a bad story shot on a $50,000 camera. Remember that there are two components to your video: #1 is sound and #2 is visuals.
- Always shoot horizontal, never vertical.
- Keep the phone steady. Whether you choose to lock it down, lean it against a book, put it on a tripod or tape it to something, always look for ways to avoid shooting shaky video.
- Keep your light source in front of you. Lighting is important when shooting with any camera. If you’re just starting out, then your light source (window, desk lamp, sun, etc) should always be in front of you — unless you’re going for the FBI most wanted silhouette look.
- Film your interview first. Then listen for what is being talked about. If your subject talks about a process, film someone going through that process. Did they talk about a building? Film that building. Did they recount an experience? Figure out how to capture that experience on film. These clips are called B-roll and will make your video much more interesting to watch.
Okay! I filmed the footage that I want to use in my video. What is the best way to edit it and export it quickly?
Remember: It doesn’t have to be an award-winning 15-minute documentary you flew half way around the world to film (although those are a lot of fun to make!). Keep it simple. Keep it short. Especially the first time out of the box.
Pascal Depuhl is a Miami-based commercial photographer with 20+ years experience creating still images and videos for his clients. Footage from his 2012 award-winning short documentary On Wings of Hope has aired on National Geographic and the BBC, and his work has been screened at film festivals and won national and international awards. You can watch his TEDx talk called The Art of Changing Minds and check out his recent presentation at WordCamp Miami on how bloggers can step up their videos. Pascal blogs regularly about his work creating visual content for a variety of clients at blog.depuhl.com.
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