Tips to Shoot great video with your Smartphone or Tablet

Improve your smartphone videos

It’s easy to shoot video with a smartphone or tablet.
Here are a few tips to help you get great results!

  • Don’t hold it like a phone: Hold your phone horizontally (on its side). Use both hands to grip your phone: Keep your elbows close to your body and you’ll capture much smoother footage.
  • Don’t shoot from a low angle: For the best results shoot subjects from their eye level or slightly above. You’ll get more interesting shots of babies and kids by crouching down to their eye level rather than hovering above them.
  • The closer the camera is to the subject is generally better: Fill the frame with what you want to see. To keep things interesting, vary the camera angle. Get the wider shots that capture what is going on, but if possible try to get closer shots too.
  •  Recording audio using your phone’s microphone: Try to record somewhere quiet – e.g. with minimal background noise like traffic or neighbours mowing their lawn – and get as close to your subject as possible.
  • Lighting: Choose to shoot outside or in a well-lit area. It still pays to turn on lights before you start recording. Try to avoid backgrounds that are brighter than where your subject is.
  • Make sure your phone camera lens is clean: Cleaning the lens can make a big difference to your videos.
  • Recording: Tap the red ‘Record’ button at the bottom of the screen to start recording video. Tap the button again to stop recording.
  • Set your phone to HD recording: Check your phone’s video settings are set for HD (1920 x 1080) recording (please refer to your phone’s manual)
  • Have fun!

improve your videos

Advanced tip

  • Tap to focus: Tap on the screen once before you start shooting to focus. This helps set both the exposure and colour balance for your scene. You should set focus on the eyes.
  • Turn on ‘Airplane’ mode: so you don’t get interrupted while filming.
  • Stabilize your footage: If you’ve got the money, get a nice handheld stabilizer like the DJI Osmo Mobile. If you don’t have the money, find a flat, stable surface to place your phone on.

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