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Cellphone Photography: Using a Mobile Phone to Film


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participants learned how to use a mobile phone to film like a professional cameraperson. Emphasis was placed on composition, camera angles and movements to tell stories in creative ways. The presenter started with PowerPoint presentation that explained what frame, framing, and shot are. He showed how to compose shots with good head room and look room, and how to use different camera angles to tell a story. The presenter screened two of his students’ works (PSA and news story) that were shot entirely with a mobile camera and discussed the production techniques used to achieve the quality work. He also gave out handout that contained information presented in his Power Point presentation.

The presenter demonstrated how to hold mobile phone correctly and stand properly to shoot video professionally. Afterwards, each participant used their mobile phone cameras to practice different techniques that they learned, and the presenter critiqued each shot; participants got instant feedback on what is correct and/or wrong in the videos that they shot during the workshop. The participants had the opportunity to reshoot their shots until they got them right. These techniques helped participants shoot video shots that looked professional without spending a lot of money on expensive video camera.

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Cellphone Photography: Using a Mobile Phone to Film

  1. 1. + Using Mobile Phone to Film Like a Pro Olaniyi Areke College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD 20646, USA AFACCT ’19 Conference, Cecil College Session 3.7. Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:55 PM – 2:55 PM, Room No. D305
  2. 2. + FRAMING/ Composition What is a Frame? One still photographic image
  3. 3. + What is Framing?  Framing refers to the way a shot is composed, and the manner in which subjects and objects are surrounded ('framed') by the boundaries or perimeter of the film image.  Camera angles such as low-angle and high-angle shots contribute to the framing.  Framing also refers to panning or tilting movements of the camera to adjust to the character's movements and keep them onscreen, centered, and in the frame.
  4. 4. + What is a Shot? A shot is a series of still photographic images (or frames) that runs for an uninterrupted period of time. In other words, a shot is the moment that the camera starts rolling until the moment it stops.
  5. 5. + Head Room  Head room – The space between the top of the subject's head and the upper screen edge; compositional space above a subject’s head.
  6. 6. + Head Room  There cannot be too much space between the top of the head of a person and the upper screen edge.  No space between the top of the head of a person and the upper screen edge is not acceptable either.
  7. 7. + Three Basic Shots Close-up – a shot from the chest to top of the head of a person. Medium shot – a shot from the waist to top of the head of a person. Long Shot – a shot that shows the full body of a person from head to feet.
  8. 8. + Composition Extreme Close up – is the only shot that is acceptable to cut off part of a person’s head.
  9. 9. + Lead Room Lead room or Look room – The space left in front of a static or moving person toward the edge of the screen.