Essential Tips for Editing Video by Sasha Dudkina
By EyeEm Team - 3 min read
EyeEm Photographer of The Year Sasha Dudkina shares her critical tips and techniques for editing video content. Find out more about how to make the switch from photography to moving image with these simple tricks.
Looking to get started in video but not sure where to begin? We caught up with professional photographer Sasha Dudkina, EyeEm’s Photographer of The Year in 2017, about her switch to moving image.
We asked Sasha some questions about how she makes the most of her video content. Keep reading to find out more about her creative workflow and some of the things she’s learnt on the journey.
Sasha’s Editing Tips: How to Make Video Work For You
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What software do you use to edit your photos? Is there a particular reason you use that one?
I use RAW Photoshop or Lightroom for editing my pictures. When it comes to video, I use Final Cut Pro and Lightroom.
What gear do you use?
Just my laptop!
How would you describe your workflow?
Usually it takes me few days, or even weeks, to make a several-minute video. Often I use content after a third editing round as it’s then that I notice things that I didn’t see in my first edit.
How did you find out your creative work flow? Does your editing process differ from photography compared to video?
Yes. When editing pictures, I try different presets then choose one of them and save that picture straight away. The process for video is much longer and more detailed. I take a more time trying different combinations of clips together, or different kinds of music.
How would you describe your visual style when it comes to video?
I want everything to be natural - nothing too artificial or too eccentric. I love capturing life just as it is with it’s spontaneous moments.
Do you have particular editing steps or techniques that you always use?
I love making my video content slow-motion and then I will edit it using presets in Lightroom.
If you want to make your lifestyle content appear more natural and less forced, how do you edit your content?
Just as any other video - it comes naturally.
How did you learn your video style? Did it take a lot of practice and refining, or was it more natural?
Just practice - discovering new ways of shooting and editing that suited me. The first step was watching other photographers’ work and being inspired by them.
How do you export and store your files when producing work for your clients?
I start by sending half of the video, or a short piece of it to make sure the work is going in the right direction - for example the video is not too chaotic or too slow.
What have you learnt about taking feedback over your time as a photographer and videographer? What is your best advice for those starting out?
I always try to stick to my own style. This being said, I try my best to realize what client wants and then combine it with how I see the project. I want my work to be recognised and that’s why I see it as important to transfer my personal style across projects at all times.
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