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Videography for Beginners
Have you ever wondered how your favourite filmmakers create movies? Or how about having an idea for a video project, but not sure if your skills can do it justice? Here at Loud Crowd we have some basic tips for videography. Now, quiet on set please – we’re rolling in 3, 2, 1… ACTION!
switch from vertical to horizontal depending on what the subject matter calls for.
use a tripod to reduce shakiness
types of shots you want to capture while filming
Videography Tips for Beginners
Due to the many innovations in technology, everyone can become an amateur videographer without breaking the bank on costly equipment.
All smartphones have the ability to shoot video, and there are plenty of free software systems available for editing. It’s possible to film a movie whenever you want nowadays.
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This may seem simple, but many beginner videographers hold their phone exactly as they would when shooting still photos — and switch from vertical to horizontal depending on what the subject matter calls for.
However, with video, you cannot have a finished product that flips from portrait to the horizontal and back again. If you’re wondering why, consider this: how many movies have you seen in theatres that use a vertical shot?
For stable shots, use a tripod to reduce shakiness, although for moving shots, consider using a dolly, which is a small, wheeled platform meant for holding cameras while shooting
Consider making a list of the types of shots you want to capture while filming — include some moving shots, but keep in mind that too much movement can be a bad thing.
- Always film horizontally.
- Use a tripod or dolly for increased stability.
- Vary your shots, and remember that too much movement can be a bad thing.
- Give your people enough headspace.
- Ignore your photographer instincts (but only in some ways).