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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Tropp

Better Smartphone Videos

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

How to make great phone videos

Some tips to make your videos better when using a smartphone or tablet. When you shoot videos on your phone its important to do everything you can to make it as professional as possible. There are so many settings that may require a videography lesson however here are some tips to make your videos better.

1.Back Camera (better quality). Using the selfie camera in most cases is a lower quality camera. The main camera on the back of your phone is recommended for higher quality. *

2. Good Lighting is Critical: Proper lighting has a huge impact on smartphone cameras because they have smaller image sensors and lenses. Try as much as possible to shoot your video in brightly lit areas. This will help avoid unnecessary shadows and grainy areas in your video. Conversely, you also must be careful not to point the camera directly at bright light sources, which will cause unusable overexposed footage and lens flaring. Lighting should be stable and steady; the image sensors in most smartphones do not react to dramatic changes in lighting very quickly. If the light is still making it tough to shoot your video try working with back-lighting and white balance settings if your phone or app provides them. Most phones also offer “touch focusing” in the event your camera is focusing on the wrong area of your composition. After setting the focus on the most important aspect of the video, the automatic exposure control will have an easier time making small adjustments if the lighting condition begins to change.

3. Tripod/Stablizer: This is self explanatory. You should know how important it is to have a stable image when shooting video. NUFF SAID!!!

4. Frames per second FPS: When shooting action sports like skateboarding or a hummingbird fly you should use at least 60 FPS. This allows you to use slow motion features during the editing process so the quality of the video is still good. If your shooting a person cooking or vlogging a lower FPS is okay as your not relying on the quality in slow motion.

5. Filters It is not recommended to use filters as it reduces the quality of your video. *

6. Landscape: Nothing ruins great footage like having two black vertical bars along both sides of your video. To avoid this amateur mistake, make sure to use landscape orientation and not portrait orientation while recording - or invest in a smartphone like the Motorola Moto One Action that automatically records in landscape even if you hold your phone in portrait.

Not only does landscape make your video seem more aesthetically pleasing in general, it'll also make it more enjoyable to watch when viewed on a widescreen or television. Plus, you'll capture more in the actual video.

So just remember: never hold your phone vertically while recording, unless you really like or want those vertical black bars included (or if you're recording purely for something like Instagram Stories). *

SO....To Sum it up. You do not need a professional videographer to create professional looking videos. If your looking for someone to shoot your content, can certainly help. (yes..another plug).. Cheers!

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