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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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.

The “Driving Plate”: Stumbling Upon a Niche Genre

Have you heard of driving plate footage? It’s a type of video taken from the perspective of a person sitting in a moving vehicle. Moreover, it’s a niche genre that might inspire you to freshen up your collection with a new perspective! Check out the host blog post from our Pond5 Artist Andrew Dutton of hh65flier and read on for tips and tricks to capture the best driving plate footage.

 

Want to be the next one?

We are still looking for industry experts to feature as guests on the Pond5 blog and YouTube channel. All topics relating to film production, stock media, video editing, production techniques, visual trends, and content creation are needed.

Send us your article between 1000 – 1500 words, and if you choose to accompany your article with a video, vlogs should be between 1-3 minutes. All content should focus on your area of expertise, be user-centred and benefit the audience by teaching them something, providing entertainment, or informing them about industry trends or topics. Link back to your Pond5 content as examples using your unique referral links to increase the exposure of your content.

Send your article to marketing@pond5.com, and if we use your submission on one of our channels, we’ll add $200 to your next payout! If you have any questions or want to run a topic idea by us before you begin creating, reach out! We’re happy to help you get started.

Buyer Requests: US Politics, All Saints Day Around the World, Remembrance Day

Most Wanted in October

As we welcome cooler autumn days, crunch across the falling leaves, and choose our Halloween costumes, content creators worldwide plan their projects for the months ahead. Buyers are searching for footage of US Politics to support the Midterm elections, All Saints Day Around the World, and Remembrance Day.

US Politics

US Politics

USE THIS KEYWORD: USELECTIONS2022

LAST CALL! Midterm elections are November 8 and buyers wrapping up their political projects are increasing the overall demand for political content. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit content for the 2022 Elections. Check out our extensive Creative Brief for more information.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Politicians delivering speeches and leading public demonstrations
  • Voters in front of polling stations
  • Politicians on the campaign trail
  • Supporters holding signs for political candidates and key issues
  • Protesters and demonstrations against key political issues
  • Influential personalities speaking out on political and social issues
  • Major political events in history, including speeches, the election process, parades, events, protests, etc.
  • Key politicians from your own country’s history
  • Various animations (national flags, lower thirds, intros, logo animations, transitions.)
  • Establishing shots (aerial views, skyline, cityscapes, etc.)
  • Depictions of the critical issues discussed in your local politics (healthcare, economy, immigration, climate, ecology, DEI, etc.)
  • All touchpoints of the Electoral and voting process: Close-ups of ballots, commercially cleared shots of protesting crowds, etc.
  • Proud supporters wearing merchandise for their favorite candidate (badges, hats, t-shirts, badges, etc.)

Suggested Keywords

Politic, democracy, citizen, speech, protest, vote, government, national, ballot, voting, patriotism, campaign, candidate, democrat, republican, civil, register, flag, national, collusion, elect, midterms, election

Target Group

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

PRO TIPS

Choosing proper metadata is crucial for our search algorithm. Don’t forget to add relevant keywords to your existing submission and never stuff your metadata with irrelevant keywords. Not sure how to do that? Check out our guide.

All Saints Day Around the World

All Saints Day Around the World

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRALLSAINTS2022

Around the turn of October and November, we witness various cultural traditions and holidays across the world that are celebrated to honor the memory of the dead, whether it is Dia de Muertos, traditional Samhain in Ireland and Scotland, Ognissanti in Italy, or Barriletes Gigantes in Guatemala.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Shots of locals in different countries celebrating All Saints’ Day
  • Close-ups of delicious traditional food that is being served
  • Portraits of people in traditional costumes, wearing flower crowns, painted faces,…
  • Editorial footage from the parades, public events, etc.
  • Authentic family gatherings and private celebrations at home (altars, marigolds, etc)

Suggested Keywords

Halloween, Alll Saints’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, Samhain, Ognissanti, Barriletes Gigantes

Target Group

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

Remembrance Day / Veteran Day

Remembrance Day / Veteran Day

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRVETERANDAY2022

Remembrance Day, also as known as Poppy Day, is a military memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty in WWI. During the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the holiday. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day. Our buyers are looking for both editorial and commercial footage – from events associated with Remembrance Day / Veteran Day to lifestyle footage of people on duty.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Editorial footage of people paying their respect to fallen soldiers at special events and memorials. (Remember to consider those who do not wish to be on camera.)
  • Portraits of soldiers wearing uniforms
  • Footage documenting the events, and gatherings during the Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
  • Conceptual shots of memorials, veteran cemeteries, etc.
  • People buying poppies or other signature items to support veteran communities
  • Commercially cleared footage and photos of people wearing poppies
  • Politicians and their public speeches
  • Crowds listening to a public speech

Suggested Keywords

Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, Veteran Day, Soldiers, Duty, War, WWI, WWII, World War, Army, Armed Forces, Military, etc.

