Photography is one of those professions that can be termed as a ‘calling’ profession. Even with the best photography teachers, you cannot become the best photographer, if the art itself is not in your heart. So many people mistake photography for just a push of a button or some flickering of the flash and your good to go.
If you only remember one thing after reading this article, make it this. All your footage should be stored in a way that makes it easy to find and in a way that makes it easy to migrate to whatever the next storage media is, and you need to have at least two copies of everything.
The good thing is that with the right combination of skills and interest in learning about this area, you can still become a professional photographer even without any prior attendance to photography school. In this piece, I will highlight some basic photography tips and tricks that will be of help to you especially if you are a newbie.
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I store my footage in folders named by date and description (tip: put the year first, so you can sort it easily ‘2012-09-18” is easy for the computer to sort chronologically, 9-18-2012 is not.) and store it on three separate SATA drives. One at home, one in my studio, and a third to shuttle new footage back and forth. Other people may have more elegant solutions with RAIDs or Drobos. Whatever you use, be consistent, and be rigorous.
Understand Your Camera: Ever since the first camera was designed in 1685 by Johann Zahn, cameras have come in so many designs it would take a century to learn how to take professional images with each of these cameras. Therefore, the first step you make as an aspiring photographer is to understand the camera that you are going to be using. What I mean by this is that different cameras have different procedures of using them so as to get an optimum result.
One of the most common, and greivous, mistakes new videographers make is skimping on the tripod. A tripod is one of the most important purchases you’ll make and you should choose one wisely and spend the proper amount of money on it. You can buy a cheap one now, but you’ll keep buying cheap ones until that day you get the one you should have bought the first time around.