“I need to find a freelance videographer, but how can I make sure that I’m hiring the best?”
The role of a videographer is relatively straightforward, but with so many talented creatives out there (all with diverse skill sets and specialisms) it can be tricky to get your head around such a broad and varied role. No need to worry- in this role breakdown we keep things simple, but provide all the information you’ll need when you book a freelance videographer for your next project.
What exactly is a freelance videographer?
In essence, a freelance videographer captures video content for various brands and clients on an ongoing or project-to-project basis. They work under a producer, alone, or as part of a small team to record footage for anything from a long-form documentary to a short music video or TV advert. They are responsible for maintaining and operating their equipment, shooting the actual footage, and usually editing the content themselves afterwards.
What types of freelance videographers are there?
The list is endless, but here are some examples of videographer types to be aware of:
What’s in a videographer’s job description?
So how do you break down a broad role like this into day-to-day responsibilities? Depending on your project’s brief, they can be tasked with any of the following:
What is a videographer’s skill set?
Above all else a videographer must be a skilled camera operator, usually trained to work with multiple cameras and lenses of all sizes. They should also have a strong understanding of, and ability to use, video editing softwares such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Avid or Adobe Premiere Pro. Important soft skills include communication, attention to detail and strong storytelling ability.
Why should you hire a freelance videographer?
Taking on a freelance videographer is one of the best ways to market your business or tell your brand’s story. Experts in their field, they are flexible to your project’s needs and can capture a special event for you, or put together footage of your company that encapsulates its culture and successes. With the explosion of video content in recent years, these are projects that no company should miss out on.
With this information under your belt, it should be much easier to choose the perfect freelancer for your business! For added support and a streamlined freelance booking process, contact Mary, our Head of Freelance here at Yellow Cat.