I’m working on a music video for my library right now, so lighting, audio, and video equipment is pretty fresh in my head at the moment (more on that video later).
If you make video of any type for your library (and you should be!), here’s something to remember: don’t overdo it.
Remember your end-goal. The goal really isn’t a professionally-polished video (although that’s nice). The goal isn’t to have crystal-clear, audiophile-quality sound (although that’s nice). The goal isn’t to have pristine lighting (although, again … that’s nice).
Your real goal is to be seen and heard – to communicate. Make the video, the lighting, and the audio good enough so that it doesn’t distract viewers from your real goal.
With that goal in mind:
- Do you need a great set of wireless mics, or do you just need to scoot the camera closer to the person?
- Do you need a great three-point video lighting system, or do you just need a sunny window?
- Do you need a fancy DSLR camera, or do you just need to … learn the equipment you have first?
Definitely focus on making the best video you can. But also don’t lose track of the real goal.
Cool DSLR setup by Andy Ramdin