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Editing Tips for Photo and Video Presentations
How you edit photos or film will have a direct affect on the flow, impact and power of a story, whether it’s for family and friends, business partners, within a magazine article, or for a potential client. Next to the quality of the images taken, the editing process is crucial in order to grab and hold the attention of the viewer during photo or video presentations.
We’ll begin with photos, where one may presume that the editing of an image is of minor importance. That is far from the truth. For instance, when creating a story in a magazine, the editing of those images is going to play a vital role. You’ll want to show only your very best. As an example, any distracting elements on the edge of the image frame is going to pull the viewers attention away from the subject, so you’ll want to edit out (crop out) those distractions. Then add some cunning script and it will make all the difference in the viewer’s acceptance of a presentation.
The First &
VIDEO AND FILM
Similar rules are going to apply for photo video or film presentations. You’ll want to grab you viewer’s attention right from the start in order to carry them throughout the entire presentation.
In the film business, editing is half the battle when it comes to attracting an audience. In a commercial, the very first seconds count. In a feature film, the first minutes either attract or distract the audience for a long stretch of the story.
Consider these basic principles when editing a simple video sequence, as shown in these six scenes on horseback riding.
This sequence is
simple and yet it contains a
Gert Wagner on Vimeo
With the opening
shot, the viewer is immediately drawn into the action.
Note: The reflections of seagulls in the water are added with a second layer clip put over the other scene, flipped upside down as in a real reflection, and reduced to 40% transparency on the timeline of an editing program.
When looking for unusual viewing angles, the rider’s position seemed appropriate. However, having a healthy respect for horses, I asked the rider to hold a small consumer camera while galloping through the splashing water. While a hand-held camera on a horse will likely turn out on the shakier side, it delivers a sense of immediacy and action. A very steady shot would actually take away from the experience of riding a horse. Mind you: all galloping scenes move logically from left to right. However, the original shots were not necessarily taken in the same order and direction and thus had to be flipped around accordingly in post production for a more harmonious flow of scenes.
The art of
storytelling corresponds with the art of editing. And
remember, those seemingly unimportant shots may well serve
as useful supplements when mixed with the greater shots.
They can deliver more detailed information or just some
additional atmospheric impressions. In this case, the
reflection of the horse’s legs and the seagulls in the water
are good examples of the usefulness of those minor shots.
Gert Wagner is a photographer and movie director living in Northern Germany. He has photographed for leading magazines and for international corporations. Many of his pictures have been published worldwide, and he has received numerous awards. Today, he produces documentary and corporate films as cameraman and director.
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