Is he too young to do wedd

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Is he too young to do weddings? No, but I would advise him to really sit back and count the cost of doing this.

I’ve always been a video nut. I remember making home movies with my brother when I wasn’t even in my teens yet. But looking back then, I can honestly say I didn’t have half a clue as to what I was doing.

It was actually when I was 15, and I got job in a "real" studio, when I really started to learn about video production. My first job there was timing during live recordings, so they could put everything together on the linear editing units later (yow, I’m already dating myself there!) A few months later I started running a camera, and within a year I was even directing and editing footage. That was when I really started learning how real video editing was done.

It was still about three more years after that before I went out on my own. I started out by doing free wedding videos for friends who were getting married. I used that experience to build a demo reel and a reputation, and before long I bought my first set of decent camcorders.

When I look back on my life, sure, I might have been able to start filming weddings when I was 15, but to tell you the truth, it was better for me that I learned under the tutelage of pros in the field for a few years first, and then slowly stepped out on my own.

But again, that’s just me. When I was 15, I didn’t know what depth of field was, let alone how to reduce it to give me a better picture. Creating interesting lines and the rule of thirds were not yet in my vernacular. I had a lot of learning yet to go. Heck, I still do have a lot of learning to go. The bottom line is that if he wants to give it a shot, he should go for it. That being said, he should also be prepared that it might blow up in his face, and if it does, he shouldn’t be too disheartened from video production.

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