How-To: Shoot Evergreen Footage

Stringr is a video marketplace and we accept all kinds of footage. Whether you are responding to a footage request or  just shooting independently.

If you choose to shoot non requested footage, it is always great to capture what the industry calls “evergreen” footage. Also known as beauty shots. These shots can be used over and over again.

The footage is typically a visually pleasing wide shot. It can be used as a filler, opening, ending or can stand alone.

Here are a few tips in shooting evergreen footage.

Pay attention to your composition. This gets you that beautiful, clean shot. Keep an eye on all edges and remember the rule of thirds. However, changing the composition is where great creativity comes to play.

You don’t have to be in a park to get evergreen footage. These shots can be wide city shots, landmarks or even creative time lapses.

To capture a time lapse, simply set up your camera on a tripod or phone on a steady base and let it record.  You will want to record for at least double the amount of time of the final clip.

Another way to get creative is by playing with focus.  Once you have your shot, turn or pull your focus ring to make the subject come in and out of focus. This creates a nice look to your footage.

Finally, the last shots you can capture are daily motions, such as traffic or people on sidewalks.  These shots are always great for editors to fill in empty spaces throughout stories.

So get creative and have fun. Always remember, the more footage you upload to Stringr, the more chances you have of getting paid.

One comment

  1. Stringr · October 22, 2015

    Reblogged this on THE STRINGR BLOG and commented:

    Evergreen footage is a great way for Stringrs to make extra cash when breaking news is slow. Check out our brief video guide for making your footage stand out to our customers.


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