How to Shoot Video Like a Professional (Part III)


Position Lights for the Look You Want

Using television lights will provide your videos with a crisp look. However, good lighting entails more than blasting your subject with as much wattage as you can.

Understanding where to position lights makes all the difference in getting a natural effect instead of making folks look as though they’re about to have surgery.

Turn out all the lights in a room and use just your equipment to highlight what you desire.

Get professional results with these tips for your interview.

Compose Creative Interviews

At some point, you’ll want to take a video of someone talking into the camera. It could be a conversation or a sit-down news interview. Plan the interview shoot to get professional results.

Think about the background. If you’re speaking to someone about traffic in their community, show cars in the distance. If you’re interviewing a mom about the day her baby was born, put her in a cozy setting, close to a fireplace.

Then determine how tight you want to shoot the interview. There is the normal head-and-shoulders look, but you might want to interview a farmer on his tractor with some of the tractors in the shot. A very emotional interview has to be shot tight so that you can see into the individual’s eyes.

Capture Good Sound

Good audio is a critical complement to top-quality video. Without it, your video might be useless.

The two most typical mistakes inexperienced videographers make are to ignore recording audio and to not monitor the sound they’re receiving. Think about capturing just a silent video of a child’s birthday party. You might be able to see the other children laughing and singing, but without hearing it, the video is spoiled.

Becoming an amazing videographer isn’t too hard, though it does take some practice and time. Learning these vital techniques will go a long way toward launching you in your video career.


How to Shoot Video Like a Professional (Part II)


Avoid Useless Pans and Zooms

Using a camcorder for the first time has everyone desiring to hit the zoom button on each shot while panning across the horizon. The result can leave viewers unhappy.

If you’re recording an action scene, let the motion that’s occurring naturally lead your video. Stop yourself from putting in random pans and zooms, which take away from the action.

There are times to pan or zoom. At a sports event, professional videographers follow the action by following the play of the ball. That’s the incentive behind panning during a double play or tilting the camera up when a baseball player hits a fly ball. Let the action rule the opportune and infrequent times to use these methods. 

Obtain Good Results When Shooting Outdoors

You’d think outdoor videography would be simple since the sun delivers the lighting. But to obtain the best outdoor results, you have to scrutinize the position of the sun closely.

Shoot with the sun at your back. If you’re recording folks, they might complain about looking directly into the sunlight, but tell them that the shots you’ll get will be much better than if they were silhouetted against the sun.

Weather and time of day must also influence your shooting. Some sort of shooting will be best on an overcast day, while others will be improved by the “golden hour.” Sometimes you’ll have to postpone your outdoor shoots to wait for the proper conditions.

Pay attention to the lighting.

Prepare for Indoor Video Shooting

Disregarding lighting when shooting indoors can make your videos appear dark. That’s why indoor video shoots necessitate more preparation.

Adding lights is perfect. If that’s not feasible, examine the available lighting sources. If you’re shooting video of people, get lots of light in their faces. But don’t be misled by overhead lights. While they might be bright, they only light the tops of people’s heads, making their facial features shadowy.