Pro Tip – Capturing Fireworks Step By Step

New Year’s Eve is a unique opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful moments of the year. Record something enchanted, from local traditions to joyful faces during celebrations to fireworks. This article covers the steps, techniques, and tips required to record and photograph fireworks in high-quality.

 

Step 1 – Determine Your End Goal

First, decide why you want to shoot fireworks. Knowing what you want to accomplish helps you organize for the shoot. Are you posting on social media, making a documentary, or planning to sell the footage for the stock? Each application has different visual requirements and will determine the type of equipment and preparation needed.

 

Step 2 – Plan the Production

 

  • Timing is key– Plan your shoot carefully and give yourself enough time to set up the tripod, camera, etc.
  • Do your research – Search Pond5 and then sort by popularity to see the top shots. You can also check Google, YouTube, and social media for viral posts to see why they went viral and see if something is inspiring to set the stage for your shoot.
  • Scout a location – Look up different venues hosting a fireworks display in your area. Choose one that interests you and provides a clear view of the show. Since you’ll be sitting there for some time, it should be a place where you feel at ease. You can check Google Earth to see access points and get a sense of what the location looks like in advance. Also, you can look for other places nearby that may give you a better view or at least a unique perspective.
  • Consider your vantage point – Check to see if a high-rise hotel is close to the fireworks, where you can book a room and shoot from the balcony. Survey your surroundings. Look for a hill or mountain a couple of miles away that may give a much larger scope to the fireworks. Lastly, get to your location early to set up!
  • Overall Composition – Fireworks with the blank sky in the background are useful as a source for layered photos and footage. However, if you intend to use it differently, look for a location with foreground objects, such as buildings, hillsides, or trees, at the very least to add additional visual elements. Otherwise, the results may look a bit plain. Having people in the foreground is also an option, but you must count on blurred movement as the sensor captures light longer.
  • Check the weather – You can not control the weather, and in the winter, it could spoil a celebration. However, it is feasible to set off fireworks in the rain, so if you are determined, don’t discount this issue, pack your belongings appropriately, and adequately protect yourself and the equipment!

 

A Sea Of Fireworks Explode Through The City Of Los Angeles by Lmprods.

Step 3 – Gear to Pack

 

  • Tripod – ​​Using a tripod is important but set the drag loose to give you the ability to pan and swivel.
  • Several lenses – Don’t count on one or two lenses. Start wide, but using a telephoto or wide telephoto to capture the details is excellent too. Use different frame settings based on your goal.
  • Flashlight/headlamp – Remember, you’re filming in low light. Bring a flashlight or, ideally, a headlamp.
  • Stay comfortable – Take care of yourself and those around you during the shoot. Bring some chairs, snacks, and enough water, and keep yourself warm!
  • Consider the weather – Pack rain protection for yourself and your camera if the forecast looks uncertain.
  • Batteries/Battery Chargers – You don’t want your camera to die while taking your amazing shots!
  • Cleaning Supplies– Make sure to pack some wipes or a microfiber cloth for easy cleaning in case your lens or camera gets dirty!
  • Memory cards –
  • Camera Remote – If your camera has a remote, pack it to reduce shaky hands while taking photos or videos!

 

Step 4 – The Best Camera Settings For Shooting Fireworks

You need to set up your camera for low-light filming. Most of the general rules apply here as well. If you’re photographing, don’t forget to shoot in Raw so you can better play with the image in post-production software later.

Read advice from Olympus and Nikon on how to capture brilliant fireworks photos, or check out the tips in this 4-minute-long video from Jeven Dovey on setting the camera.

 

Step 5 – Shooting

Action! The big day is here. Since you have a limited time to capture your shots, we recommend using techniques you find comfortable. Try to find out the launch location of the fireworks.

  • Panning left and right – Check your surroundings and ensure you have enough space for setting up and shooting. Add in more elbow room if necessary!
  • Exposure experiments< – Remember, the longer your exposure, the longer the trails of lights that will be visible.
  • Composition – There’s nothing wrong with shooting fireworks against the clear sky. High-quality shots have their place in the overall demand among video editors but if you don’t intend to sell your footage as a source for other use in editing (such as layering the fireworks in additional footage), then consider the foreground objects.
  • Speed experimentation – Slow motion gives you beautiful moody shots, while real-time is more authentic. Play with the settings!
  • PRO TIP: Shoot the entire show on a separate camera – Bring another camera with a wide lens and shoot timelapse or real-time footage of the whole fireworks show. The backup allows you the freedom to constantly change settings with your primary camera.
  • Aerial footage – Drone footage is also an option. If the local laws allow, a drone gives another perspective of the show and a competitive advantage over other sellers.
  • 360/VR footage – Don’t forget 360 cameras! If you find the right spot and you’re able to secure a clear image, it’s another competitive advantage.

