What does a videographer do?
Videographers record moving images on many different types of electronic media such as videotape, disk, memory card, and other electro-mechanical devices. They also broadcast events live. They record a wide variety of events such as weddings, conferences, sports events, documentaries, and music videos. Some videographers record videos for Internet broadcasting. Videographers operate and maintain a variety of video equipment and they edit footage to meet the expectations of their clients. They maintain video walls and satellite and edit lighting and sound. They use a many different types of equipment such as cameras, tripods, computers, editing equipment, digital storage devices, and sound mixing equipment.
What kind of training does a videographer need?
Videographers must have at least a high school diploma, but many employers prefer applicants with formal postsecondary education. Many videographers have a bachelor degree in videography, video production, or other related field. Some videographers attend film schools. Prospective videographers often complete courses in business, digital technology, videotaping, video production, and video editing. Some aspiring videographers complete internships or shadow experienced videographers to gain practical experience and establish valuable contacts. Others start out working as assistants and move on to videographer positions as they gain the necessary skills and experience. Many videographers start out videotaping a variety of events and creating a portfolio to show to prospective employers and clients. Many also subscribe to videographic newsletters and magazines. Videographers must complete continuing education to keep their skills up to date and stay abreast with technological advances in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a videographer?
Employment of videographers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 11% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in computer and Internet services will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good with strong competition. Videographers with advanced training and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.
How much do videographers make?
As of March 2010, the middle 50% of videographers earn annual salaries between $47,670 and $76,128. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $93,036 (2).
A career as a videographer is an excellent choice for individuals with a strong interest in videotaping a variety of events. Videographers must have a solid understanding of how camera equipment works and the techniques to videotape a variety of situations. Creativity, motivation, good eye-hand coordination, detail orientation, and patience are necessary characteristics. Videographers must have good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide variety of people. They must be able to work under stress and pressure and be quick on their feet to capture important moments. Videographers must also be able to adapt to the constantly changing technologies.