PRO TIP 1 – KEEP IT STEADY EDDY
Nothing says amateur more than a wobbly video. Anything from a simple selfie stick to a gimbal will give your video a more polished looks.
Avoid hand-held shakes by keeping your camera still. You can get budget or pro tripods for this kind of thing, but a pile of books will do the job just as well.
PRO TIP 2 – AUDIO
Whilst audiences have become more tolerant of amateur video, what they won’t tolerate bad sound.
Smart phone mics have their limits and you’ll have to get pretty close to be heard, about a metre.
You might want to consider investing in a plug in directional mic or a lapel mic to make yourself heard.
PRO TIP 3 – RECORDING SOUND
When you’re ready to record, chose a location that is as quiet as possible and try to avoid noises like flight paths, construction sites or heavy traffic. Or if you’re indoors the low h um of appliances like air conditioning.
Switch off your phone and you’re ready to record.
If there’s a sudden noise or bang when you’re recording have the confidence to stop and start again. It’ll be worth it.
PRO TIP 4 LIGHTING
If the subject of your video is a person – whether that’s yourself or someone else, then the audience really need to be able to see them clearly, so think carefully about your lighting.
Natural light sources are your friend. Outside sun light can be really harsh on skin tones so look for a shady spot or if you’re inside turn the subject of your video towards the natural source of light, such as a window.
And if you’re going to be recording video regularly you might want to up the ante and consider investing in a soft light kit. Something as simple as this LED phone case can really make quite a difference
PRO TIP 5 – FRAMING
When it comes to framing its really important to strike a balance – not too close and not too wide. If you’re filming a single person in vision put their heads and shoulder in frame and if two people widen the frame so you have comfortably got both in vision.
When it comes to background, make it relevant to what you’re talking about or your business. Make it visual too but without it being too distracting.
So there you have it, my pro tips to better smart phone video. Stop making excuses and start shooting like a pro!