Target Group

All groups, but specifically news, TV, etc.

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Creative Brief: World Cup Countdown!

Special Keyword Code: P5WorldCup2022

The World Cup is coming up. Just seconds before the whistle blows, it’s time for a soccer shoot-out! Buyers want footage, tracks, and SFX around the beautiful game—from fancy footwork and fan culture to distinctive match locations. Don’t miss your shot! Remember to keep in mind the local regulations of photography in Qatar during this time.

 

Visual Media Thought Starters

Footage, images, After Effects, and illustrations are all-star players in this stock squad. Remember that natural content with authentic models always wins. And avoid red cards—look out for 3rd party intellectual property if clearing for commercial use!

 

Football Lifestyle

  • Fans at the pub – drinking beer and watching a match that’s been cleared for commercial use.
  • Friends or family around the TV — either watching a game, celebrating victory, or mourning defeat.
  • Individuals watching matches on mobile screens – in public transport, at work, in bed, or in cars.
  • Kids playing soccer – with friends or family in Qatar.
  • Friends playing pickup soccer – on an urban street, alley, residential street, driveway, or in a public park or field in Qatar.
  • Commercial Footage of fans traveling to Qatar by trains, planes, buses, and local city transport.
  • Commercially cleared media of fans preparing food for match get-togethers.
  • Fans creating banners or signs to support their team. Fans wearing jerseys or having their face painted their country’s colors.

 

Man Embracing With Multiracial Fans During Soccer Game by verticalstock.

 

Professional Football

The goal is to mix up techniques—experiment with angles, frame sizes, and frame rates!

  • Close-ups of players preparing for the match. Slow-motion shots of putting on protectors, tying shoelaces, drinking water, etc.
  • The walkout to the pitch before a match.
  • Soccer players at practice playing a scrimmage or hitting goals, free kicks, etc.
  • POV from the player’s perspective as a goalkeeper, defense, offense, or other positions.
  • Typical football moves like a player heading the ball, goalkeeper blocking the shot, etc.
  • Shots of staff including referees, football officials, coaches, medics, etc. Reactions of coaches or other players when a goal occurs. Use special effects like slow-motion and POV.

 

Close Up Of A Male Soccer Player Running With A Soccer Ball On The Football by petrunine.

 

Archival Content

Do you have VHS tapes with soccer on them? Or old photographs? Connect your story to the past and enrich our collection with a touch of history. Archival footage and images are in high demand!

  • Historic moments in soccer such as game-changing goals, famous matches, extraordinary moves, etc.
  • Old tournaments — shots of the field, the match, fans cheering, flags waving, TV and newspaper advertising, fans dressed in national jerseys, etc.
  • Interviews and press conferences — Journalists interviewing staff, players, and fans.
  • Soccer legends — famous players or referees, footage and images of famous people playing the game.
  • Archival — fan zones from back in the day like stadiums, cities, and merchandise.
  • Digitalized VHS tapes of any kind – whether it’s you playing soccer in the yard as a kid, school teams, or professional players heading the ball, submit what you got!

File: Football/Soccer: Profile: Former Manchester United And England Star by Reuters.

Content on Location

  • Qatar World Cup Stadiums — aerials and establishing shots of these 8 venues, and their surrounding cities, taken during the day and at night. Tip: catch all the preparations, entrances, and corridors before and during the tournament.
    • Lusail – Lusail Stadium
    • Al Khor – Al Bayt Stadium
    • Al Wakrah – Al Janoub Stadium
    • Al Rayyan – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
    • Doha – Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium
  • Qatar culture — timelapses, aerials and establishing shots of Qatar and its residents at different times of day.
  • Training grounds for football players—training, lighting, empty stadiums with players on the field, locker rooms, etc.
  • Fan zones in different cities and areas in Qatar
  • Local businesses getting ready for the World Cup—decorated shop interiors, branding and advertising on storefronts, bazaars, and souvenir shops selling themed goods.
  • Important tourist places such as hotels, airports, and train stations.

 

Doha, Qatar: Aerial View Of Lusail Football Stadium For Fifa World Cup 2022 by unicusx.

