Anonymous: how did you learn to be so good at graphic design and shooting video/photography? any tips on how I can start out, like what gear you use to shoot and etc.?
Aww, a sincere question that isn’t spam! Thanks for that!
So I wouldn’t consider myself THAT good but here’s some things I would recommend:
- Try to make things look as professional as possible. When first starting out, this isn’t so clear, but as you progress, you will learn what looks good and what looks bad.
- While constructing a portfolio, think to yourself: “Is this the best I can do?” If not, keep at it. (Within reason of course, don’t dwell on a project until it’s “perfect” or else you’ll never get anywhere)
- Learning the basics will take you far. For photography, understanding your camera’s settings to get the best possible image. For graphic design, understanding the tools in the software and when each should be used to best manipulate the image. For video, knowing how to keep the audiences attention by editing it properly and making shots last too long, among other things.
As for gear I use:
- Camera: Canon 60D
- Lens: 50mm f/1.8, 18-135mm f/3.5, 28-135mm f/3.5
- Glidecam HD 2000
- Adobe Photoshop CS6
- Sony Vegas
To make good videos/pictures, all you really need is a camera and editing software. Don’t let the limitation of gear stop you from making good content. Keep the basics in mind and you will go far! I could write a whole course on basics of all this but there are so many sources for that online.
Bottom line, don’t stop making stuff. The skill will come as long as you’re willing to learn from your mistakes. Asking other people for constructive criticism is fantastic as well, but don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t like your work. Take it as an opportunity to grow and progress.
Best of luck!