 

Aerial Colorful Fireworks In Night City Sky Bright Holiday Celebrations Party by TaigaShots.

 

Step 6 – Post-production

A lot of things can be enhanced or fixed in post-production. Here’s the list of elements you can play with:

  • White balance – Experiment with the temperature and tint sliders to find your favorite colors. Fireworks don’t have a usual “correct” color, so you can change the white balance to whatever you want. You could also utilize the foreground objects you provided as a guide to figure out what is realistic regarding color.
  • Basic controls – Exposure and contrast, luminance, saturation, darkening shadows, and blacks are all controls you can adjust. Keep in mind that the outcome should be natural and vivid, not overexposed or unnaturally saturated. Being gentle is key.
  • Clarity, sharpening, and texture – Use these gently. It may help to make the fireworks pop out even more!
  • Clipping – If you have continuous long footage, find the most exciting moments, clip them, and export and upload them separately.

 

Step 7 – The Metadata Work/Uploading to Pond5

Congratulations! You’ve just exported your stunning work! Now it’s time to sell it. To make sales, you have to think of the marketing part too!

  • Refer back to your research on Pond5 – See what keywords other artists use with similar photos and footage when sorting the results by popularity.
  • Concepts – Don’t forget to add keywords as we get closer to the other events, holidays, and anniversaries that typically feature fireworks displays, such as the 4th of July, etc. Please read our guide to keywords for more information.
  • Metadata – Choose the proper descriptive titles and descriptions to help our algorithm push your content to the top of the results.
  • Create a collection – Create a collection of your photos and footage and share the link to your social media networks. Here’s a guide on how to make a collection.
  • Earn referral incomeGet even more revenue with our Referral Program. You’ll earn a commission on every new buyer you introduce to Pond5, no matter what they buy!
  • Maximize your earning potential – Join the  Pond5 Exclusive Video Artist Program for an industry-leading 60% royalty share. Not only will you maximize the value of your work, but you’ll also save time by uploading to just one platform. And if you combine it with the referral program, you can get up to 90% revenue share!

Top Image: Sparkling Celebration Fireworks New York City Manhattan Skyline With Skyscrap by photovs

Buyer Requests: Winter is Coming, New Year – New Me, Smart Health

Most Wanted in December

While looking forward to all the pleasures the holidays bring- from fantastic food to time spent with our loved ones, buyers are already planning campaigns for 2023. January marks a new beginning for business strategies and New Year’s resolutions. Take advantage of this opportunity to offer new and fresh content created around Winter Wonderland, New Year – New Me, and Smart Health. Don’t forget to attach the special keywords assigned to each theme so we can track and promote your work!

Winter Is Coming!

Winter Is Coming!

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRWINTER2022

Winter as a theme is quite generic. Therefore it gives you a lot of freedom to get creative!
Experiment with different camera approaches and post-production techniques. Here’s a list of ideas you can get inspiration from:

Submission Ideas

  • User-generated content – leave your professional gear at home and send us authentic POV footage, whether a snowball fight, sledding, or shoveling your walkway.
  • Breaking News – capture the climate crisis and weather behavior! If you’re witnessing unusual weather, such as storms, give it a shot, literally. Don’t forget to stay safe!
  • Vintage shots – if you have an old functional camera, try using it and give buyers content with a vintage feel. Alternatively, you can experiment with the post-production techniques. Send in those film shots!
  • Archival footage – have you found old VHS tapes? This kind of authentic footage is highly in demand as it’s irreplaceable because it’s evidence of the lifestyle at that time. Check our Pro Tip below to see the requirements for submitting archival footage.
  • Local shots – Wintertime is beautiful for its diversity! Show us what winter looks like in your local town, city, country, etc. Capture how businesses prepare for the holidays, winter sales, etc. What is typical for your country? What does this season look like in Germany, the US, Australia, and India? A range of options is best!
  • Winter sports – traditional winter sports we’ve been looking forward to, from skiing to snowboarding, figure skating on a frozen pond, ice hockey, sledding, and more.
  • Winter duties and responsibilities – Capture how lifestyle changes during winter – snow removal from the paths and sidewalks, ice removal from the roof, raking leaves, and winter cleanup of your home before decorating it for the holidays.
  • Winter in detail – macro shots of snowflakes, timelapse of melting ice, breath in the cold, rosy cheeks and noses, tree branches covered in snow, frozen lakes.

