You can learn your craft through other job positions. I have been fortunate enough to be both a news photojournalist as well as an editor. When I shot news, I was aware of what I needed to shoot and what my surroundings were. When I was an editor I learned about shot selection, which in return made me a better photojournalist. Just because your current position is as an editor and you really want to be a videographer, don’t give up. There are many things you can learn about videography while you are in the editor chair. Examine the shots that you can use while you’re editing as well as shots that you wish you had. If you make note of those shots you wish you did have to complete your edit when you are out in the field as a videographer, you will be soon realize what shots you’re missing. Angles also play a huge role when I shoot. When I was videographer before I had a chance to edit, my video looked boring. I shot things straight on and never shot things from an angle. Now that I have experience in editing, I have found angels to be a huge component to how I shoot video. Editing and shooting go hand and hand. If you get the opportunity to do both do it…it will be a great benefit to your craft.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.