Even if you’re not a professional videographer, you can still shoot great videos. And it doesn’t have to be confined to a studio, either! Follow this easy guide and you, too, can be recording great videos anywhere.
Step 1: Be Prepared
One of the most common pitfalls of anyone trying to shoot a video is lack of preparation. If you forget any of the tools or props you need to make your video happen, it’s only going to lead to a lot of frustration and a low-quality video. Make sure to create a checklist of all your must-haves for your video shoot and check and double-check it before you head out to make movie magic!
Step 2: Set Up Your Tripod
Once you’ve made it to your video shoot’s location, be sure to make use of your tripod. Without a tripod, your video is much more likely to be shaky, which can be very distracting for your audience. It can even take away from the performance you are trying to capture.
If you don’t have a tripod yet, choose a high-quality one that won’t blow over in the wind and locks your device securely into place. One of the many benefits of the new NexStar Training System, for example, is that it can lock itself into the ground so it will never be blown over. The NexStar also has the added benefit of letting you record with your iPad in place of using a camcorder.
Step 3: Avoid Backlighting
This simply means to make sure the lighting in your shot is not behind the subject of your video. For example, if you are shooting your video outside, keep the sun behind the camera. Too much direct light can cause the exposure to be out of balance, washing out the image. Avoiding back light to make sure the shot won’t be too dark for your camera to capture everything in your video, resulting in a better recording.
Step 4: Frame Your Shot
Generally, you don’t want to place the subject of your video (whether that’s a person, place or thing) in the very center of the shot. Photographers and videographers instead opt for the rule of thirds. This means that when shooting, you have to imagine your shot is divided into thirds so that you place the subject of your video along one of these lines. This usually means your subject will be placed to the right or left of the center of your shot. If you follow this rule, your video will be much easier for your audience to watch – and they might even mistake you for a pro!
Step 5: Record!
Now that your shot is ready to go, hit record! However, remember not to pan or zoom too much while shooting your video. This usually results in a lower-quality, unstable shot that isn’t fun to watch. Move or zoom your camera to fit exactly what you want it to record before you start filming. Remembering this tip will give you a better shot that results in a great video you’ll be proud to show off!