Streaming and video platforms such as YouTube have been in quite a boom since they first came about in the early 2000s. What was once a simple site that you could upload clips and AMVs to is now a site that hosts partnerships, plenty of advertising revenue, and multiple niches a person can work their way into?
But what about the video quality? Well, cameras have come a long way since 2010 at least, and therefore everything should look good, right?
Wrong. A lot of the time people don’t know how to shoot a video accurately, and as a result, don’t take as much pride in their work. Here are a few tips on how you can line up a shoot as precisely as possible when it comes to your cinematography.
It’s all well and good using your phone to record something while it’s perched against a computer screen, but what about when you’re out and about and need a higher range? Invest in a tripod or two.
These keep cameras stable and secure and can easily manoeuvre while maintaining height and focus the same. No clicking here!
Test Out Your Camera
There’s no use in using a camera you don’t know. Test out all the little buttons on the front and sides to see their functions and get to grips with how to incorporate its setup into your shoot.
Take it for a spin in a test video, or just try your hand at vlogging while you’re on your way to work or back home.
Have Plenty of Lighting
You need lighting to be able to see first of all, but you also need it to highlight and sculpt and expose specific parts of a video while keeping others hidden. It’s excellent for symbolism as well if you’re so inclined.
Lighting is such a crucial step that a lot of people miss out on. Outdoor shooting always looks good when the sun’s out, and usually when it’s raining as well due to the more graphic sky elements.
Find Someone Who Can Help
Usually, this is a family member or friend who has a little more experience, but don’t worry if you don’t have those.
Look online for people willing to jump in on a project. If you’re in need of a smaller company that has a professional or two to come in and sort the cables from the cameras, try using a film production company directory and hiring a service. Not all of us have a friend who’s nifty with videos, and therefore outside aid is our only way through.
There’s a lot of steps in perfecting your video making skills, and of course, the editing section is going to take a lot of practice and is probably the most challenging part, but it’s all worth it in the end. You’ll have a video project you can be proud of, and something professional to upload to the internet for exposure purposes. It’s great for business!