12 secrets to shoot great video


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Always shoot video with your digital camera or smart phone held horizontally, not vertically.
Click through this slideshow for more tips to help you get the best results from your videos.

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12 secrets to shoot great video

  1. 1. #12: Check memory and batteries. It is impossible to shoot great video if yourbattery dies or you run out of storage space.
  2. 2. #11: Adjust your device settings. Use the highest resolution your device offers.Be sure the device is not set to end the recording automatically after 10 or 20 seconds.Experiment with various settings for portraits, landscapes, night-time and action shots.
  3. 3. #10: Stabilize your device. Shaky footage is hard to watch. Rest your arm on astable surface to steady the camera. Or, if you plan to shoot a lot of video, invest in aportable tri-pod, mono-pod, or a mini tripod for your device.
  4. 4. #9: Plan ahead. Plan your shots before you record anything. For example, if youwant to capture the emotion on someone’s face, make sure the camera is closeenough to see the person’s eyes.
  5. 5. #8: Think about sequences. Wide establishing shots, close ups and reactions helpyou tell a story and keep your videos visually interesting.
  6. 6. #7: Let it roll. Record three to five seconds of extra footage before and after the realaction you want to capture. You will have more editing flexibility and you may capturesome great spontaneous moments.
  7. 7. #6: Move, don’t zoom. Zooming produces shakier video and poorer sound quality.Whenever possible, physically move the camera closer to your subject instead.
  8. 8. #5: Use available light. Unless you want a backlit effect, position yourself with thelight behind you so it illuminates your subject. Keep in mind that low light and brightsunlight make it harder to shoot good quality video.
  9. 9. #4: Shoot in landscape. Shooting video in portrait mode will produce blackletterbox frames on your 16:9 screen. It also lowers your video’s resolution.
  10. 10. #3: Don’t ignore sound. If you want to capture conversations or reducebackground noises, invest in a quality microphone. If you are recording video on yoursmart phone, try using a small external microphone for better results.
  11. 11. #2: Explore aperture, focus, and focal length settings. Explore how thesesettings affect your video. For example, use a low aperture setting for close-ups tomake faces stand out.
  12. 12. #1: Make mistakes. Don’t get frustrated or discouraged if your footage doesn’t comeout exactly the way you imagined it. Have fun with your video device and rememberthat the more you use it, the better your videos will be.