 

Also Consider

  • Change your graphics to 2022 — if you’ve previously uploaded anything that displays a year, make sure it’s updated for 2022.
  • Motion graphics — backgrounds and loops will be high in demand as well as transitions for editing software. Intros, openers, waving team flags, national flags, scoreboards, templates for the score tables.
  • Lower thirds — Get inspired by a match on TV and upload lower thirds with the Qatar World Cup color scheme.
  • Social media templates — create graphics for Social Media stories, profile picture frames, YouTube ending screens, Twitch overlays, etc. wallpaper backgrounds?
  • Isolated soccer themes — the ball, goals, whistles, red and yellow cards.
  • All-purpose marketing elements — soccer icons, email templates, signatures, flyers for local pubs etc.

 

Football Music and Sound Effects

Audio brings this theme to life! Complete the action with sound design, including thousands of cheering or booing fans, whistles, and ball kicks, or create a memorable atmosphere with festive anthemic music tracks.

PRO TIP:

If you intend to qualify your content for commercial use, these shots should never show logos or third-party intellectual property. Make sure you have a signed property release from the owner of a facility if it’s unique and distinctive enough and a signed model release (or a model release for a minor) from anyone who is recognizable in the shot or photo.

 

Keyword Ideas

World Cup, Soccer, Football, Championship, FIFA, UEFA, AFC, CAF, OFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, Qatar, Player, National Team, Training, National Flags, Doha, International, Schedule, Banner, Champion, Trophy, Competition, Success, Determination, Power, Endurance, Focus, Preparation, Precision, Agility, Achievement, Teamwork, Skill, Audience, Fans

 

Target audience

All kinds of customers – especially ad agencies, corporate clients, digital artists, etc.

 

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: P5WorldCup2022
  • Make sure your submission falls under commercial use whenever it’s possible.

 
 
Top Image: Fans Celebrating At Football Match by ImageSource.

Top Category: Nature Today

Political leaders, activists, and companies emphasize climate change and conservation. As a result, nature content is one of our Top Categories. Contribute to a shared vision of a green, healthy planet or illustrate the dire need for change.
Use this unique keyword so we can identify your content: EVERGREENNATURE

 

Popular Nature Themes

 

  • Forests and Rainforests—Think emerald green foliage, exotic plants, and critters from among the treetops and under rocks. Alternatively, show the destruction of biodiversity by monoculture, extraction, etc.
  • Underwater World—Show colorful reefs, feasting fish, and minuscule sand life. Or focus on polluted beaches, floating plastic, dying corals, etc.
  • Indigenous Animals–Show us your local animal life, such as the pandas of China, orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, toucans in South America, or even the North American cougar.
  • Extreme Weather–Capture unusual, dramatic, or out-of-season weather, such as dust storms, tornados, hurricanes, etc.
  • Endangered Species–Feature polar bears, koalas, Adélie penguins, etc.
  • Global Warming causes and consequences–Shoot melting ice caps, greenhouse gasses, dry soil, deforestation, wildfires, etc.

 

Swimming Sea Turtle And Sandy Seabed. Underwater Video From Scuba Diving by blueseacz.

QUICK TIPS

Maximize your sales potential

  • Buyers need a diverse portfolio so start experimenting! For example, when using a drone, play with the dynamics of the movement and shoot a slow-motion top view or a fast POV flight through a valley.
  • Get up close for macro shots of exotic flowers, trees, and small animals.
  • Timelapse / hyperlapse shots are popular–capture a flower growing from the soil, etc.
  • Follow news bulletins–buyer requests are sure to follow!
  • Prioritize your safety and environmental preservation. Follow local rules Covid regulations, and only enter areas when permitted.

Conceptual Keywords

Include relevant conceptual keywords to ensure buyers find your content in broader searches. Need inspiration? You can search for similar content on Pond5, sort the results by “Popular,” and see what other artists do!

Summary:

  • Don’t forget to use the special keyword from this article, EVERGREENNATURE
  • Planning to shoot editorial footage of events? Please don’t forget to properly format metadata
  • Stay safe and have fun!

Top image: Emerald Lake Cinemagraph In Canada, Time Lapse, Looping by crackerclips.

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Shoot Briefs: Localized Content

Special Keyword Code: LOCALIZEDCONTENT2022

Here’s looking at you, wherever you are! Content from diverse locations across all continents is in high demand, with customers from many industries looking for fresh takes on local areas, whether commercial or editorial. Show off where you live, and contribute to our global but local collection!

