learn how to take better video on your phone
Most of us aren’t professional videographers, but we can all use video to capture the beauty of the open road or to tell our personal stories. We’ve put together five tips to help you on your way to taking better videos on your phone. We love hearing your stories, so don’t forget to share them with us as part of our My Crete Story project at CreteVideo@gmail.com or via Dropbox. You can also check out other’s stories at MyCreteStory.com.
Landscape Instead of Portrait
It’s a force of habit to hold your phone vertically, but when shooting video it’s important to hold your phone horizontally. Doing so will eliminate the two black, vertical bars on either side of your video. Not only does it make your video more pleasing to the eye, it makes it so your video can be played back on virtually any screen without a weird background or stretching of your video.
Watch the light
Try as much as possible to shoot your video in well-lit areas. This will help you avoid shadows, grainy video, or making it look like you are sitting in a black hole. On the flip side, make sure the camera isn’t pointed directly at the light source. This can cause your video to be overexposed. If you find yourself in a situation where your video is too bright or too dark, tilt your body or move to a location with better lighting.
Steady as She Goes
Phones are usually pretty small and lightweight, but they can be hard to keep steady resulting in video that is blurred or distorted. For short videos, you can use both hands and lock your elbows into your body. Your hands and arms can get fatigued if you are shooting a longer video. In those cases, we recommend stabilizing your phone with a smartphone tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, get creative! Use things around you such as tables, chairs, books, shelves, boxes or a dash to rest your phone.
Bad audio can ruin a great piece of video. Be sure to know where your built-in microphone is so you can shield it from wind and speak towards it. If possible, shoot your video in a quiet place without a lot of ambient noise. If you are speaking, speak clearly and loudly so your audio comes through.
When filming a testimonial or video message, nothing can change your video faster than a smile! It can instantly change a story from sad to happy.