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Photographer vs. Videographer

‘Don’t videographers and photographers do one and the same thing?’ This has often been the cue for a heated argument on the difference between photographers and videographers. Its often required for a video production company clarify the difference.

There are several points of conflict that are causing a rift between professional videographers and photographers. Amongst these points of conflict is that they find that they are competing for the same positions.

Defining a Videographer and a Photographer

These two professionals are like skiers and snowboarders. They are completely different in what they do and how they work. It is important for both clients and professionals to realize that their functions are not interchangeable.

A photographer takes photographs using a camera. Professional photographers may work for companies or as individual contractors. They capture a moment in a single image. Several photographs therefore are required to encapsulate an event.

A videographer uses a video camera to capture an event. They capture a series of moments in audiovisual content. They may work for a company or as an individual contractor. A single film can be used to document an event.

Differences between the Two

Although photography and videography have their similarities, they can’t be lumped into the same category. There are a lot of differences between the two.

Photography has been around for many years. People understand the importance of photography and the work that a photographer puts into getting the perfect shots and delivering awe-inspiring prints to clients.

Video on the other hand is moving images and incorporates audio. Video is quickly catching up to photos and other images as a medium of communication. Despite this, many people still don’t have a clear understanding of the amount of work a videographer has to do in order to document an event, edit a film, and ensure that their clients are happy with their work.

Things a videographer doesn’t tell you

There’s a lot that goes into documenting events than simply holding up a camera. There’s a lot that your video expert would like to tell you:

  1. Creating a video takes more than capturing what you see. It’s also about capturing sound. Professionals use external sound recording equipment for the best quality. The sound recordings and the audiovisual content have to be synchronized during editing. This isn’t easy. Photographers only have to worry about the images.
  2. In order to capture those important moments at the right angle, multiple cameras, and sound equipments are required. This means working with footage from different sources during editing to get the perfect film. Photographers only need to select the best shots even if they are from multiple cameras.
  3. A lot more equipment is required to get the perfect footage. A videographer may need stabilizers, more than one camera, microphones, siders, and drones to capture the event.
  4. Editing photos isn’t easy. Editing videos is a whole different ball game. There is usually more than 100 GB worth of footage for any given event to go through. There are also hours of sound recordings that have to be synchronized with the footage. You then have to compile the footage in a way that tells the story.

Videographers and photographers are different but both are essential for capturing special moments.

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