African Family Working Together, Measuring Out Quantities Of Rice Or Grain by hotelfoxtrot.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Local Upcoming Events – Heading to an e-sport, traditional sport, or political event? Shoot everything from conferences to political conventions to local festivals – think National Cherry Blossom Festival, Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, etc.
    • Remember, the preferred format for a newsworthy editorial description is: PLACE, CITY, COUNTRY, (MONTH, DAY, YEAR)
  • Local buildings, city parks, streets, and landmarks. Buyers love aerials and locked-off images taken from the same angle day and night.
  • Buyers value images and footage of local nature—think of national parks, forests, animals, flora, etc.
  • There’s a strong desire for Lifestyle shots as well! Show us your local food and drinks, fashions, traditions, and typical gatherings–Easy to capture when out at a house party, garden BBQ, or enjoying the night in a pub.
  • Who are the people in your neighborhood? Whether a tech company CEO or a local farmer running a small business, show us the people representing your location!
  • Focus on diversity. Choose models that truly represent the communities, whether LGBTQ+, Indigenous people, etc.

 

Chhath Festival (India, Nepal, Hindusim) _2 by aadityanrn.

 

Suggested Keywords

Think of keywords that truly describe what is happening in the shot. Be precise with locations, names of the landmarks, parks, etc. – use the advantage of having a unique shot from a unique location.

 

Trending Hashtags

Get inspired by social media’s most popular hashtags. If you’re planning to shoot an event, use the trending hashtags you find on Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms.

 

Submission Checklist

  • Please remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: LOCALIZEDCONTENT2022
  • Include relevant keywords.
  • It’s important to attach property release and model release forms to all videos you intend to list as suitable for commercial use on the Marketplace. Remember to check that there is no 3rd party IP, such as distinctive logos, designs, etc.

Top Image: Hirano Shrine Cherry Blossom Festival Lanterns In Kyoto, Japan by sangapark.

Shoot Briefs: 2022, The Year of Election

Creative Brief – Special Keyword Code: USElections2022

Various countries are preparing to hold elections this year, from South Korea to France, Australia to the U.S. midterms, and more. In the face of change, we can be confident of three things: shifts in the global political landscape, political campaigners looking for media, and news organizations seeking editorial footage.

 

PRO TIP: Update Your Existing After Effects and Graphics

Have you uploaded election-related special effects before, such as lower thirds After Effects, national flag animations, intros, etc.? If so, just re-export and re-upload your work with the current year, updating the description and keywords!

Typing Motivational Announcement Vote In 2022 On A Vintage Typewriter Close-Up by labutstudio.

 

Submission Thought Starters

There is tremendous demand for VIDEO, STILL PHOTOGRAPHY, MUSIC, ILLUSTRATION and SFX in this category.

 

Editorial Footage & Photos

  • Politicians delivering speeches and leading public demonstrations
  • Voters waiting in front of polling stations
  • Politicians on the campaign trail
  • Supporters holding signs for political candidates and key issues
  • Protesters against key political issues
  • Influential personalities speaking out on political & social issues
  • Major political events in history, including speeches, the election process, parades, events, protests, etc.
  • Key politicians from your own country’s history

IMPORTANT NOTE: Buyers will search for footage from their locality so be sure to provide the proper date and location.

  • Suggested format: PLACE, CITY, COUNTRY, (MONTH, DAY, YEAR)
  • Example: Dallas, Texas‎, United States (March 1, 2022)

 

4K: Young Black Female Voter Voting At The Usa Election With Face Mask by purplevideos.

 

Commercial Footage, After Effects, Illustrations, and Photos

  • Various animations (national flags, lower thirds, intros, logo animations, transitions.)
  • Establishing shots (aerial views, skyline, cityscapes, etc.)
  • Depictions of the critical issues discussed in your local politics (healthcare, economy, immigration, ecology, DEI, etc.)
  • All touchpoints of the Electoral process. Think close-ups of ballots, commercially cleared shots of protesting crowds, etc.
  • Proud supporters wearing merchandise for their favorite candidate (badges, hats, t-shirts, badges, etc.)
  • Illustrations relating to the list of keywords above.

 

Audio

  • Crowd reactions including cheering in a stadium, clapping, booing, etc.
  • Check out our Music Briefs dedicated to Politics!

 

Keyword Ideas

Top-quality metadata helps buyers find your work, so copy some keywords from this handy list when uploading your new content or updating existing items. Less is more, so use only the most relevant words or phrases!

Politic, democracy, citizen, economic, economy, freedom, speech, protest, vote, government, national, ballot, voting, president, Washington, patriotism, campaign, candidate, democrat, republican, civil, register, capitol, flag, national, collusion, elect, impeach

Find more inspiration on how to choose and add keywords here.

