Shoot Your Event Like a Pro with These Tips

man bringing tools for shooting

When you’re asked to shoot events as a videographer, you have a responsibility to make sure it comes out right. This can be complicated depending on the size of the event and what exactly you are shooting, but skill can ensure that the results will be sure to shine.   Here are a few tips on how to get the perfect video of the event:

Have the Right Equipment

One of the first things that you’ll need to ensure to get the perfect results for shooting your video is you need to have the right tools for the job. You most likely have the cameras and more. But if this is the first time you are shooting an event this size, then you likely don’t have other pieces of equipment.

For example, one of these is a jib crane. These are useful for getting the overhead shots that you want. You don’t have to buy one if you need it. A decent  rental package for a Stanton Jimmy Jib should be pretty affordable and can be within your budget for a shoot. Renting equipment for the shoot is a valid choice for those who need them and can be more cost-effective.

Another important piece of equipment is a soundboard. You’ll want a good sound recording and that is what it provides. You’ll need to know how to work it or get someone who can operate it.

Setup is Key

All of this equipment needs to be in the right place. That’s why you’ll want to be at the venue early. This allows you to stake out the best spots and scout around for perfect angles for your shots.

Pick the Style You Want

As the videographer, you’ll be taking a shot of the event but you need to go beyond that. You’re not just a cameraman now. You’re the director and you need to show off the event to its best. This is where knowing the style of video you want is important. Do you want it to look like a music video? Is it more like a lecture talk? Or are you just filming for the highlights? Decide on a style beforehand so that you can shoot it the way you want.

Multi-camera Is the Way to Go

No matter what style you are planning to use, multiple cameras are the way to go. Yes, you may be used to a single camera but for a large or important event, you’ll want to cover it from every angle. This makes the video more professional-looking. It also allows for different viewpoints, giving people a chance to see the event from different angles.

This means you will want them set-up in different places via jibs, tripods, and more. Don’t depend on people’s shaky hands to get the perfect shot.

Keep Recording

camera being use for recording an event

A lot of your work will be done in post and editing. This means you need to record a lot. Have the storage space ready so that you can have many videos to choose from for your edited final product.

Live events are a great challenge and you might miss a few things. However, they can be very rewarding to record, both in terms of experience and profit. The tips above should help ensure that your effort to shoot one is a big success.