With many mobile telephone handsets offering the ability to make videos, it is not difficult to get up and run when capturing moving images. Having said that, creatively shot videos require a bit of skill and, often, better equipment to shoot the video on in the first place. Pointing and shooting is all well and good but you wonât achieve really professional looking results by simply trying to capture what you see in front of you. Even a few simple techniques that you can apply in the heat of the moment will make all the difference when it comes to watching your videos back.
A minimal knowledge of your high-quality video recorder allows you to make your shots. Since the duration of your argument is limited to the duration of the music you chose (eg 5 minutes), recommends you make shots (sequences) of short duration (for example: 30 seconds per sample). Thus, your sequences may be numerous, allowing you to have a greater number of shots where you can select to have a better quality of filming.
A good tip is to shoot from an unusual angle. Holding your camera or phone in front of you whilst standing makes sense but it rarely makes for compelling viewing. Why not crouch down and shoot upwards? Alternatively, how about shooting from a side on angle so that you get a fresh perspective? Another good tip is to shoot from behind something in the foreground, perhaps some foliage, so that there is some depth to the shot which creates visual contrast.
One of the problems with phones and stills cameras that have a bit of video capture added on is that the video looks blocky and has low resolution when viewed. For video that you want to play back on a larger screen, always shoot using a high-quality video recorder such as a camcorder. Digital camcorders are as convenient to use as smart phones and often just as light to carry around. However, you will need to have sufficient memory to handle the larger files that higher quality equipment demands.
For a well framed shot made on camcorders, invest in a tripod so that when you move the shot the end result is not wobbly â a problem with handheld devices. If you plan to do a moving shot from side to side, a tripod will support and stabilize your camera. It will make your shot looking smooth, rather than swinging around wildly.
Another good tip for a creative shot is to take the camera out of auto-focus mode and deliberately put it out of focus. Now frame your shot and begin filming. Slowly bring the camera lens back into focus. This creative technique means that the viewer gets a ârevealâ when they are watching the video playback.