Recording Better Videos on Your Phone

If you have a smartphone, you have the ability to take great videos even though the screen is small. Use¬†your phone to record video on the road, impromptu interviews, documentary footage, or life on the road. Sometimes it’s not practical to have a large camera with you, so recording on your smartphone can work well for you.

  • Use landscape orientation and not portrait orientation while recording so that your video can be viewed on a widescreen monitor or¬†television. You’ll capture more in the actual video and it looks more natural.
  • Fill the frame with your subject, or place them slightly off-center to create a more visually interesting scene. You want the viewer to see what you want them to see, not wishing that they could zoom in all the time.
  • Do not overuse your flash. The flash on a smartphone (and cameras as well) tend to be bright and harsh. Try to find natural or artificial light sources that frame your subjects or highlight the areas you want everyone to see.
  • Avoid backlit-settings when interviewing people. The light behind them, or behind you if you are recording yourself, will light all the wrong things. The camera will compensate and dark areas will become darker. Find a light source that is off to the side.
  • Use time-lapse photography for interesting photos and video. Objects and events that would normally take hours, days, months, or years can be captured and then viewed later at a much faster speed, thanks to time-lapse photography techniques.
  • Try using different accessories to take photos and videos. You could get a bike mount, a tripod, or a telephoto lens. This will allow you to take your smartphone to the next level.
  • Everything from basic editing to adding transitions, titles, and effects is simple on both iOS and Android mobile phones. Mobile apps can streamline the video-editing process and help you create amazing videos.

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