How to Hire the Perfect Commercial Travel Photography and Videography Team

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When it comes to traveling long distances, mitigating the stress associated with visually capturing the experience by hiring a commercial video production team is something many people are discovering to be a worthwhile investment. Whether you’re a business owner or manager hosting a retreat or exhibiting at a trade show, or a newlywed couple seeking to capture the precious moments of a romantic honeymoon, bringing along a team of professional photographers or videographers is an essential part of ensuring your focus is right where it needs to be.

Who Are Travel Photographers/Videographers?

Travel photographers and videographers specialize in a subcategory of photography that requires capturing the time and place of an area beyond local reach. Some notable examples of this type of work could include:

  • Nature magazines
  • Travel brochures
  • Editorials on culture
  • Special events 
  • Marketing projects
  • Training videos

Why You Need a Travel-Specific Team of Professionals

Travel photography and videography requires a special set of skills that aren’t typically possessed by your average studio professional, who are often limited in their ability to document the essence of a certain time and place. Travel photographers, however, are already well-versed in the impositions associated this type of work. They know how to get the most out of available gear despite the possibility of equipment restrictions. In addition, they are fully prepared to handle harsh weather conditions and challenging lighting situations

What Makes a Good Travel Photographer/Videographer

  1. Ability to take images of landscapes, portrait shots, and panoramic views.
  2. Incorporation of landscape and geographical features, as well as weather and manmade features.
  3. Balancing of both people and place in images.
  4. Knowledge of how to approach potential subjects in photos, along with officials who may require permission to shoot. 

What Are the Benefits?

Focus – Professional travel photographers and videographers have the ability to focus on their own specific duties, allowing your staff to focus on theirs, generating a better quality product for everyone.

Better equipment – They are more likely to carry much higher-end equipment than your organization, resulting in a higher caliber of photos and videos.

Training – They also often bring along extended training, years of experience, and advanced degrees in the subject, making them much more capable of utilizing a specific location and top of the line equipment for a superior photo or video. 

Hiring Travel Photography/Videography Staff

When selecting qualified professional video services, be sure to conduct a thorough screening: 

Portfolio – Ask about their prior experience and work, as well as travel work samples to ensure your vision is in alignment. 

Equipment Inquiry – Pose different hypothetical scenarios that give the videographer or photographer the chance to show off their technical know how. Consider doing some online research on the equipment they plan to use to confirm it is well-regarded and either meets or exceeds industry standards. 

Expenses – Communicate costs early on to avoid the surprise of a higher than expected invoice. Ask about their standard rate, compensation for accommodations, and other related travel expenses. 

Recap

When hiring a professional photography and videography service, it is important to take into account certain considerations by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Will I be traveling long-distance?
  2. Will it improve the productivity of my staff?
  3. Is the team I’m considering knowledgeable and experienced?
  4. Do they offer a higher level of equipment and quality?
  5. Are we on the same page in terms of costs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can rest easy knowing that you're already on the right track toward a quality documentation of your next travel experience. 

About ROF Industries Inc. 

Both small businesses and individual customers count on ROF Industries Inc. to provide high quality travel photography and videography for a variety of long-distance locations. Take advantage of our services to ensure you or your organization receive unparalleled visual documentation. Learn more by visiting our website online at http://www.rofindustries.com/, or call 714-801-7924. 

Summary

Is hiring a professional travel photography or videography team right for you? Take a look at the following ways you can benefit from these services, along with other factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting the right team.

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