Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US, and you might want to capture some video of your family and friends during the occasion.
I’m a huge fan of using video as a memory-keeping tool.
With that in mind, I want to share several tips for capturing video at this type of event.
Here are 73 ways to make money with video:
(And yes, there are many more than this. My goal is to get your creative juices flowing.)
- Shoot commercials
- Shoot music videos
- Shoot live band performances
- Shoot a documentary about a band and sell it to their fans
- Shoot public service announcements
- Shoot dance performances
- Shoot documentaries
- Shoot narrative films
- Shoot a television series
- Shoot a web series
- Shoot supplemental video for an ebook
- Shoot video of improv comedy sketches
- Shoot practical joke videos (and watch them go viral on YouTube)
- Shoot behind-the-scenes videos for YouTube stars
- Shoot training videos and sell them (i.e., guitar lessons, ballroom dance lessons, etc.)
- Shoot corporate promotional videos
- Shoot corporate training videos
- Shoot any corporate event (sales meeting, company trip, etc.)
- Shoot a promotional video for a book
- Shoot video of birth announcements.
- Shoot weddings or other important family events
- Shoot behind-the-scenes for a film
- Shoot behind-the-scenes for any big project
- Shoot a reality show
- Shoot news segments
- Shoot legal video (such as depositions)
- Shoot video of professional sports teams
- Shoot video of amateur adult sports teams
- Shoot video of kids’ sports teams
- Shoot video of any competition (karate, chess, etc.)
- Make memorial videos for funerals.
- Shoot video of extreme weather.
- Shoot video of extreme sports.
- Shoot stock video and sell it on stock video sites.
- Shoot stock video and sell your own collections on your own site.
- Shoot aerial video.
- Shoot underwater video.
- Shoot real estate video tours of homes.
- Shoot real estate video of open houses.
- Shoot video of live plays.
- Shoot video of music recitals.
- Shoot video of high school musicals.
- Shoot video resumes for job seekers.
- Shoot corporate recruiting videos.
- Shoot video of trade shows.
- Shoot video for government organizations.
- Shoot video for your local chamber of commerce.
- Shoot video tours of theme parks.
- Shoot video tours of vacation areas.
- Shoot video tours of businesses.
- Shoot video tours of universities.
- Shoot video of university lectures.
- Shoot video for roofers that show off their completed work.
- Shoot video for landscapers.
- Shoot video for house painters.
- Shoot video for kitchen remodelers.
- Shoot video for bathroom remodelers.
- Shoot video for interior decorators.
- Shoot video for flooring companies.
- Shoot video for medical professionals.
- Shoot video of car shows.
- Shoot video tours of anything that people might want to see but can’t attend live.
- Shoot video of fashion shows.
- Shoot video of rodeos.
- Shoot video of radio-controlled aircraft competitions.
- Shoot video of any competition.
- Shoot video for live-action segments of video games.
- Shoot video of astronomy-related events.
- Shoot video of animal rescue shelters.
- Shoot experimental art videos.
- Shoot safety videos.
- Specialize in live-streaming (any of the above topics).
- Become any kind of specialist in an aspect of video (Steadicam operator, etc.)
Again, I realize there are many more ideas out there. I’m hoping this will get your mental wheels spinning.
One additional recommendation I have for you:
Pick one area and focus on building it as your specialty. If you focus on one area, then you might “become known” in that area and find that people start referring you to others. Plus your confidence and skills in that area will increase, which will help you do even better work.
This will help you create an upward spiral of success in that niche. Good luck!
I don’t know who was responsible for the bad videography decisions — the videographer or the client — but two weekends ago I watched my daughter compete in a dance contest where the videographer made several mistakes.
My goal isn’t to hurt anyone’s feelings, so of course I won’t name the company doing the videography. But I think we can learn from others’ mistakes, so let’s explore them and see what you and I might do differently.
Their first mistake was the biggest one… Continue reading Three Mistakes of a Bad Videographer, and What We Can Learn From Them