Shooting Modern Stock Video

Here are a few tips I have for shooting modern stock video.

  1. Create a real story, break it down into scenes, and shoot it.
  2. Using models that are used to still photos might be a challenge, find actors or people used to being in live action.
  3. Don’t shoot with auto white balance, you’ll have a very hard time in post processing.
  4. Aim for a flat file, with less contrast and saturation than your still images.
  5. Make your camera movements intentional.
  6. Don’t forget to get a mix of perspectives.

These are the tips I’ve learned in my first year or so of shooting stock videos for Stocksy United. It has been a great journey transitioning from a primarily still photographer. Shooting video is a great challenge.