How I Prepare for a Video Shoot

Everyone has their own style when it comes to shooting video.  A lot of it is how you learn, but some things you just develop along the way.

Whenever I’m asked to shoot a video for someone, I always check to make sure I have time.  The worst thing that could happen, and it’s happened to me, is that you take on a new project only to realize you’re not going to have time to create the product you and the client want in enough time.  Learning to say no, when you don’t have time, is a valuable skill I have learned.

On the day of the shoot I’ll make sure I have my camera charged with extra batteries.  I’ll pack everything into my Manfrotto Backpack (I LOVE THIS BACKPACK SO MUCH) and head on to the location.  At this point in my career I don’t normally need to scout a location or anything because I’ve normally already been to the location where the video will be shot.

You can never shoot too much video.


Another lesson I learned the hard way.  Don’t be afraid to shoot anything and everything!!  When I come back to edit, there’s always something I wish I had more video of.  It may seem repetitive at the time, but get as many angles and as many shots as you can.  You’ll thank yourself later.  Because of this you need to make sure you have plenty of memory card storage.  I recommend using type of GB’s above 64.  I have a 128 GB memory card in my camera right now and that usually is plenty for me.

Shooting video can be tricky.  I’m a huge advocate for tripods and monopods.  Nothing distracts me more from watching a video than if it’s shaky.  It’s not hard to put a camera on a tripod and again you’ll thank yourself later when editing.  I’ve recently been using monopods when I have to move around quickly.  It provides stability for the camera and doesn’t take up a ton of space.

My favorite part of the video process is editing.  I first started editing in Windows Movie Maker way back when.  I upgraded to iMovie and then in high school I started using Avid.  Thankfully my teacher got me started on Final Cut Pro and that’s when I began to realize how powerful editing is.  Now in college I use Premiere Pro, but I’d have to say nothing can beat Final Cut for me.  Take time to watch tutorials.  There are still so many things I don’t even know how to do in post production and I’m constantly learning.

As I continue to learn and get older I know I’ll change how I prepare for shoots.  Right now I have a good routine going and I can’t wait to see what the future will hold.