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Smartphone Video Production Tips (w/ Infographic)

November 16, 2017

Not all businesses have the budget to buy professional gear to make videos, but nearly everyone has access to a smartphone. As technology has progressed, smartphones have become a powerful multi-tool with the ability to record, edit and share incredible footage that you can harness for your business.

 

But just because the technology is at your fingertips, it doesn't mean your video will look good. That's why we've compiled some essential tips that will help you make the best videos possible with your smartphone.

 

Check out the infographic below, and scroll down for a more detailed description of each tip.

 

 

 

Tip #1

Having the perfect lighting setting will bring out the best out of your videos. You need to have two lights on the front (to light up the face of the subject from each side) and one light on the back, facing the background (to get rid of the shadows from the front lighting). If you don’t have the budget for professional lightning, here’s adjecent lighting kit from Home Depot, you can also find some great video lighting kits at Amazon.

 

Tip #2

Landscape mode is the best way to shoot videos, remember that both your TV and your computer sit horizontally.

 

Tip #3

If you don’t want to retake the same scene again and again, turn on the airplane mode, this way you won’t be interrupted by calls in between your shooting.

 

Tip #4

Always remember to have your smartphone connected to a power source (external battery packs come handy).

 

Tip #5

It’s true, the newest smartphones have great image stabilization, but there’s nothing as good as a tripod for stabilization. Buy a tripod to make your videos look more professional, or you can buy the phone grip.

 

Tip #6

Adjust the exposure settings on your phone before you start filming, your smartphone tends to keep adjusting and refocusing, so adjust it beforehand to help you keep the focus and the exposure constant throughout the whole shoot.

 

 

Sources

Lavinge, C. (n.d.). Shooting Video with an iPhone. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from https://wistia.com/library/shooting-video-with-an-iphone

Miguel, R. M. (2016, February 25). 10 iPhone Video Recording Tips from the Pros. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from http://www.toolsandapplications.com/iphone-video-recording-tips/

 

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