- The manner in which you shoot video is generally the same, regardless of the equipment you have available.
Discuss different kinds of tripods. Situations when you would not use a tripod: When you’re covering a “breaking news” story and using a tripod would prohibit you from getting the story/video. (9/11, Neda Video, Virgina Tech, etc.) If you do not use a tripod, your viewer will be more distracted by the shakiness of your video and will not pay as much attention to your story.
Demonstrate Setting up an Interview Inferior: If the camera is higher than the subject, the subject must look up and appears to be inferior to the viewers. Superior: If the camera is lower than the subject, the person that you are interviewing must look down and is given unwarranted authority.
- Viewer should feel like they’re listening into a conversation, rather than being lectured.
* Also avoid shooting things straight up. For example, shoot a sign at an angel so it does not look so flat.
It’s always better to get closer to an object than to zoom, because the more you zoom, the shakier your video becomes -- especially when you’re using a handheld or point & shoot camera.
A Basic Guide to Shooting Video Society of Professional Journalists January 11, 2011