After a long hiatus, we're getting back into asking questions. 10 to be precise.
We caught up with Leeds-based videographer and cinematographer Adam Webb on coffee, concise feedback and why fancy equipment doesn't necessarily make a video 'better'.
What do you do?
Hey I’m Adam, I help businesses create engaging video content to stand out online & attract new customers.
What are you typically doing every day at 9am?
I take my coffee making quite seriously, so right before I sit down to work at 9am, I’ll make a nice fresh cup of North Star Coffee with my AeroPress! It’s a nice routine to do every morning that gets me ready for the day ahead.
What makes your job easier?
What makes my job easier is having clear and concise feedback from clients, whether that’s in the initial pre-production stages or after delivery of the first cut. Straight-to-the-point emails with changes or concerns makes things run a lot more smoothly and always creates a better outcome!
What makes your job harder?
Bad weather, egos and global pandemics.
Dream job title?
Simple, Creative Director!
What is the most overused word in your workday?
Content is probably the most overused word in my workday. It must be in every other email sent and received!
What misconceptions do you encounter working in your field?
The biggest misconception I encounter is that people think that shooting a video in 4k, with a drone or a fancy bit of equipment will make a video ‘better.’ Gear does play a part - but it’s far more about the message behind the video and the way you deliver it. Does using a fancy paintbrush make a good painting?
Any advice for those who want to do what you do?
The best bit of advice I can give for someone wanting to get into video or photography is to ignore all the marketing and YouTubers telling you that you need to have the newest shiny bit of equipment to make good content. Focus on the craft and developing your skills, not wasting money on gear.
What’s your career high point?
I made my start in this industry by touring with musicians shooting video content for them. The pandemic threw a spanner in the works there. It was the best possible experience to learn my craft technically, creatively and how to work with other people. Now looking back after the last 18 months, I’m incredibly fortunate to have had that experience!
What makes your current job different from anything else you’ve done?
Honestly, it’s all I’ve done since I was 19 so I don’t have much to compare it to. I did however work at B&Q for a few years. So having my opinion and skills being valued in what I do is far more fulfilling and enjoyable than being a pair of hands for a huge corporate company!
Thank you Adam for answering our questions, we love to hear of freelancers who have taken their career destiny into their own hands.