How to Make Videos with your PhoneMay 10, 2020
- The number one question I get when it comes to making
videosis what kind of equipment do I use. Well the reality is in some of my
videosI use very high quality cameras I have a good background great lighting all the bells and whistles like in this video up here but today as you can see I am shooting with my iPhone and sometimes I film with my computer. It doesn't take much, and if you want to start making professional looking videos for
yourbusiness or if you want to start vlogging or just want to look really good on
yourlive streams, there are some quick tips to get all your videos on all platforms look great. and professional.
So I'm going to break down those tips today and get you started as soon as possible. This is the number one rule for shooting with your
phone. Always shoot in landscape mode, not portrait mode because these black bars on the side don't look good. It doesn't look professional and nobody likes vertical video. So
makesure you always flip it so it's in landscape mode. Another big key is stability. You don't want shaky video, it just doesn't look right. So you can use both hands, that's the easiest way to do it. Another quick fix is to use your trusty selfie stick.
So you can use it to keep your camera steady and film while on the go. And of course, using a tripod is always a safe bet. It keeps it stable, it's really easy and you can find them really cheap online. Actually, there are also many that are specific to
phones. For my personal use, I have this tripod at home and I have my selfie stick. So I took the top off the selfie stick, attached it to the tripod attachment, mounted it here, and voila. That is also a very easy solution to
makesure your camera is shake free and you have stable videos.
When it comes to lighting, there's only one simple rule to follow: face the light. Yes, you can go out and get a really good lighting kit, and there are some very affordable options online, which I'll probably do another video about, but when you're just starting out, all you need to know is that natural light is your friend. . So find a light source in your house and face the light because when you have the light behind you it casts a weird shadow and you look very dark and it just doesn't look like great quality video. So make sure you are facing the light and you will have a natural glow.
When it comes to audio, it's pretty simple: close the windows, lock the doors, find a really quiet space with very little background noise, and also, if you're uploading your videos to YouTube, make sure there's no music or TV on. . the bottom. One because it's distracting, but also because you may run into some copyright issues. If you're looking to invest in a microphone, I'll probably do another video on different types of microphones, but for now, a quick tip, I use the Rode Record smartLav. It is of great quality. I think I saw it for around $80 on Amazon recently, very cheap, and you control the levels directly through an app on your phone.
Very easy to use, I'll put a link below so you can find it and buy it if you want one. When it comes to setting up, just keep it simple. I know this is an area where people tend to overcomplicate things, myself included. But what I found is that once I made it really simple and started shooting from my apartment, it made my life so much easier. There are some cases where you'll want to have a more complex setting, but for the most part to post videos quickly, just shoot from a place you can use often that has great lighting and has a very simple background because you want people to be focused. in what you say, not in what happens around you.
So that's really all you need to get started. Yes, you can invest in lighting and audio equipment in the future, but if you just want to start making videos and spread your message, then this is all you need to use, and you just need to keep it simple. And be sure to send me your videos when you start making them, I'd love to see them. And if you like this video and found it useful, please share it with your friends. Hit the like button below and be sure to subscribe because I post new marketing videos and social media tips every Tuesday.
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