VISUAL STORYTELLING – Basics

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Shooting the video

If you thought you needed to go out and buy a proffesional video camera or to make a video, think again! Sometimes, the best camera is the one you have with you. You can shoot high quality video that’s ready to edit and upload to your website using the  smartphone camera, but if you just pull it out of your pocket and click record, chances are the end result will not look up to snuff. Weather you are shooting with camera, DSLR or your smartphone if you don’t know the basics there is a possibility that your footage will be bad. Here are some quick tips for getting the most out of your smartphone camera.

 

1. Don’t shoot vertical video

We’re living in a widescreen world! Laptops, televisions, your Twitter feed, and your website are all examples of places where a vertical video probably won’t look great. So make sure you shoot horizontally!

 

2. Use a tripod

No matter how steady your hands are, your smartphone is going to have to work pretty hard to stabilize a handheld shot. If you’re editing multiple takes, slight movements can be really distracting, so it’s definitely worth the extra effort to stabilize your shots with a tripod.

 

3. Don’t use the zoom

Avoid the temptation to use the smartphone built-in camera zoom. Since the lens isn’t zooming optically, you’re just enlarging the picture digitally, which means you will quickly enter the world of unsightly pixels. If you want to get a closer shot of your subject, just move your feet closer until you find the perfect shot!

 

4. Use the exposure lock

The smartphone will automatically focus and expose your shot. This can be a great function for quick photos, but when you’re shooting a video of one person talking to the camera, it can really complicate things. The smartphone tends to keep adjusting and refocusing, which can lead to jittery-looking footage. That’s why is recommend use the exposure focus lock. This will help to keep the focus and exposure constant throughout your shot.

 

5. Get your microphone close to your subject

. When shooting video with an smartphone, it’s best to use external microphone to capture good audio. You can plug a powered mic,  and it’ll send the audio from the microphone directly into your smartphone. A general rule for clear audio is to get your microphone as close to your subject as possible.

 

 

In the next video you can see most used frames in shooting.

 

 

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