How do you balance photography and videography as a solo photographer

1 week 1 day ago #746033 by CatherineW
I've been getting more and more work where the client wants both photos and video.  No my cameras are both set up for shooting 4K video, but one is always in my hand and generally speaking the other is on my side with different lens in it.   So technically I could set up one camera for video and put that in place, then just change lenses as needed.  But what about moving the video camera when I'm on the other side of the venue shooting photos?  

How are you juggling video and photos as a solo shooter?  

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1 week 20 hours ago #746082 by Pete Franko
Have you considered hiring an assistant to hold and move around with the second camera body?


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5 days 15 hours ago #746164 by CharleyL
For the times that I have done this (Weddings), my video camera was placed on a tall tripod behind the last row of attendees. I carried a remote trigger, and started the video camera as the ceremony began, letting it run for the full length of the ceremony in fixed zoom and focus on the podium area, but zoomed large enough for the full wedding party (Bridesmaids, Best Man, etc.)

I then used a still camera wherever needed to capture the special moments as best as possible. Since only one photographer, they were charged very little for the additional video.

Charley


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4 days 4 hours ago #746220 by Photo Junky

Pete Franko wrote: Have you considered hiring an assistant to hold and move around with the second camera body?



Yep, I was going to say the same thing.  Hire an assistant for the times you need to shoot video and photos.  


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2 days 19 hours ago #746260 by Ian Stone
That's what I do.  If you are not sure where to find someone, a few years ago I posted a job on Craigslist for 'Photographers Assistant' and outlined the experience I wanted them to have.  I had a number of people apply and I ultimately hired someone who I call when needed and they shoot things that I'm unable to (second shooter, or in the case of needed video, video).  This works out really well.  

Hope this helps


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