I love filming. So much so that I went to college for film and it is currently my job.
(Dreams really do come true kids.)
And ever since I started filming for a living I started noticing the difference between being a videographer and being a guy with a camera.
DISCLAIMER: The last thing I want to do is to come off as elitist or as if people who are “a guy with a camera” are ignorant or don’t know what they are doing. I’m speaking from a perspective of someone who has been and is a videographer for a profession.
The iPhone and other HD video devices have increased the accessibility of video for the world to capture and I think that is great! Film all the things!
But when you’re filming for other people, especially for clients and double especially if they are paying you, you need be a videographer.
Being a guy with a camera is easy. You grab your camera, you film what you think needs to be filmed and you call it a day.
But a videographer is aware of things like lighting, audio, humming air conditioning units that will ultimately ruin all the audio and therefore the video that you took (trust me, it’s the worst).
It is important to have the mindset of a videographer, especially if you are wearing multiple hats during a production, because it allows you to give your clients what they need and for you to have a product that you can be proud of and not make excuses for.
There are sometimes when “a guy with a camera” is needed, like family gatherings, home movies, or really anything . But when it comes to making videos for clients that need to present something more, you want to be a videographer.