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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.
- This week we're going to have a lot of fun because this week, we're going to be showing you how to do a video portrait. Now, if you never heard of it or I don't know if you might call it something else, but a video portrait is essentially a little mini-profile that you might do. It's typically something that you would see on an athlete. It's almost like a mini-documentary, but it's really stylized, really kind of designed to amp people up a little bit for the sport or the event, or really just to kind of hype the person that's appearing in that video portrait. So it's like a documentary, but maybe with a little more fun edge to it.
One of the problems that comes up when you're shooting sports, and I think that's one of the reasons that video portraits appear in sports so often, is that you're often shooting people at a distance, they're wearing just jerseys, they all look the same. A lot of time, if it's certain sports, they might also be wearing a helmet. We don't even get a good look at their face. It's really hard to put a name and a personality to those uniforms and those helmets. A video portrait allows you to do that. Every time before they open the Super Bowl or the NFL, they always do little things where they roll out each athlete. Well, that's the same type of thing we're trying to shoot here.
A video portrait can be as simple as just someone standing stoically, looking heroic, maybe holding whatever their prop is, their racquet, their boxing gloves, whatever it is, and just standing there. And you can just do a simple sliding shot or just a nice still, posed shot. A lot of times, it's as simple as that. But it can also be as complex and involved as a little shoot we're going to be doing here at the Ventura KO Boxing Club, where we have a boxer, Blanca Owgawa, who's an amateur, who's just training mostly for self-defense. But we wanted to show if we could create a nice video portrait for anybody, and I think this is something you're going to have a lot of fun doing, not just for athletes, but you can also do this for the chess team, you can do it for the chef.
You can do it for your mom who sews if you just wanted to have a fun project. Let's dial into video portraits.
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