Suggested Keywords

Winter, holiday, Christmas, Winter sport, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, ice hockey, sledging, archival, vintage, retro, climate change, etc.

Target Group

A wide variety of clients from ad agencies and news organizations to influencers and bloggers.

New Year - New Me

New Year - New Me

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRNEWYEAR2022

The topic of New Year’s resolutions is steadily rising to the top of winter season searches. Refreshing your Storefront with new graphics based on commitments and fresh starts is sure to attract interest from buyers.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • New Year transformation – people working out at home watching a virtual instructor, installing or building equipment for their home gyms, paying for a gym membership, buying vitamins, protein drinks, and other dietary supplements online. Capture multi-generational family members and friends exercising together, atypical fitness equipment, and inadequate/inappropriate exercise rooms.
  • Multitasking people – working out during online meetings, a floor treadmill under a working desk.
  • People giving up bad habits – such as drinking alcohol, smoking, overeating, etc.
  • Close-up shots – people writing down a list of New Year’s resolutions and creating a vision board.
  • Online learning – think of people attending an online course, learning a new language, etc.
  • Group shots – families discussing New Year’s resolutions plans, groups of friends supporting or motivating each other.
  • Body image – standing on a scale, looking at a fit or unfit body in the mirror.
  • Cooking and eating – healthy foods, shopping for organic food at a farmers market, cooking in the kitchen, etc.
  • Mindfulness – practicing yoga, meditating, etc.

Suggested Keywords

New Year, New Year’s resolutions, new beginnings, high expectations, workout, training, multi-generational family, smoking, overeating, bad habits, home gym, equipment, online course

Target Group

All groups, especially ad agencies and corporate clients.

Smart Health

Smart Health

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRSMARTHEALTH2022

In January, people are more determined to take care of themselves. The newest technologies, gadgets, and artificial intelligence make our lives much easier! Buyers are looking for the latest technologies and the future of smart health and living for all ages!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Smart health devices – shots of people using common smart health such as toothbrushes, apps, bracelets, watches, etc. Include close-up shots of the devices in action.
  • Checking data – graphs, statistics, and results from the smart devices on their phones, tablets, or laptops.
  • Wellness devices – heart monitors, sauna blankets, facial massagers, facial steamer, etc.
  • Smart fitness – think of different types of connected treadmills, elliptical machines, scales, and smart workout machines.
  • Health in VR – working out with a VR headset/goggles on.
  • Smart software – upload content of people working out following instructions on their phone from the app or people tracking their progress in an app.

Suggested Keywords

Smart, smart health, futuristic, VR, gadgets, healthy lifestyle, sleep trackers, smart scale, massagers, smart app, etc.

Target Group

All groups, especially ad agencies and corporate clients.

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Music Briefs: Holiday Music & Sound Effects

USE THIS SPECIAL KEYWORD IN YOUR METADATA: HolidayAudio2022

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and buyers are looking for traditional and niche contemporary remixes that complement the holiday atmosphere. We’ve compiled a list of genres to focus on producing holiday music based on the requests from our buyer community.

Christmas and Holiday music isn’t only ‘Jingle Bells’ – think outside the box and get inspired by the following idea starters for your next music production. Don’t forget to use the special keyword HolidayAudio2022 so we can track down your submissions and promote your content!

 

Music Production Thought Starters

Christmas songs cover many styles, from choral and rock to country, pop, R&B, or jazz. Let the list below spark your imagination.

  • Christmas music in traditional genres – Children’s, Classical, Jazz, Modern, Religious, Rock, and Pop all fit this category. (Think of the vibe of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’). Try including typical winter SFX in your music, and experiment with different instruments, such as organs, jingle bells, etc.
  • Non-traditional remixes of Christmas songs – We have already received requests for Christmas music remixed or revamped into Asian instruments, synthwave, R&B, EDM, Hip Hop, etc.
  • Lounge music – The jazzy relaxing vibe you have in a hotel lounge or elevator.
  • The rock genres – Create Christmas Rock, Christian rock, and even metal versions using Christmas elements, chords and SFX.
  • Lullabies – Soft bedtime music for children is also in high demand.
  • Vocal tracks – From duos to choirs. People singing religious songs or holiday hymns are popular among buyers during the holiday season.

