Tips and Guidelines for Successfully Submitting Product Photos and Videos By tony | Published on December 5, 2022February 24, 2023 Thank you so much for your interest in submitting photos and videos of your favorite Practice Sports equipment. Your photos and videos may be shared on social media, help illustrate blog articles and instructions, or be used in videos to help fellow customers make the right choice on their next purchase. We encourage you to take the time to read these best practices for taking photos and videos of the items. We can’t pay for what we can’t use, so we really want you to take these best practices to heart. (You can take a look at those rewards, here.) Best Practices for Video To get us started, please take a few minutes to watch this incredible installation guide that a recent customer shot for us. We like to hold it up as a shining example of what a great video looks and sounds like. Don’t worry. We’ll wait… … Ok, so you’ve watched the video, now here’s a few tips to help you along your cinematic journey. Landscape vs Portrait. We’re of two minds on this topic at Practice Sports Central. Landscape is definitely better than portrait for sites like YouTube, so that we don’t have the black bars on the sides like in the above video. However, portrait mode is usually better for videos on social media sites like Instagram. What we’ve decided is that landscape probably gives the most versatility to the footage, so try to remember to shoot in landscape mode. Visuals. Remember the two Fs. Please be sure that the items that you are discussing are both in frame and in focus. We can’t do anything with blurry footage, which means you don’t get your reward:( Audio. Please make sure that your audio is clear and legible. In some cases we may not use your audio, opting instead to only have music. However, clear audio gives us the most options for using your video. And it’s particularly vital for use in a testimonial video. Editing.Don’t worry about editing your video. Just send us the footage and we’ll take care of the rest. In the video you watched, the filmmakers sent us about 20 minutes of footage and we cut it down to about 3 minutes. Having said that, please only share the footage that you know we will be able to use. You can upload your footage here. Subject Matter.We’d like to think this one goes without saying, but, we better say it anyways. Keep it clean. The kids are watching. Swearing, cursing, and derogatory language and content will not be allowed. Best Practices for Photos We love seeing our products out in the wild. Sure, it’s great to see photos of the product you want on a white background, free of distraction. But, isn’t it also great to see the product where it’s going to be living? Doing what it’s supposed to be doing? This brief guide is going to help you get those amazing shots that will help you earn some big rewards. Remember, we can’t pay for what we can’t use, so this little guide is here to help you get the most bang for your photo buck. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when shooting photos of your favorite Practice Sports gear. Remember the 2 F’s. In Frame and In Focus. Be sure that we have a clear view of the product you’re featuring in the photo. Get Close. Get close enough to your subject that we can tell the difference between a gaga ball pit, an outdoor batting cage, and a basketball hoop. Keep in mind that customers like you want to see the pitching machine. Of course, you don’t want to get too close, if we can’t tell what we’re looking at, that’s not too helpful. Consider the Features. Whether it’s padding on an L Screen, a feeder arm or control panel on a pitching machine, or a turnbuckle on an outdoor batting cage, remember that each product has features that make it unique. Close up shots of those features will help your fellow customer make the right choice when ordering online Take a breath. Right before you press that button to take the photo, take a breath, first. Use that time to ask yourself; ‘Is what I’m trying to capture in frame? And is it in focus?’ That extra beat before you click the button can make the difference between a great photo, and an unusable one. Now get out there and start shooting those photos and videos. And if you need a little incentive, you can brush up on those reward levels, here. The Single You share: Minimum of 2 pictures showing product fully assembled & ready to use. You recieve: $50 Gift Card to practicesports.com The Double You share: Minimum of 4 pictures showing product fully assembled and in action. You receive: $75 Gift Card to practicesports.com The Triple You share: Minimum of 4 pictures showing product fully assembled and in action. Minimum of 1 video showing product in action. (minimum of 30 seconds long) You receive: $100 Gift Card to practicesports.com The Home Run You share: Minimum of 4 pictures showing product fully assembled and in action. Minimum of 2 videos showing product in action. (minimum of 30 seconds long) Minimum of 1 testimonial video of yourself talking about the equipment and your experience with Practice Sports. (minimum of 30 seconds long) You receive: $500 Gift Card to PracticeSports.com Grand Slam You share: Minimum of 4 pictures showing product fully assembled and in action. Minimum of 2 videos showing product in action. (minimum of 30 seconds long) Minimum of 1 testimonial video of yourself talking about the equipment and your experience with Practice Sports. (minimum of 30 seconds long) Minimum of 1 video demonstrating assembly / installation of the product. (minimum of 5 minutes of total footage. Can be separate unedited clips) You receive: $750 Gift Card to practicesports.com We can’t wait to pay these rewards out, so get out there and start taking some photos and videos. You can submit your masterpieces here.