Filming a High Quality Video on Your Smartphone
This video will provide you with five tips for filming a video on your smartphone for both iPhone and Androids.
Looking to make a professional video, but don’t have professional equipment?
This short video will provide you with 5 tips that will help you to film a high quality video on your smartphone.
These tips will apply regardless of your type of smartphone, such as an IPhone or Android.
Tip 1: Get Your Phone Ready
Make sure that your phone is charged fully before you begin filming.
Put your phone on airplane mode so that no incoming texts or calls won’t ruin your shot.
Decide what resolution works best for your project. 1080p is best and 720p is acceptable for web videos.
Do some research to learn how much storage your phone will need for filming.
Tip 2: Check Your Audio Quality
Keep in mind that smartphone mics are usually poor, but there are inexpensive microphone attachments that can help.
Make sure the camera is close enough to the subject to pick up their voice.
Be aware of other noises you’re picking up and how you will need to edit them out at the end.
Filming outdoors can be a challenge because the microphone can pick up the sound of wind.
If you must film outdoors, try to pick a still day, film in a sheltered location, or replace the sound with audio recorded indoors.
Tip 3: Keep the Camera Steady.
You can do this by using a makeshift tripod or a selfie stick.
You can also purchase an inexpensive tripod for your smartphone.
Or just use both hands to keep your phone steady.
But no matter what, always be sure to film with your phone positioned horizontally rather than vertically, as this will make it easier to edit at the end.
Tip 4: Check Your Lighting and Positioning.
Think about what type of light you are working with. Natural light or artificial light will change the overall look of your shot.
Know where the light is and if it will change.
Check shadow placement because this will change the quality of your shot.
If possible, avoid shooting outdoors at noon because shadows on the face will be harshest.
The best time to shoot outdoors is just before sunset or in the shade.
Tip 5: Be Mindful of How your Shot is Framed.
Make an intentional choice about where your subject is standing, how close you are to them, and what is in the shot.
Decide if you want to film your subject full body, waist up, or shoulders up.
A close up shot will emphasize subject details and emotions, while a full body shot will give the viewer a sense of place and location.
For more information on how to frame your shot, see our “How to Frame your Shot” video at the link below.
So remember these key tips when you are filming a professional video on your smartphone.
Get your phone ready
Check your audio quality
Keep the camera steady
Check your lighting and positioning
Be mindful of how your shot if framed
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