Photography and videography are very popular hobbies, and millions of people enjoy practicing them. Even though these two hobbies might have a lot in common, there are also some key differences that photographers should understand.

Without one knowing a thing or two about the other, there can be a lot of problems if they end up working together. Therefore, let’s take a look at what every photographer should know about videography.

Less space for post-processing

A majority of passionate photography hobbyists, but professionals as well, love taking RAW photos.

But, this is a luxury in the videography world, literally. Only the most expensive cameras can record RAW videos, and 99% of videographers are stuck with already compressed video formats. Therefore, the next time you are working with a videographer, take that he or she will need more time to get set up into consideration, as they cannot really do too much processing in post.

Even though there are great video editing software tools, a number of changes that can be made is quite limited.

Manual focus is more challenging

Doing manual focus in photography is a challenging endeavor. However, newer cameras can easily notify you when you have focused the subject.

This is something that videographers struggle with greatly. As the video is rolling, there is not a lot of help with manual focus, and a videographer has to make all the necessary adjustments before he or she starts shooting.

Therefore, if you are working with a videographer, there is a high chance that he or she will need a lot more time to get the focus right before the video is shot. Like with images, there’s no editing that can refocus a picture or video.

Audio is half the quality of the video

Photographers are not worried about audio. They simply capture a single frame, telling a compelling and breath-taking story.

In videography, audio is as important as video. Both of these elements need to be of high quality in order to offer a well-told story. This is why you see a lot of videographers investing in different types of microphones, as the stereo one on the DSLR is simply not good enough. If you ever plan to switch to videography, consider getting a separate microphone for the better results.

Videography is more focused on telling a story

Photography sure does tell a story, but the elements of the story greatly depend on our imagination. It is more about capturing that perfect moment.

In the video world, things are quite different. Even though the same photography composition principles apply, the storytelling functions differently. Videographers have much more space to take a lot of footage to tell the story completely.

This is why you are going to see a videographer take much more footage because he or she needs a lot more elements in order to tell the story precisely. Once the footage is captured, he can move on to tell a story in his own way through various video editing services in place.

A tripod becomes much more important

Shooting photos without a video is not challenging, as long as you stand above a 120-shutter speed.

However, when shooting a video, handshaking becomes a very big problem, making the video look completely unprofessional. This is why peripherals like a tripod and gimbals become essential to shoot high-quality videos. Therefore, if you are thinking about making a shift towards videography, plan on getting different types of peripherals that will help you stabilize your shots.

These five things are very important for understanding videographers better from a photographer’s point of view. Therefore, the next time you are working with one, you will understand why they practice several habits that greatly differ from yours.

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Helen Clark

Helen Clark is a senior content manager who writes guest blogs for websites around the world.

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