How to Shoot Video Like a Professional (Part I)


Regardless if you hope to become a media videographer or only want to understand how to shoot professional-looking videos, you have to have more than good equipment. Learning many basic video tips will help with the frustration of numerous videographers’ experience. Before long, the normal tricks will become so customary that you’ll be able to focus on creativity and not just the fundamentals.

You can use a tripod to shoot a steady video.

Shoot Steady Video

A tripod is a simple answer to creating a steady video but avoid becoming reliant on it. You can shoot steady videos without carrying around a lot of gear.

Get your body in position so that each breath you take doesn’t lead to unnecessary camera motion. Use the wall, ground, or another object to support the camera and get thought-provoking visual perspectives. By ditching the tripod, you get the freedom to move around a scene without being stuck in one spot.

Create Creative Shots

If you don’t want your videos to appear as they came from a surveillance camera, you’ve got to know how to play with perspective and angles. Creating interesting videos entails learning creative shooting methods.

A beginner usually shoots everything away from the action or from the corner of a room. By putting yourself in the middle of what’s going on, you will get pics that aren’t achievable from a distance. Try different angles by shooting below and above your subjects.

Practice Widescreen Videos

With the dominance of smartphone cameras, even home videos are moving toward widescreen formats. Think of how you can make this extra visual space work for you.

You can get much more content in a single shot. Don’t forget that widescreen video doesn’t mean shooting every wide shot. Television is still a profound medium. Close-ups of faces will display more emotion than a group shot.

Tips on Creating a Video Resume (Part III)


Know your audience: As you plan your filming location and script, think about who will watch the video, and calibrate accordingly. A video made for a position at a bank many differ from a video made for a position at a start-up.

Show, don’t tell: Use visuals to show what you’re saying in the video script and display your skills and talents. For example, if you’re applying for a position where presentations are a big part of the job, you can film yourself making a PowerPoint. Or, if any of your presentations were recorded, use that film in your video resume.

Keep it brief: Videos should be between 30 to 90 seconds. If it is longer than that, it probably won’t be watched.

Share with friends and family: Getting criticism from others is a vital step. Ask a few folks to watch your video and make changes and edits based on their comments. Always bear in mind that once your video is on the web, you no longer have power over who sees it or how it’s shared. Seriously take feedback from family and friends.

If you don’t want your future employers looking at your social media profiles, then don’t link to them in your articles. 

Video Resume Don’ts

Don’t mix your professional life with your personal one. If you have info on your Twitter or Facebook page that you don’t want employers to see, don’t link your video resume to any of your social media pages.

Don’t use your video resume to replace your standard resume. Not all employers care about a video resume, and others are nervous about discrimination issues, like hiring individuals based on how they look and sound instead of their qualifications. Though, a well-made video can heighten your candidacy for employment.

In today’s highly competitive job market, making the right video resume to go along with your traditional resume can make you stand out from the crowd. The wrong one, however, can make you a joke.