5 tips to becoming a top London based Videographer

As far as jobs go, a London based videographer has to be up there.  I’ve been working as a London based videographer for more than 15 years now.  I’ve done pretty much every kind of filming job you could image.  Corporate videos, drone videography, promotional films, event videos.  You name it I’ve done it.  So what are my top 5 tips for becoming a successful London based videographer in 2022?

Tips to become a successful London based videographer


My first tip has to be experience.  Before anything else, you need to know what you’re doing a camera and have on set experience.  This experience will help you understand what you need to do to achieve good looking video and help you problem solve fast.  this is essential on set.  If you don’t have experience on set, try to shadow someone or jump on a project as a runner to absorb some knowledge


Tip two is about getting clients.  What good is knowing how to film incredible cinematography and edit like a seasoned pro if you don’t have any client to work with.   Being able to connect with people will help you stand part from the crowd.  I love getting to know my clients and understand exactly what they’re looking for.  If you can conquer this clients will be trying to find an opportunity to work with you.  Not only that it will show in your work.  If you’re good at what you do and personable, work will come your way eventually.


Dedication is key.  If you’re willing to give up if things don’t work out, it’s game over.  I spent a good few years learning videography skills, understanding clients needs and doing lots of free work to build my portfolio.  You have to be dedicated and disciplined.  The work will eventually come so remember that.


Kit is an important part of being a videographer.  Knowing how to use it is more important but if you’;re starting out, having your own kit will excel your learning and give you the opportunity to start doing paid work without having to fork out for rentals each time you film.  We went from having one camera and a couple of lenses so owning multiple cameras, lenses, sound gear, lighting, gimbals, motorised sliders, drones, autocue systems and lots more.  Having this in our studio means we can use it every time we have a project.  As we have all the tools we can use them to make great looking video.


The final tip is passion. What makes you tick? What are you passionate about? We’re obviously passionate about making beautiful looking imagery but we also have a passion for the environment.  We combine these two passions to give us our unique selling point.  We try and have a low carbon way of making films.  Using our electric vehicle to get to set and using 100% renewable energy to supply our office.  Clients love this and see we are passionate people.  What are you passionate about and how could this help you build your videography business?

By Paul Bates, on Jan 25th, 2022, 0 Comments