Did you just hire a videographer for a project solely based on his/her equipment alone? Anyone who has money can buy the best and latest equipment. So I hope your newly hired videographer has more to offer than just their equipment.
As a videographer you must think ahead. I have been in too many situations where I had to think on my feet, so that I could make the product as good as possible. For instance, I recently shot a bride in a room that was a nursery room at a church. The room was big which helped, however, there were kid paintings on the wall and cribs to the side of the room. I decided not to shoot the room too wide, and to focus mainly on close ups and medium shots. By doing shooting close-ups, I was able to hide the fact she was getting ready in a nursery.
There was a time during toasts at a wedding I was recording where the dj’s mic was not working well. The guest who were giving the toast did not know they were not being heard by the other guest, and I knew if they were not transmitting any audio from the mic, I too would not be getting sound on my recorder which was plugged into the dj’s mixer. I quickly took out a small Zoom recorder that had in my bag and placed it on the guest who was giving the toast. The recorder had a lavaliere mic attached to it so I could get great sound too. I was glad I made that split decision to attach the recorder to the guests who were giving the speeches because now I had the speeches to make my wedding film. If I only relied on the dj’s mic for the speeches I would have had no sound….and the film would not have been a film but a highlight video.
Same thing goes when it comes to lighting. Many times I shoot in very dark rooms. I can’t rely on the location lighting, I must think ahead, which I do. Because I think ahead, I provide myself with great lighting. Having your subject lit well helps prevent the video from becoming too grainy. I like to shoot as clean as possible and this is why I bring my own lights. Never rely on others to do the job…be prepared.
Situations like these should open your eyes to who and why you are hiring. Can they perform when the situations are not always pleasant? Making great films with undesirable settings is a challenge, but if you have the experience you can amaze your clients, and yourself with the final film.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. I am a five time Telly Award winner.