There's a storyteller in all of us.
You could be using your cell phone or a DSLR, but getting that perfect shot for your story isn't always as easy as it sounds.
As a video editor, working with various skilled people, I've come across really good footage and really hard to fix footage. To help some of you, I decided to create a quick, straight-to-the-point list of 5 ways to shoot video for beginners.
- Tip 1: Slow & Steady:
The days of Blair Witch are over!
No one wants to see shaky footage and please don't think to yourself "you can fix it in post" because that's not always the case. Learning the correct way to hold a camera will be very beneficial for you now and in the future.
Use a tripod, a monopod, a selfie stick or set your camera on a steady and stable platform to get that perfect shot!. Most modern day cameras have image stabilization, make sure you use it.
- Tip 2: Shoot Various Angles:
Wide Angle, medium angle and close ups are important shots to get, don't zoom in and out.
Gather various angles and if you want to have some fun, you can even use a drone to get sweeping shots from above. There are a ton of ways to get various angles, use your imagination.
- Tip 3: Use a Microphone:
This really depends on what you are shooting. Say you are shooting an interview, make sure you have a lavaliere and an external microphone.
In my experience, it's always better to have too many than not enough. Do not rely on only one source for your audio because something can always go wrong at any given point. Be prepared.
- Tip 4: Don't Forget B-Roll:
What is B-Roll? It's extra shots to fill and create your story in post production. B-Roll can be a shot of landscape (to establish plot), cars passing by, people walking in the street, birds flying.
Look at what you are shooting, and make a list of other shots that would complement your story (think of the end result) and shoot them. Don't forget to send these to your editor when you are ready for post production.
- Tip 5: Lighting:
This may slip your mind from time to time, but if you are shooting an interview or a film - you want to invest in some studio lights, I bought a pair off Amazon to shoot YouTube videos and they are worth it. Traditional lighting setups consist of a 3-point lighting system.
The best way to learn is by doing. Grab some lights, grab some friends and start shooting.
Pro Tip: Hiring an editor is a great way to convey your story across to your audience. If you love videography, you may not enjoy editing as much. Video editing is what I love the most.
Creating a story out of a bunch of various shots. Mixing it with music, throwing in some text and extra elements to grab the audience's attention and create something beautiful, meaningful and worth watching.
Why do you create? is it to inspire others? I'd love to hear about your story