Spotlight on: Better Smartphone Videography

By Charlie Crabb · October 14, 2015

What’s the best camera you can have? The one that’s on you.

And more often than not , it’s in your phone. Smartphones are quickly becoming a viable option for shooting high quality video, but if you pull it out of your pocket and start recording right away, chances are you’re not getting the results you’re looking for. With that in mind, here a few quick tips for shooting better footage with any smartphone.

Don’t Shoot Vertically

Just don’t. It’s an awkward viewing experience and limits what you can fit into your frame. Shoot horizontally.

Prop it up or add weight

Most of us have incredibly shaky hands, so to keep a smooth, consistent shot, use a tripod or prop your phone on a flat surface. If you’re on the move, use a selfie stick. It’s true they are super dorky, but the added weight, though small, can help absorb camera shake caused by even the shakiest of hands. Just make sure you’re not in the Louvre before whipping one out.

Avoid Zooming In

When you zoom in with a smartphone, it’s not using optical magnification, it’s just blowing up pixels, meaning you’re losing resolution. The more you zoom, the duller your video will become. Instead, move closer to your subject.


Lighting

Smartphones are not great in low-light situations. Always try to shoot in a well-lit room, particularly with natural light diffused by large windows. Your subject will be evenly lit and you’ll avoid harsh shadows.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to becoming a better shooter. You don’t need an expensive camera to shoot great videos. You just need a little know how.

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