Thanks to the internet, there are more ways than ever to make money and work from home. Aside from having a vlog, another way to monetize your creative interests is by filming and selling stock footage from your vlogging camera.
Most vloggers bring their camera with them everywhere! Why not pull some double duty by shooting some extra stock footage in-between your vlogging adventures?
Whether you are travelling somewhere new and exotic or you’re in your hometown, there will always be things to film. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you start filming stock footage:
Know What You’d Like to Film
Something you should do before you start filming stock footage is sit down, plan, and organize the kind of video footage you want to record. Research popular trends for stock videos and see how you can shoot something within your resources that also fits those needs.
For example, maybe you live near a beach and can shoot a timelapse of the sun rising or setting. Maybe you’re travelling to a new city, and while you’re there, you can capture shots of popular landmarks and landscapes.
Wherever you are, there will always be something to film. Just keep building up your library, and the more royalty-free video clips you upload online, the more opportunities you have to make money selling stock footage.
Making Your Stock Footage Look Professional
So many consumer cameras can film in 4K these days. Even something as small as your iPhone, in the right environment, can give you beautiful 4K footage. By shooting your stock footage in 4K, you can charge more for it and you’re future-proofing its value, allowing it to be profitable for a longer period of time.
Good lighting is also very important! No matter what camera you own, whether it’s a point & shoot or full frame DSLR, it’s the video with the best lighting that’s going to sell. Shooting something at sunrise or sunset (aka Magic Hour) is always a good place to start when trying to create beautiful visuals.
If you’re filming stock footage with people, then lighting is going to be extra important, as you’ll want it to look as professional as possible. You can either rent some lights or use something as simple as a reflector to get better results. I would only rent lights if you feel certain that your stock video clips will give you that return on investment.
Using People in Your Stock Video Clips
Videos including people will always sell the best and for the highest price. That being said, you don’t only have to work with models through an agency – it can literally be anyone. Let’s say you have a friend who’s also a carpenter or construction worker, maybe you can work out a deal to shoot footage / photos of them doing their job.
Something to keep in mind when it comes to selling stock footage with people is that all sites require paperwork like release forms, so I would verify what exactly is needed with the site you’re planning to sell stock video clips on before filming any content.
3 Different Types of Stock Footage You Can Sell
- Timelapse Videos
- Slow Motion Videos
- Drone Videos
Filming Time-Lapse Content
Filming timelapse videos is by far the easiest way to shoot any kind of stock footage. Just set up your vlogging camera with any kind of interesting landscape and press go. Filming local landmarks or scenic spots is a great way to start as well. As mentioned earlier, magic hour is always a good time of day to film a timelapse video, but you could also do timelapses of clouds moving, or even a busy street.
Recording Videos in Slow Motion
Popular cameras like the Panasonic GH5, all the way to small cameras like the Sony RX100 can shoot more than 180fps, that’s insane! Slow motion footage works for almost every subject. Sports, animals, and landscapes shots are just a few examples of what can utilize that higher frame rate.
Using Drones to Film Stock Footage
Since the introduction of consumer drones, aerial stock footage has become a great way to make your content stand out online. Thanks to drones like the DJI Mavic Pro, it’s really easy to travel anywhere with a 4K camera in your backpack and record amazing views from up top.
You don’t even need to fly it, just use the stabilized gimbal to your advantage, as this creates endless possibilities to capture quality shots wherever you bring your drone. Most importantly, wherever you are, make sure you follow the country’s aerial guidelines and regulations.
Keep these tips to make money selling stock footage in mind as you get started. Stock footage has become a great way for YouTube creators to diversify their monetization strategy and earn more income. You’re probably sitting on footage already that could be uploaded – give it a try!
VLOG NATION CONTRIBUTOR
Chris Monteiro is a Canadian videographer and drone pilot, who is passionate about creating dynamic digital content. An avid traveller, Chris loves to explore new places with his Sony A7Sii in hand and aims to tell engaging stories about what he captures through his lens.
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