 

Think of other holidays

Christmas is not the only holiday that occurs towards the end of the calendar year. Experiment with Kwanzaa or Hanukkah to widen your list of genres. Here are some examples:

  • Kwanzaa music is as vibrant as the traditional colors used to celebrate this seven-day holiday from December 26 to January 1. Create tracks using classical African beats, instruments, and joyful grooves.

 

  • Hanukkah music includes many traditional songs associated with the festival of Lights. Jewish music encompasses a wide range of genres and styles. These include Yiddish songs, klezmer music, and Israeli music, as well as contemporary genres mixed with traditional Jewish instruments, such as the kinnor (lyre), nevel (harp), tof (tambourine), shofar (ram’s horn), trumpets, flutes, chalil, alamoth and the uggav.

 

 

Holiday Sound Effects

Let’s focus on holiday sound effects here! Sound effects are essential for movies, podcasts, and social media platforms. Buyers often seek them out a few months before the holidays.

  • Winter sound effects – What reminds you of winter? Winter breeze, ice cracking, snow falling, rain, footsteps in the snow, snowball fights, etc.
  • Traditional Holiday sounds – Bells, chimes, and jingle bells, decorating the Christmas tree, gift wrapping, Holiday prayers, a music box, dreidels spinning, etc.
  • Holiday voices – Diverse voices, different accents, and languages saying “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Kwanzaa,” or cheerful voice lines of children happy about their gifts, dreidel games, Santa Claus saying ho ho ho, etc.
  • Atmosphere sounds – Fireplace, Clinking of glasses and toasts, laughter, lighting a candle or menorah, preparing, cooking, and serving food, etc.

 

Keyword Ideas

Happy, positive, Christmas, holiday, Christmas music, music, winter, holidays, seasonal, bells, happiness, snow, Xmas, Santa, magical, festive, Kwanzaa, African, groovy, joyful, uplifting, ambient, jazz, lounge, carols, acapella, jingle bells, choir, choral, vocal, Christian rock, lullaby, Hanukkah, Chanukkah, Jewish, Yiddish, klezmer, Israeli, Hebrew, kinnor, chalil, alamoth, uggav, etc.

 

Target Groups

Corporate clients, non-profit organizations, artists, news organizations, influencers, ad companies, social media agencies, etc.

 

Summary Tips

  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.
  • Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Man Playing Guitar In Christmas Eve by StudioMAK.

Shoot Brief – User Generated Content

Special Keyword Code: UGCPOND5BRIEF

The trend and demand for realistic videos are increasing month to month. In addition to professionally created staged content, authentic footage straight from the user, also known as User Generated Content (UGC), attracts many buyers. UGC is a raw format mainly shared on social media by large and small companies where nothing is simulated. From vertical videos suitable for Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, or Tik Tok to the next viral hit, it’s time to get real!

 

Shot List Thought Starters

 

Social Media Trends

  • TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube viral trends – People doing their makeup, dancing, eating, going out etc. – UGC shots tend to be more casual and focus on people enjoying themselves.
  • The selfie culture – Whether it’s tagged as #nofilter or not, show us some portraits of you and your friends, and don’t be afraid to record the seconds of you setting the pose before you hit the shutter.
  • AR Filter shots – AR filters on Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok rule the world! Have you tried them on your cat or dog?
  • The typical Youtuber— Submit a shot of people unboxing a product, PR packages, vlogging, pranks, makeup gurus, fitness instructors, reviews of products, etc.
  • Parody and memes – Make them laugh with parodies, internet memes, funny sketches, etc.

 

Happy Friends Dancing And Posing For Selfie At Party by AnnaStills.

 

Everyday Life

  • First-person perspective lifestyle shots – Imagine a vlogger capturing a trip from the first-person perspective or an influencer recording a cooking tutorial on TikTok. The goal is to get as authentic as possible. The visible selfie stick and ring light are definitely not a problem here!
  • Videos of your pets – Does your pet know a special trick? Has your pet done anything funny worth sharing? What does a stroll down the street look like? Show us!
  • Authentic home videos – Birthdays, holidays, vacations, sports games, school plays, gatherings, public events, etc.
  • Fails – Fail compilations tend to go viral on social media platforms. Upload anything that “went wrong”.
  • Vintage photos and videos – Bring out those old camcorders and show us your shaky digitalized VHS tapes!

 

VHS Shot Of Joyous Dad And Daughter Preparing For Halloween At Home by AnnaStills.

 

Breaking News

Newsworthy editorial content straight from the participants will always be in high demand!