 

Trending Hashtags

Get inspired by social media’s most popular hashtags. The following are trending Instagram hashtags for the US Midterms:

#midterms #vote #election #midtermelections #usa #politics #election2022 #bluewave #electionday #ivoted #midterms2022 #voting #elections #democracy #democrat #democrats #rockthevote #votingmatters #govote #republican #getoutthevote #yourvotecounts #voterregistration #washingtondc #votethemout #congress #american

Keep an eye out for any local keywords associated with your shoot locations. For example, if you’re about to upload a shot of people registering to vote in Arizona, look at the hashtags used by politicians in Arizona and add them to the keywords. Don’t forget to add USElections2022!

However, this process works for every country so if you plan to shoot a set depicting the presidential election in France, get inspired by the Twitter and Instagram trending hashtags.

 

Production Checklist

 

  • Safety is extremely important when capturing footage in crowded, chaotic, and sometimes violent circumstances.
  • Make sure to assess the situation, ensuring that you can film safely as events unfold.
  • If using your mobile phone, position it horizontally so that customers have maximum flexibility when using the image or footage.

 

Submission Checklist:

 

  • Please remember to tag your clips with the keyword code: USElections2022
  • Relevant keywords are extremely important to include as well.
  • Make sure you have your property release and model release forms attached to videos you intend to list as suitable for commercial use on the Marketplace. Also check that commercially cleared images and footage don’t contain any 3rd party IP, such as distinctive logos, designs, etc.

Buyer Requests: Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Commercially-Cleared Architecture

Most Wanted in January

Kickstart 2022 with inspiration from our latest Buyer Requests! Read on to learn what’s in high demand: content around Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Commercially-Cleared Architecture. Don’t forget to add the relevant special keywords while uploading — these let us track and promote your content!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRVALENTINE2022
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here to stay — and our buyers are looking for scenes showing how people will spend it. Think loving couples, friend nights, blind dates, family gatherings, DIY cards, or even grumpy cynics. Go on and shoot your shot!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • DIY Valentine cards from different angles
  • Gift shopping
  • People of all ages on blind dates
  • Seniors and elderly couples enjoying dinner or dancing in the living room
  • Same-sex couples enjoying a romantic date
  • Authentic and diverse couples
  • Happy singles
  • Grumpy people who hate Valentine’s Day
  • Shops and households decorated for Valentine’s Day

Suggested Keywords

Valentine, Valentine’s Day, Authentic couple, Diverse couple, LGBT+, Valentine Decor,…

Target Group

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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRCHINEWYEAR2022
Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival or Lunar Year, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year, February 1st marks the start of the Year of the Tiger, prompting celebrations worldwide.

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Celebrations among Chinese communities based in the US and Europe
  • Families gathering for the annual reunion dinner
  • People participating in the traditional cleaning of their houses to sweep away bad fortune and make way for good luck
  • Windows and doors decorated with traditional red paper-cuts and couplets
  • Close-ups of gourmet dishes, such as Buddha’s delight, jau gok, nian gao, etc.
  • Married couples giving traditional red envelopes to young, unmarried children in the family
  • Markets and village fairs decorated with traditional lanterns, etc.
  • Typical Chinese New Year fashion
  • Tiger symbolism in fashion, decorations, etc.
  • Fireworks
  • The day after Chinese New Year

Suggested Keywords

Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Lunar Year, Year of the Tiger, Chinese traditions, jau gok, nian gao, paper-cuts, etc.

Target Group

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

Commercially-Cleared Architecture

Commercially-Cleared Architecture

USE THIS KEYWORD: BRARCHITECTURE2022
Useful as establishing shots, video clips featuring commercially-cleared architecture are often used in surprising ways across a wide variety of projects. Many buyers recolor buildings for vintage projects, representing eras as far back as medieval times!

Shot List Thought Starters

  • Shots of buildings taken from the same angle at day and night
  • Static shots of weathered buildings
  • Historical buildings in different architectural styles from cities like Rome or Prague
  • Close-ups of columns, arches, graffiti, ceilings, doors, windows, etc.
  • Empty street shots without people, cars, or modern signage
  • Buildings characteristic of the 1980s and 1990s
  • Aerial shots of buildings, squares, parks, bridges, etc.

Suggested Keywords

Vintage, old building, historical, establishing shot, same angle, day and night shot, empty street, retro, aerial shot

Target Group

All groups, especially ad agencies and TV productions.

PRO TIP

All building scenes must be cleared for commercial use. This means we cannot accept footage featuring logos or 3rd party intellectual property, recognizable people, cars, street signs, etc. Additionally, we will require a signed property release from the building owner if it is uniquely designed or is recognizable by the door number. Lastly, please stay safe and do NOT enter the owner’s land or property without permission.

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