It’s time for Part 3 of our Beginner Videography series! If you’re joining us halfway, feel free to check out our previous instalments on Shot Types and Equipment. This week, we’ll be giving you beginner videographers some top tips for shoots that will help with planning and the filming process. Let’s get going!
Beginner Videography: Tips For Shoots
Without further ado, let’s get started with our beginner videography tips for shoots!
Smartphone Filming: Go Horizontal
Smartphones are becoming evermore popular, as most of us have one on us at all times. They can be a great way to practice your videography and filming techniques before upgrading to a DSLR or camcorder.
When filming on your smartphone, it can be easy to fall into the way in which you may take a photo. We all usually change from horizontal to vertical depending on the situation. However, your footage can’t flip and change orientation throughout. Also, depending on where you are planning on publishing your video, filming vertically may cause you issues when posting.
Create A Shot List
Now that you’ve hopefully got some basic shots down from our Shot Types article, it’s time to be strategic. Planning your beginner videography shots before the shoot itself allows you to think about what shot will suit the scene. It helps with organization, ensures your project has variety and heightens moments you wish to exaggerate or spotlight. That’s not to say that you should be changing shot types for every other frame. Just remember that there is more out there than just leaving the camera on a tripod!
Set Up Your Shots
If you are filming people, the composition and framing of your shot will make a ton of difference. You need to give the subject enough head space and make sure the balance is right visually. The last thing you want is to look back on your footage and see that your actor’s head is cut off in the shot! Stick to the Rule of Thirds, and be sure to check out the section on Framing & Composition in our article.
Finally, make sure to get your camera settings right first. It will drastically alter your footage if you switch your aperture or shutter speed midway through your footage, which would look super strange!
Our last time is to keep editing in the back of your mind whilst shooting. Don’t overthink or over plan, as it’s always best to shoot now and edit later. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep certain transitions or edits that you want to achieve in the back of your mind. Be sure to get various different shots and takes so that you can try out some cool edits later.
Our next installment will be on editing also, so stay tuned for more tips next week!
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