Check the list of events below:

  • Protests – Have you witnessed any protests or community action? If you have shareable material that might be interesting for News organizations, submit your work with a proper editorial caption.
  • Natural disasters – From locals shooting an earthquake, tornados, and hurricanes to planned production of storm chasers, upload newsworthy weather packed videos.
  • Breaking events – Become a journalist and shoot anything extraordinary that happens near you.

 

Pov: Police Line Walks Next To Black Lives Matter Protesters In New York City by RawMediaNetwork.

 

Suggested Keywords

UGC, User Generated Content, Authentic, Selfie, Home video, Vine, TikTok, Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, protest, community action, breaking news, natural disaster, floods, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, fire, etc.

 

Target audience

All kinds of groups from corporate clients and ad companies to social media influencers.

 

Submission checklist

  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Aim to stand out and create something new among the other search results
  • USE THIS SPECIAL CODE IN YOUR KEYWORDS: UGCP5BRIEF
  • Make sure your submission falls under commercial use whenever it’s possible.

Top Image: Fans Celebrating At Football Match by ImageSource.

Content in the Wild – August 2022

Only Murders In the Building, Texas Crew Productions,
When Sharks Attack

Content in the Wild is a series about your success. Our marketplace combines all your talent and hard work into an essential resource for creators big and small to tell their stories. Every day you’ll find content licensed through Pond5 in feature films, video games, documentaries, ad campaigns, music videos, and more. Below are three recent high-profile projects featuring media created by you, our Artists community.

 

  • BLACKFIN Productions – Only Murders in the Building

    BLACKFIN, founded in 2014 by director and executive producer Geno McDermott, is an industry leader in producing premium nonfiction content. As a company founded and driven by filmmakers and storytellers, BLACKFIN is a sought-after production partner for award-winning directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, journalists, and organizations looking to collaborate on groundbreaking projects.

    Only Murders in the Building is an American mysterious comedy television series created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman airing on Hulu, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, and many more, airing on Hulu.

    The plot follows three strangers obsessed with a true-crime podcast that decided to start their own podcast about their investigation of a suspicious death in their affluent Upper West Side apartment building, the Arconia.

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  • P5 Commentary

    BLACKFIN contacted us to help with several projects, including Only Murders in the Building. As we continue to support BLACKFIN with their content needs, we hope to provide content for many other shows in their portfolio, such as Devil In The Web, Mardaugh Mysteries, Order of the Exorcist, The Revenge of Robert The Doll, and The Cartel Among Us.

    See more on: https://www.hulu.com/series/only-murders-in-the-building-ef31c7e1-cd0f-4e07-848d-1cbfedb50ddf

    Pond5
    Creative Partner Team

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  • Texas Crew Productions

    Texas Crew produces numerous series for premium broadcasters and streamers, including Peacock, Hulu, ESPN, Fox, AXS, Magnolia, Lifetime, USA Network, Oxygen, and A+E. Their work includes the NAACP Image Award-winning The 44th President: In His Own Words, a first-person documentary special about President Obama that aired on HISTORY and History’s Greatest Mysteries.

    MUSIC’S GREATEST MYSTERIES investigates the most unique and enigmatic stories in the History of Music. The series covers topics that have altered or elevated the world of music, while highlighting the colorful characters that have indelibly changed the course of music history.

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  • P5 Commentary

    Pond5 worked with Texas Crew on providing content for numerous series appearing on Travel, Lifetime, the Oxygen Network, and others. The Texas Crew team loves the support, guidance, and inspiration they get from working with their Pond5 Creative Partners and have recently discovered the efficiencies of working with our research team. We’re excited to continue working with them on future projects.

    See more of Greta Van Fleet here: https://www.texascrew.com

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    Creative Partner Team

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  • When Sharks Attack

    From America’s coastline to exotic beaches worldwide, shark attacks turn dream vacations into nightmares.

    When Sharks Attack is a terror-filled deep sea saga using underwater photography, gripping news archives & paralyzing testimony to investigate three mysterious and deadly recent shark attacks.

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  • P5 Commentary

    All3 Media leaned heavily on Pond5 content for this big sharks project. We hosted a web demo for Laurie Wright, the archivist in charge of this show, and provided search tips and tricks to help her navigate the website. As a result, they researched and found most of the content on their own through the use of our industry-leading search and curated collections. They also worked closely with our Curation team to obtain the rights to license content no longer available through the Pond5 marketplace.


    See more on: https://www.natgeotv.com/za/shows/nationalgeographicwild/when-sharks-attack/.

