Smartphones are shooting very good videos now. By following our advice, they will get better.
We all have a strong video camera in our pocket – the smartphone. And with a little practice and a few tricks, we can get great videos, from simple clips, to small movies just by using it. So, in an effort to help you get the best results in video capture with your smartphone, we ended up with nine simple tips. And though some of them may seem obvious, following all of them, you will achieve amazing results.
1. Side Landscape
Nothing more damages a good reception from the wrong camera stance. Wont we keep the smartphone upright, we often pull a video holding it vertically rather than in a horizontal position. The result: a small portion of the screen fills up and two huge black lines on both sides cover the rest when we see it on a normal screen (like TV).
It’s a common mistake for amateurs, but it can happen even more advanced. That’s why the first thing you need to remember is turning your phone to a side position when you go to capture videos. Unless you want to shoot a “upright” video.
After we have corrected this error, we proceed to “framing”. And with that we mean filling the smartphone screen with the theme we pull. If it is a person, you can put it slightly more to the right or left and not exactly to the center and it will make it much more interesting to download. Before pulling, move over and over to see where your topic looks best.
Another common mistake is to use zoom. There is nothing more ugly than the digital zoom of the smartphone cameras (one of the main points lagging behind the classic cameras). Digital zoom simply magnifies the image in retrospect, it does not change the focal length of the lens. The result is usually from bad to miserable so do not use it unless you have another solution. But know that the result will be bad.
The best thing is to get as close as possible to your subject, instead of zooming. The other solution is to use an accessory that adds extra zoom lens to your smartphone’s camera lens. Today there are many such, not expensive, and if you plan to shoot videos often, it is a good idea to invest in one (or more).
4. Flash (Flash)
The well-known comic hero, Fla Gordon, can be good and nice. The flash of the smartphone is the main culprit for a bad video. The simple little LEDs that have all the smartphones for flash can help in a photo, but in a video it usually damages colors (yellowish skin, red devil’s eyes and other comic strikes). The reason is that these LEDs are too bright and destroy the color response of a movie. And finally, the video, among other things, comes out and has been ignored.
The solution; Try to find a natural light source on your stage and take advantage of it. In fact, if you use it correctly (such as a neon light sign), you will achieve some very interesting lighting effects.
Something else to keep in mind as far as the lighting of your stage is backlighting. By that we mean the light sources behind your subject. For example, your subject is a person and behind it you have a strong light source (like the sun). Your eyes may be able to see the face, but the camera lens sees a dark (almost black) figure with a powerful light that produces a halo around it.
In this case, you need either to change the position so that the light does not fall against the camera, or use the flash or other possible light source to illuminate your subject and “break” the backlighting effect. This is the only case where flash can be useful. Although changing location is preferable.