5 WAYS TO SPOT AN AMATEUR VIDEOGRAPHER

I get it.  Budgets sometimes force you to take a risk on a cheap service.  You’d rather not take a risk but budgets are set and here’s your videographer.  How do you know if this person is any good?  Spotting a problem early is always better than finding out at the first cut.  Here are 5 things you can look for that amateur videographer all do.

HOSE THE SCENE

A good videographer can look at a complex environment and break it down in real time to a collection of shots that tell a story within the scene.  An amateur pans around the scene so you see everything. 

CHASE THE SHOT

A good videographer knows what they want to capture before they start recording and they stick with it until they have their shot.  An amateur will let their initial shot go to chase unexpected action inevitably missing both shots.

EYEBALL EXPOSURE

A good videographer will us a color board, chip card and/or waveform to set exposure correctly.  An amateur eyeballs what they see in the on-camera display.  Worse, they hand the job off to their camera and shoot on full auto.

APOLOGIZE

In an effort to manage the production event a good videographer will express gratitude for actions taken by participants.  An amateur will apologize for actions they request from the same.

AVOID RESPONSIBILITY

Amateurs make excuses for their deficits.  Professionals own their actions.