How to Become a Videographer

Videography is a unique yet demanding field of work.

Videography is a competitive field that demands creativity, ambition, and technical knowledge. You can prepare to be a videographer by having the right education and experience under your belt. Once you get into the field, you can work on finding jobs, creating a portfolio, and developing a unique style.

Videographers look for careers with television stations, movie studios and directors, news agencies and other media companies, with universities, courts, and other public institutions, as social media consultants, or documenting events such as weddings.

Getting an Education

Get a high school education. You can begin preparing for a career as a videographer while you are still in high school. Find and take any courses at your school that involve working with film.

Some high schools have courses in broadcasting, technology, film, art, or journalism that might involve components relevant to videography.

Take part in your school’s news program, if it has one, as a chance to practice filming.

Register for any student film contests.

Get a college degree. While you don’t really need a specific degree in order to work as a videographer, most in the field have a bachelor’s degree in some area that is related to broadcasting or film. While earning a degree, you will get valuable technical skills and experiences. Courses you can take and possible majors are:

  • Communications
  • Cinematography
  • Broadcasting
  • Video editing
  • Film theory
  • Computer science
  • Script analysis
  • Media ethics
  • Screenwriting

Learn everything you can about video equipment and software. As a videographer, you will consistently be working with camera equipment and editing software, so it’s a fantastic idea to begin practicing with these ASAP. While digital cameras and computer software are the state of the art, you may also gain some familiarity with another sort of equipment and editing techniques.

Professional video equipment and software can be pricey, but if you are serious about becoming a videographer, it could be worth the investment.