Professional videographers do much more than just record a video. Experts at video services have the background and equipment to produce high-quality videos to document your special events or produce a perfect portrait.
While general-use cameras improve in quality, so do the equipment used by pros. Better cameras can produce higher quality videos than standard cameras.
Professional videographers and photographers use flattering angles and unique perspectives and settings that set their work apart from most amateur efforts.
Professional videographers use editing techniques to help clear up potential audio issues.
How to hire a videographer
Good videographers have strong reputations. Since what they do is both personal and image-based, their work is easy to check out. Do your research to find a professional who works in the style you want for a price you can afford.
As soon as you know you need to hire someone to document a wedding or other major life event, begin your search for the right pro. Angie's List can be a great resource, in addition to asking friends and family for recommendations. Set up a consultation appointment with those whose work seems to be what you want. Use this initial meeting to find out more about their experience.
When looking at the work, pay attention to angles, camera steadiness, lighting and other techniques.
Make sure to ask about what to expect all along the way and the full spectrum of possible services and products. Be clear about how long the videographer will be on the job and when you'll receive the final video. Know what to expect of the end product. Will you receive a DVD of the video, or will the video be hosted on a website for you to download?
When you have finalized a list of what you want, be sure to put all the details, including prices, in writing.
Wedding videographer services
When it comes to wedding videography, know what services you want. Do you want a video of the ceremony only? Do you want both the ceremony and the reception recorded? Most ceremony packages range $400 to $900, while adding the reception can reach a final price of $900 to $1,200.
If you want special editing techniques, such as your wedding ceremony and reception video to play like a movie or documentary, expect to pay anywhere from $2,200 to $3,200.
Some videographers may also offer full-service packages, capturing everything from the wedding rehearsal to the end of the reception, edited to fit together like a movie or a documentary of the event. These packages can cost $3,500 to $6,000.