    Pond5
    Creative Partner Team

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Don‘t forget to check out the other projects as well! >> Go to Content in the Wild category.

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Pro Tip: Using TikTok For Your Promotion

Dancing trends, food recipes and life hacks are just a few topics TikTok cover. Let’s face the truth – TikTok is no longer a procrastination app. We can’t underestimate its power among other social media. TikTok reached one billion users at the end of 2021 and is expected to reach 1.8 billion by the end of 2022! Moreover, 32% of users are aged between 25-34. That brings an important question – should I build my brand on TikTok and how to do that? Here’s what you can do.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a social network for creating and sharing short videos with a length of 3 seconds to 3 minutes long on the topic of dancing, karaoke, food, life hacks, fashion, funny sketches, and much more. In 2018, TikTok became the most successful application in the US and, in addition to English and Chinese, is now also available in more than 75 other languages. Their competitors are well-aware of its popularity – if you think of it, Instagram Reels are videos that are a direct copy of TikTok.

TikTok is a great platform for sharing your content, whether you are a videographer, photographer, illustrator or a music artist! We even use TikTok too!

@pond5_official

 

What To Post?

TikTok is intuitive and the whole process of creating videos is very simple. You can create a new video in the app or upload an existing clip from your gallery. You can then filter the created videos, adjust the speed, compile them with other frames or videos, and of course, you can also insert a musical underline. Additionally, you can transform the voice, add visual effects and various moving or static stickers. Since you‘re already a stock media creator and Pond5 Artist, there’s nothing easier than posting a selection of your best clips on TikTok, captioning it with catchy hashtags using the Tiktok Creative Center, attaching a popular song that is trending right now, and adding your referral link there!

Here are some ideas on what to post:

  • Your clipped and edited footage with background music on TikTok
  • Behind the scenes shots from the set
  • A voiceover of how did you edit that clip or photo (using editing programs + the result)
  • Speedart of an illustration you’ve just uploaded on Pond5
  • The production process of a song you’ve made
  • Tips and Tricks on how to succeed as an artist
  • Trending challenges on TikTok and its For You Page
@pond5drone

 

How Often Should you Post on TikTok?

TikTok is a dynamic social media platform. For the best results, you need to find the right time to post to TikTok – when your audience is most likely to be scrolling, so you need to understand where your target group (the potential buyers) are located and in which time zone are they based to land on their algorithm. Make sure to actually use your TikTok account as well by interacting with other creators, follow, like and comment on their videos.

TikTok recommends posting 1- 4 videos/day. Consistency is more important than frequency. If you’re only able to post a video once or twice a week, create a plan and stick with it. You’re about to build a community and brand from zero so it takes time. Never look for shortcuts – buying followers, likes or views may actually harm your progress!

 

Get Viral and Refer To Your Content

TikTok is interesting in its viralness. You can actually become famous overnight so make sure you have a consistent profile with a matched profile photo and username with Pond5, Instagram and other social media, and make sure to add your personal referral link to your BIO so you can earn more! If you want to know more about consistency and building your brand, check out this guide.

That’s pretty much it! As an Artist, you have a great opportunity to make TikTok a platform that offers real value of real art. Become a TikTok Artist, promote your work to thousands of people and get more exposure to your work! Make sure to follow us @pond5_official and tag us in your posts. We would love to feature you on our official account!

Buyer Requests: Women in Football, 4th of July, Road Trips

Most Wanted in June

Hot summer days are lurking, and our buyers are getting ready for their summer holiday campaigns. Grab a glass of your favorite summer cocktail and check out the following top topics in demand: Women in Football, 4th of July, and Road Trips!

Women in Football

Women in Football

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRWOMENFOOTBALL2022
With the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro football tournament in England in July 2022, the demand for media assets with a women’s football theme is increasing. Buyers want footage, photos, illustrations, sound effects, and music tracks. This fun theme is suitable for all artists!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Women’s referees, Women’s football officials, coaches, medics, etc.
  • Girls playing football in the backyard with their friends, siblings, or parents.
  • Close-up shots of a woman in sports getting ready to play. Slow-motion shots of putting on the protectors, tying the shoelaces, etc.
  • Women at practice running at different angles and speeds taken at various shot sizes. Film slow motion, normal pace, close-ups, full shots, over-the-shoulder shots, etc.
  • POV shots from the player’s perspective as a goalkeeper, defense, offense, or other positions.
  • Sound effects associated with football like whistles, crowds, or cheering.
  • Motivational and high energy music tracks to fit the topic.

