1. Trying to do everything yourself
If you want to shoot a good video, work with a team. It’s always a good thing to learn everything that’s involved in a shoot but trying to do it all by yourself is one rookie mistake any cinematographer can do. At the end of the day, every effort counts from the team by doing your best at what you do.
2. Not understanding sequencing
Videos depict storytelling. Good storytelling needs an understanding of how every clip is linked to the one before it and what follows. Having a final result in your mind is a must if you make a video that goes along with the editing process in the back of your mind.
3. Thinking there is nothing more to learn
Learning is a dynamic process in Cinematography. Trust us when we say, “ Nobody knows everything”. Hence, working across everything from short films to commercials will help you radiate the experience you never had with each other.
4. Learn when to say No
In process of learning, one might not know when and where to say No to the projects that do not help you grow. Not all projects lead you the success therefore saying no can open up better opportunities.
5. Ignoring the pre-production ritual
Sure, you might have great equipment, and you know how to shoot a shot, record sounds, set up lights, and put together your footage beautifully in the edit. But, eventually, all the gear and knowledge in the world can’t save you from production problems. So if you believe you can handle everything on run, then you might want to consider your decision again.
6. Thinking you can fix it in the post
Post-production is where everything comes together. If there’s one thing we learned the hard way, fixing it in a post is the absolute last thing you ever want to do. Something that may take an extra 15-30 minutes to set up on set can take several hours when you get to post.
7. Underestimating yourself
The power of creative visuals is that everyone has their own style of storytelling and that is what makes every visual unique. Underestimating your creativity can kill a lot of your creativity which will eventually lead to a delay in personal growth as a Cinematographer. Follow your instincts and run the risk. It definitely will be worth it.