Video for beginners in Stock photography discussion and contributor experience Posted September 19, 2016 After looking around at various agencies, I can see that all the obvious subjects have been video-clipped to death. However, I'm amazed by how many really bad videos there are of where I live. So that is giving me some idea of where to start. I certainly don't expect to make a pile of money with video. Nonetheless, it's something new to try. and I'm enjoying the learning curve. My first video project is an hour-long (or more) documentary intended for a wide audience via DVD (I like jumping in at deep ends), on a historical subject of local significance. It's written and presented by a friend so as the cameraman I don't have to worry too much about the content and instead I'm concentrating on image quality and visual appeal. Like others have said, I can't afford to splash out on expensive gear so I'm trying to make the most of the constraints of static camera equipment. One person who's seen clips of the film said it clearly showed my background as a still photographer, which doesn't surprise me as all the shots are statically filmed and any movement is within the frame. But I feel that trying to emulate motorised zooms, sliders or trolleys manually will inevitably give the film an amateurish look. Everyone who's seen bits of it says it's visually very appealing. One thing we've found over the year we've been shooting, which is relevant to your comment above, John, is that as we explore the local area for ideas and locations, we come across other smaller topics of great interest and add them to a list of short films we plan to do in the future. Many of the scenes we've shot, and would be shooting for future films, are ideal for being extracted as clips for sale through a library. In terms of equipment I've broken my limited-spend rule in only one area, and that's sound. The sound capabilities of a DSLR are pretty poor compared to its visual capabilities, and I invested in a couple of lapel mics (cheap at £20 a piece but good quality) and a Tascam DR60 external recorder. Alan An hour That will take a while to edit, process and grade! Just finished a 10min job for a bunch of lads doing a 24hour endurance bike ride from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. That took long enough. An hour.... dedication there!! Anyone who's interested, the exploits of the six riders is on my blog. Mental the lot of them!!