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Top 5: Videography Tips for Beginners

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Welcome to our brand new ‘Top 5’ blog series. Every week we will be revealing 5 pearls of wisdom from a member of the Tileyard London community. From creative industry tips, to top places in London to eat and drink, there’s a whole host of knowledge at Tileyard that you definitely don’t want to miss.

This week we spoke to Panos Agamemnos, or Badoos, as you may of heard of him. Panos is Tileyard’s videographer and content creator. He has been working in videography for over ten years and has experience shooting a range of content, from music videos to short films, drama productions and Tileyard YouTube content such as the Off The Record series. Here are his top 5 videography tips for beginners.

1.Take your time – don’t rush setting up before a shoot. There’s a lot to do and remember before you’re ready to hit record, especially if you’re filming in a new space. If you think it might help, put together a checklist of what you need to set up. For example, lighting, audio, multiple cameras etc. Ensure you have enough time to set up and film. If you need longer, tell the client.

2. Get it right on-set – this ties in with my first point. It’s important that you know what you have to shoot before recording so that you get it right on-set. Be confident if you’re not happy with a take and re-do it there and then. It’s not always easy to make edits and cuts in post-production.

3. Get more than you need – by this I mean film extra cutaways and shots on-set. This might mean filming more than you actually need for the piece of content but its always good to have more footage to play with. You can always use cutaways to keep your content engaging and to change things up. At the end of the day you don’t want to be stuck without enough footage and then be forced to re-film on another day.

4. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel – Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overcomplicate a shot. Stick to the brief you have been given to ensure you meet the clients requirements. The majority of filming set ups have been done before so you can learn and take inspiration from watching videos online. I find YouTube a really useful tool to use as a guide for filming if I’m trying out something new.

5. Get to know your gear – know the equipment you’re filming with. Even if you have basic equipment, you can still usually get the shots you want and produce good content. In order to be successful on a shoot, you need to know how to use your equipment properly.

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