Photos & Videos
University Communications has a photography manager on staff for photo coverage at select campus opportunities and events. Priority is given to high-profile, executive, and university advancement requests. To submit a request for photography, complete the form at the link below with as much detail as possible. If our office makes a determination to provide you with photography coverage, further consultation will help us arrive at the most mutually beneficial coverage strategy that will meet your needs and provide UCR with high-quality images for future communications use.
Faculty & Staff Portrait Services
University Communications offers a number of photo sessions throughout the year, usually held on the final business Friday of each month. Refer back to this page for any date changes. To reserve a spot in one of the available sessions, send an email to Muneeza Tahir (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are contacting us on behalf of a number of people in your unit, include the name and email address of each faculty and staff member who will be attending. Academic departments that would like to arrange faculty photo sessions may reach out to us for alternative dates.
Please note: faculty and staff portrait services are currently on hold pending further direction on a safe campus return.
Creating Your Own Video: Best Practices, Tips, and Resources
Before you start, think about your goals, key messages, audience, and rollout strategy. Focus on the story first and consider how you will make viewers feel emotion (humor, fear, excitement, etc.) and connect with your message.
Use a tripod, if possible, and think about storytelling possibilities for the background.
Make sure there is enough light to see your subject.
Use a microphone. If interviewing people, place the microphone as close to them as possible. Final audio mix should peak at -6 db.
Shorter is usually better (we aim for 1-2 minutes). The first three seconds are critical in getting your viewers' attention. Here is an example of using "b-roll" to help bring a story to life:
Watch out for copyright violations and avoid using music unless you have permission to do so. Our team can provide licensed music for your projects, as needed.
Follow the current technical specifications for the platform where you are posting your video.
Other Video Tips, Policies, and Resources
Official Branding in Videos
Official branding is used in UCR-produced videos. Whether your video is posted on one of UCR's main social media channels or on your own college, school, or department's channel, use properly-branded logos wherever appropriate. UCR logos are available on the Downloads page and logo best practice guidelines are available on the UCR Logos page. To obtain a branded logo for your college, school, or department, contact University Communications.
- Video Release Form
Filming on Campus
News organizations can shoot photos or video in public areas of the UC Riverside campus. Media access to university buildings and restricted areas is coordinated through UCR University Communications.
Filming/taping/photography for commercial purposes, such as television programs, movies and advertisements, must be approved in advance. No use of UC Riverside trademarks or service marks is permitted without advance written approval. Policies for commercial filming and photography on campus can be found on the UC Riverside policy website.
Complete a Filming Request Form if you are interested in commercial filming or photography on campus.
It is illegal to fly a drone on campus unless you have a FAA license and are pre-registered with UCR Environmental Health & Safety's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program:
Watch UCR's Videos
Stay updated on the latest videos we upload to our YouTube channel. It's a great chance for you to see what we're working on and get ideas for your own videos as well.