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Step 4: Filming techniques

Welcome back to Five Steps to Video Super Powers.  You're powering through!

Step 4 is all about maximising your filming efforts to ensure you record the best possible sound and pictures.

Don't forget when you've finished watching, to download the camera dude's Essential Shots Guide.

STEP 4 - Filming Techniques


Recording Sound

Good quality sound recording relies on a quiet environment!  If you're outside avoid traffic noise, construction work and planes.  Inside it's the low hum of appliance noise.

Always switch your phone to silent and do a test record for quality before committing to an entire recording or interview.

Most of all, have the confidence to re-start if interrupted.


I've already discussed the limitations of phones regarding light, so if you are relying on natural light, outside direct sunlight isn't kind on skin tones.  Instead find a shady spot for a more defused look.

Inside, you'll get better results by turning your subject towards natural light sources like windows to light up faces.

A soft light source will do the job, a three head light kit will add a more pleasing look and separate subject from background.



Most phones have a digital zoom which is really a no go as it simply reduces the quality of the image; instead if you want to get a closer or further away shot, move your feet.


Think Visual

Visual interest is key to keeping your audience engaged, so look for visually creative ways to tell your story.  This includes varying your shot size - close up, wide shot, long shot - as well as capturing action from different angles. 


Look for the composition of your images and what can you put in the front and background to play with perspective. 

Visually it's far more interesting NOT to put your subject centre of frame. Use the grid settings on the phone, to help remind you of the rule of thirds.


Framing and Background 

If people are the main subject of your video spend time working out your framing.  It's a balance between not being too close nor too far back (eg wide).  A good compromise is to get the person's head and shoulders in vision.

Obviously an extra person will need a different frame size; simply widen until there is a comfortable framing.

Background wise it should be relevant to either your business or subjectAnd always try aim for uncluttered and not distracting.

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