TIPS FOR SHOOTING YOUR FIRST VIDEO
DON’T SKIMP ON YOUR TRIPOD
If it is only one thing that you take away from this article, it is buy the best quality tripod that you can afford.
A tripod of quality is bought in two parts – the head and the legs – and these can be bought separately.
You want the legs to support at least twice the load that you are planning on using.
For the head, you want it to be fluid enough to allow you to tilt and pan around.
A decent tripod will save you from the textbook error “shaky cam” and ultimately, save you money buying repeated cheap tripods.
One of the most classic mistakes that beginners make is the dreaded zoom.
We would advise you to watch as many professionally made films and videos as possible and see the techniques that they use.
You will probably discover that zoom is a technique that is rarely used by the professionals, so we would recommend using it very sparingly in your film.The same goes for panning.
The chances are that you are actually only using this feature, like you are using the zoom, because the button is there and you want to use it!
Once more, we should advise the use of caution with panning as it is the one thing guaranteed to make your video look amateurish. However, if you are going to use it then at the very least, learn to do it properly.
The best tip we can give you here is to do it slowly. Really slowly, a lot slower than your instincts will be probably telling you to do.
If you are shooting an interview, it might be tempting just to make it yourself and the interviewee.
But think, how many professional interviews have you seen where the interviewee simply talks into the screen and answers questions to a disembodied voice off camera?
So, our first tip would be to get an interviewer for the job, instead of trying to do it all yourself.
You do not want to be filming at a great distance, so remember to go for the close up. You also do not want to be filming your subject looking straight into the camera, but looking at the interviewer who is speaking to them.
In addition, remember to shoot some single shots of the subject talking and the interviewer listening, to intersperse in the interview.
FRAME IT RIGHT
When you shoot your first video, you might watch it back on your TV only to realize that half of everyone’s head is cut off.
However, that is not the way that you shot it.
This is because the television screen will slash the top, sides and bottom of everything you shoot by about 10%. So, make sure that you allow for this when you start filming.
Bear in mind, the camera you are using will affect the amount of headroom that you need, so check it out, from all angles, on the TV screen before you start.