How to Become a Legal Videographer

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Technology has become a pivotal force in the investigation of crimes and in the justice system. A legal videographer, for example, is responsible for recording evidence at crime scenes, trials in courts of law and other important moments. If you enjoy working with video equipment but want your work to be meaningful, most government agencies are looking for a legal videographer like yourself to make a difference.

Get Educated

An education is essential to anyone who wants to become a legal videographer. Although you don’t necessarily need a degree in videography or any related field, it is important that you learn everything you can about making and editing videos. This will make your services far more valuable to potential employers. If you decide you don’t want to pursue a degree program, take courses in videography, criminal justice and forensics.This will lay the foundation for your career.

Believe it or not, you can get this education at your local community college or through a trade school. Four-year universities are not required to become a legal videographer, and it might be less expensive to attend a smaller school.

Get Certified

According to the American Guild of Certified Videographers, a certified professional is not only better equipped to handle jobs once he starts working, but is also in a better position as far as marketing. The AGCV has a marketing web site (www.legalvideographers.com) where potential clients can find the professionals they need. And the only way to be listed is to achieve certification.

The process of certification isn’t difficult if you want to become a legal videographer. There are three types: deposition certification, documentary certification, and a complete certification that includes both courses. It is recommended to take the third option because you’ll have more income opportunities once you start to work. You will also probably want to become a member of the AGCV, which costs $99 per year.

Get Working

There are plenty of income opportunities when you become a legal videographer. You can document depositions with attorneys, courtrooms during trial, crime scenes with law enforcement and hundreds of other legal situations. Of course, many videographers specialize in one area or another, but it might take several years before you determine your calling in this field.

You can either seek employment to become a legal videographer, or you can strike out on your own. The income might be higher when you work for yourself, but joining a firm ensures a steady paycheck.

These are some of the ways to earn a buck when you’re just starting out. The tough part about being a videographer is there’s no money in it. By taking these kind of jobs, you can specialize in money paying niches within filmography or cinematography. Other topics I’ll cover will be making money with weddings, real estate and other niches that can help you make money as you pursue your true passion (and mine as well!) – filmmaking!