Start Introducing Video Into Your Photography Business Today: With Filmora9

Start Introducing Video Into Your Photography Business Today: With Filmora9

As a photographer you may not have had any experience in creating or editing video material, but maybe you should consider opening yourself up to learning new skills to not just enhance your marketing materials, but perhaps also start offering something different to your clients that can make you stand out in the crowd?

Although there are plenty of professionals who excel at marrying photography and videography in their business, there are still many of us who don't make the most of what video has to offer. With Facebook driving higher engagement to posts with videos, now is a good time to start learning new skills and adding video materials into your brand and business to make the most of it. You don't need to set a large budget aside for the whole process of creating and editing, either. As a photographer, it's highly likely that you already own a camera that's capable of producing video footage.

There are so many areas where video could add value to your business. As a social photographer, you may want to produce personalized slideshows that your clients can share and spread your business name. Perhaps you will want to produce educational tutorials on YouTube to gain an audience and share your knowledge. As a fashion or lifestyle photographer, you may find it useful to film behind the scenes to show who you are, what you do, and more importantly, how you do it. Or, maybe travel photography is your specialty and you want to start adding vlogs to reach a bigger audience.

When you are ready to sit down at your desk and dive deeper into video post-processing, take a look at Filmora9, a video editing software available for both Mac and Windows. This editor has been designed with all creators in mind, so even if you have never been involved in doing anything remotely related to video, it's not a complicated software to use. There are also plenty of beginner-friendly tutorials available to get you started with the software. However, if you have prior experience and want to push the software's limits, you can work with multiple layers to create a more complex final product.

What I found useful was the option to choose an appropriate aspect ratio for each video project. For example, if you are aiming to produce a video purely for mobile viewing, such as for Instagram, you can choose the 1:1 square ratio without having to manually change the sizing yourself. And, if you are looking to add additional stock media to the already existing free media library, you can find images, audio and video files, effects, transitions, and more on the dedicated Filmora9 stock library page, Filmstocks. There are also plenty of free assets for you to download directly onto the software.

Whether you are a beginner video editor or a more advanced one, Filmora9 offers a freely accessible and comprehensive library of video courses that cover tutorials and advice from generating an idea for a video to how to shoot it, and of course, how to edit it. This guide covers almost every possible aspect of using the software and more. There are even tips and tricks on utilizing videos as a part of your business marketing plan and advice on things that will cover both professionals and hobbyists, such as, steps to acquire YouTube sponsorship for a smaller channel. Even before using the software it may be beneficial to browse through this library.

The Filmora9 can be downloaded for free to test it out first. Note, that in the free trial version the project that you will produce will contain a watermark. If you are ready to take the next step, you can purchase the software here. For individuals, Filmora9 offers an annual plan for $44.99 a year, a lifetime plan for $69.99, or an annual bundle plan for $164.87 which also includes unlimited downloads from the Filmstocks Standard Library. You can also choose one of the Business plans, which cater to those using assets for commercial purposes. These plans range from $12.99 a month to $57.99 a month, all billed individually. To view specifications of each Business plans, view Filmora9 pricing guide. And, if you are a student or an educator, you may be eligible for a discount. Whichever plan you choose, all software updates are completely free.

So, how will you incorporate video in your photography?

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Lenzy Ruffin's picture

Have they improved their support yet?

In January 2017, I was the photographer you're describing and I started out trying to use Filmora.

For some reason, when I exported, it would throw the audio out of sync.

Trying to work with support was a nightmare. It was overseas support done via email and they would only respond every 24 hours.

Around 7am, I'd get an email with something to try. I would do that thing and reply and wouldn't get a response until 7am the next day saying "now, try this."

That cycle would repeat for three days with one instruction every 24 hours.

I told them that was unacceptable and they gave me a refund.

Hopefully, they've improved, but if not, that's definitely something to consider. People just getting into video are more likely to need to use support and their support was terrible a couple of years ago.

Anete Lusina's picture

That sounds very frustrating! Hope you found something decent to edit with and don't have annoying and time wasting issues like this! :/

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

I ended up biting the bullet and going with Final Cut Pro. 400 videos later, it was the right decision. Video opened up another revenue stream for me, even though that was never what I had in mind when I started.

One of my clients uses Filmora with no problem, but it didn't work well for me.

Anete Lusina's picture

Glad it worked out for you! I'm still dabbling in video, don't think I'll earn from it anytime soon as it's definitely a challenge to learn!

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

You don't have to go nuts with it, Anete. I only make one kind of video: talking head.

You can do SO much with that format for small business owners. Camera on tripod, light, mic, done.

You don't need gimbals or slow motion or IBIS or any kind of camera movement.

An elevator pitch video is a perfect example. Maybe you offer headshots as a primary service or just as a side hustle within your main business.

Elevator pitch videos are something small business owners will pay you for and you don't need to be a cinematographer to record them. Here's an example:

That's just one example of what you can do with camera on tripod. There's so much more you can do with just camera on tripod. I don't think I'll ever graduate to camera movement. I just don't need to.

Kirk Darling's picture

Lenzy Ruffin Yes, as the saying goes, "A man needs to know his limitations." Starting in video, it's easy to get swayed by the recommendations of people who aspire to create the next Avatar.

But when you get it clear in your head that your aspirations are a lot lower, it's not nearly so daunting. Like you, I've limited my video to talking-head jobs. It's still taken me a good amount of time to become as proficient enough to be comfortable charging money for it (and, yes, there is a reason there are three different Oscars for sound), but it helps to keep in mind, "I am not trying to be James Cameron."