheels etc) you are almost always better off with close-miking. Ambient sound requires good stereo recording, and proper phase should be respected.

May 24, 2016 at 9:50PM

Cary Knoop

My advice for photogs switching to video is always to think in sequences instead of a single shot. You need at least 3 shots to use it as proper coverage and you need them to be about 20% different from each other. Think about audio, how do things sound and what motivates the sounds. Establish your own style and experiment with what works and why/how it works. A lot of your skills transfer over, so you are already ahead of the game!

May 26, 2016 at 11:33AM, Edited May 26, 11:33AM

Eric Buist
Producer | Creator

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