Someone reached out to us on Instagram (follow us!) the other day and asked a few questions about starting a videography business. I gave them our email and sent a response today. I pasted some of the response below. Perhaps it will be helpful to some of you as well.
My MacBook is very outdated about 6 years old and even then I didn’t add anything to upgrade it. I have had multiple people tell me to switch from FCP X to Adobe didn’t know what your thoughts were on that? I love FCPX, but it takes some getting used to. Many people switched to Adobe when FCPX was first announced, but I think that was a bit reactionary. I dig the software and think it is a super helpful tool if you learn it. I don’t like the monthly payment setup that Adobe uses for its Creative Cloud. I think FCPX is powerful and intuitive. That’s my suggestion.
My parents have a Canon T3i so I thought I could use that on some beginning projects to get some money coming in. Didn’t know what you thought about staying with cannon In the long run I saw you using Sony some. The Sony is powerful in low-light situations, but unless you invest in the proper gear for it (a cage, rails, matte box, monitor/external recorder), it doesn’t have an advantage over most Canon DSLR’s. I use a Canon 5D mark iii, C100 mark ii, and Sony A7S. I think you should use the T3i and eventually invest in a used 5D or a new Canon 6D. Both are great.
Was considering buying a slider from Rhino and some type of stabilizer?
I love Rhino’s products. Creative, affordable and great customer service. Their slider is incredible and I’m especially excited about their new Evo +Motion systems. Their Rhino steady is nice, but like all stabilizer systems, it can be tough to balance and use well. That being said, it is a great value and you can learn it if you put in the effort. They have great tutorials online.
Just wanted to know your advice on me starting out and maybe what you learned when you started? My biggest recommendation would be to shoot and edit a ton, as basic as that sounds. Make videos for your family, experiment with ideas, do fun videos, etc. The more you edit, the quicker and better you will become. I would start out by taking small jobs and charging a minimal amount. For example, the first 5 weddings I shot I did for the same price. After that, the next 5 weddings I did I charged $500 more and I kept increasing the price every 5 weddings or so until I got to my goal. This year we had over 100 inquiries for weddings. I also think it’s important to invest in the creative community around you. Do that through social media, going to events and networking, etc. There will always be work for creatives, but it is essential to make relationships with other professionals along the way so you can share work. I have a handful of videographers than I send work to when I can’t do it and vice versa. I also network with photographers, wedding venues, and event planners to share my work and to help promote theirs. Although it’s a competitive business, it pays to be kind and thoughtful. There are always things to learn and people to learn from. It keeps me humble for sure. Also, YouTube is your friend. Watch tutorials and learn from people who are better than you. Especially when you start using FCPX (or Adobe) tutorials can be super helpful.
Basic Starting gear:
– Canon Camera
– Lenses (50mm 1.8 is awesome for starters and a 18-35 is great too.
Don’t go crazy on gear just yet. This is a great start.