Suggested Keywords

Football, women in football, UEFA, UEFA EURO, UEFA Women’s EURO, ​​UEFA Women’s Euro 2022

Target Group

All groups, but specifically ad agencies, corporate clients, non-profit organizations, TV production companies, etc.

PRO TIP

  • Buyers prefer clips cleared for commercial use. To qualify, these shots should never show logos or 3rd party intellectual property. Jerseys with names on them require a signed property release from the owner and a signed model release from the person or people wearing them. Uniquely designed buildings, such as stadiums in England, require a signed property release from the owner. Please avoid logos on stadiums and banners. Any recognizable person in the clip should sign a model release.
  • We highly recommend considering diverse actors or models of all ages, ethnicities, races, religions, genders, or sexual orientations.
  • Choosing proper metadata is crucial for our search algorithm. Never stuff your metadata with irrelevant keywords.
  • Please stay safe! Do not enter any owned land or property without permission.
4th of July

4th of July

USE THIS KEYWORD: BR4THJULY2022
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Celebrations include spectacular fireworks, parades, public events, family gatherings, and BBQs in the backyards. Many agencies and non-profit organizations are already planning their July 4th campaigns, creating a tremendous opportunity for you!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Commercially cleared footage of friends and families gathering on July 4, spending time outdoors, eating, drinking, barbecuing, etc.
  • Friends, couples, and families enjoying watching the fireworks together.
  • Editorial footage of parades, people in the streets, waving American flags, celebrating the holiday.
  • American flags hung from houses or buildings, and people dressed in patriotic (red, white, and blue) clothing.
  • Local public events and workshops associated with the Independence Day.
  • Editorial footage of your local politicians giving public speeches, shaking hands with the crowds, etc. (use the special code USElections2022 as well!)
  • Music and sound effects such as, patriotic music tracks and the sound of fireworks.

Suggested Keywords

Independence Day, 4th of July, July 4, Patriotic, National holiday, Federal holiday, etc.

Target Group

All groups, but specifically ad agencies, corporate clients, and non-profit organizations.

Road Trips

Road Trips

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRROADTRIPS2022
Summer encourages us to spend time outdoors and take our adventures on the road! If you plan to go on a trip, take a camera with you and share your journey with our buyers! The demand for summer footage is rising.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Commercially cleared shots of friends packing for their holiday trips on the road.
  • Take shots of vans, large cars, and even buses remodeled for sleeping. Capture the car’s interior, the sleeping area, the dining area, etc.
  • POV shots of the driver on a highway – stay safe, please!
  • People gathered around a bonfire playing the guitar, singing, sleeping, etc., with a car in the background.
  • Shots of people looking at the map and planning their road trip.
  • Shots of a person changing a tire or repairing the car.
  • Families on a road trip.

Suggested Keywords

Roadtrip, caravan, rebuilt van, on the road, summer trip, summer vacation, etc.

Target Group

All groups, especially ad agencies and TV productions.

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Creative Brief: Retro Home Videos of Summer

Special Keyword Code: RETROSUMMERP5BRIEF

Summer inspires sweet nostalgia for simpler times in the sun. Retro and home-video-style footage is in demand, so dig through your basement and attic boxes for those old 8 MM films and VHS recordings from family beach days, garden barbecues, or any random Tuesday.

 

Archival Vetting Process

We accept archival/vintage content when a contributor provides proof of copyright ownership for their whole portfolio. Please fill out this form to prove that you are the copyright owner of your archival content. Our curation team will review all submissions, and approval is not guaranteed.
 

Remember to Tag Your Submissions

The ideal format for archival footage description is as follows: PLACE, CITY, COUNTRY (MONTH, DAY, YEAR). Aim to get it as close to this as possible. When you tag footage and photos properly, you assure potential buyers of authenticity, making them more likely to buy your items!

  • Example:Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England‎, United Kingdom (August 15, 1985)

 

Kids Dancing / Summer Fun, Australia (1970S) by FOOTAGESELECT.
 

Submission List Thought Starters

 

  • Vintage home videos of your family enjoying a beach day, strolling in a sunny park, spending an afternoon at a lake or in the backyard, etc.
  • Retro establishing shots of vacation locations–camps, hotels, lakes, etc.
  • Vintage food shots – think buffet breakfasts at hotel restaurants, family picnics, moms packing road trip snacks, BBQs in your garden, etc.
  • Archival footage of typical summer activities – whether sunbathing, surfing, drying laundry under the sun, beach volleyball, putting on sun cream, or sipping cocktails in sunnies and swimwear, our buyers want it all!
  • Archival footage cleared for commercial use – can you secure an adequately filled model release from recognizable people?

Pro-Tip: You must be the rightful copyright owner of all footage you submit. If you purchased the content, please prepare the proper releases from the copyright owner of the clips/images.

Aunt Gives Hugs To Kids In Driveway-1962 Vintage 8Mm Film by Happyrojo.
 
Suggested Keywords: archival, retro, vintage, home video, summer

Typical UsersAd agencies, social media companies, lifestyle brands, documentary filmmakers

Location Diversity: Private spaces like homes, apartments, backyards, and hotel rooms. Public civic areas such as beaches, parks, etc. Commercial buildings, including cafés, restaurants, etc.

 

Submission Checklist

  • Please remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: RETROSUMMERP5BRIEF
  • Submit all completed property and model releases
  • Add all applicable conceptual keywords to the clips

Top Image: 1970S Crowd People Waikiki On At Beach Hawaii Vintage Film Retro Old Home Movie by DogPhonics.

Buyer Requests: Easter, POV Drone Shots, Establishing Shots

Most Wanted in March

Spring is knock knock knocking at the door—and so are our buyers! Hop on a treasure hunt and help them fill their baskets with fresh takes on Easter, POV drone shots, and a variety of establishing shots. Don’t forget to add the relevant special keywords to your upload, so we can track and promote your content!

Easter

Easter

USE THIS KEYWORD: EASTER2022
Our buyers are already hunting for fresh takes of this much-loved celebration. Do you have a local Easter tradition, like a special meal or game? Does someone other than the Easter Bunny hide the eggs? Whether they’re chocolate or the multi-color, minimum-cal kind, we want to see it and so do our buyers!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Families decorating Easter eggs
  • Unique local Easter traditions
  • People preparing Easter dishes, like hot cross buns, desserts, lamb etc.
  • The Christian aspect of Easter, depicting traditions, symbols and church services
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday
  • Pagan celebrations of the Spring Equinox

Suggested Keywords

Easter, Easter Egg, Spring, Easter Bunny, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, Christianity, Happy Easter, Easter Cross (if applicable)

Target Group

All groups, but specifically ad agencies, corporate clients, non-profit organizations, TV production companies, etc.

POV Drone Shots

POV Drone Shots

USE THIS KEYWORD: POVDRONE2022
Point Of View (POV) or First Person View (FPV) brings something dizzyingly special to typical drone footage. It’s not just our point of view, though—our buyers agree! Requests for these swiftly moving shots are taking flight.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Go drone racing and capture POV in nature. Think forest, beach, mountains views etc.
  • Follow an athlete using a skateboard, longboard, ski & snowboard, etc. It will look like you’re shooting right behind them!
  • Top view POV drone shots while taking off and landing
  • Timelapse of people walking on the street

Suggested Keywords

fpv drone, pov drone, following shot, timelapse, drone racing, etc.

Target Group

All groups, but specifically ad agencies and corporate clients.

Establishing Shots

Establishing Shots

USE THIS KEYWORD: ESTABLISHINGSHOTS2022
We’ve noticed an increased demand for establishing shots. But let’s establish something: our buyers want them captured using various camera techniques at different times of the day. Plan to shoot from the same angle in the light and at night!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Locked-off angles of generic buildings, parks, squares, gardens, beaches, forests (etc.)
  • Static city aerials
  • Timelapses in front of buildings, parks, interiors. Must be cleared for commercial use!
  • Empty streets without people, cars, or modern signage.
  • Cityscapes and skylines
  • Generic buildings of various architectural styles. Think renaissance, family houses, business buildings, vacation houses etc.

Suggested Keywords

Establishing shots, aerial view, timelapse establishing shot, empty street, cityscape, skyline, downtown, generic building

Target Group

All groups, especially ad agencies and TV productions.

PRO TIP

  • Buyers prefer clips that are cleared for commercial use. These should never show any logos or 3rd party intellectual property, recognizable cars, signs, license plates etc. If buildings are uniquely designed or a door number is shown, we will require a signed property release from the owner. Any recognizable person in the clip should sign a model release.
  • We highly recommend considering diverse actors or models of all ages, ethnicities, races, religions, genders, or sexual orientations.
  • Choosing the right metadata is crucial for the search algorithm. Never stuff your metadata with irrelevant keywords.
    Please stay safe! Do not enter any owned land or property without permission.

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