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We don't always know it, but we all have a camera in our pocket or bag. Your smartphone! Today's image quality is excellent and far superior to semi-professional cameras.
7 points to keep in mind
We easily tend to film with our smartphone vertically.
Take the reflex to switch your phone to landscape format to shoot images in 16/9 aspect ratio.
In this way, we will keep consistency on all of your images, this will facilitate editing and the result will be more aesthetic.
Shot size & camera angle
This is a very important point and will make all the quality of the video. Here is a quick illustration to show you the different shot values.
In other words, shot size refers to the distance from which you film or take pictures.
For us, shots to establish a situation, medium close-ups and close-ups (on faces, hands and artistic pieces) are preferred. Do not hesitate to film a situation from different camera angles.
Composition of the picture
Another important point of framing in video and photography is the rule of thirds, to make good composition of image. The subject will be emphasized if it is in a third of the frame, to the left or to the right. To help you, you can activate the grid in the video settings of your smartphone.
Stability & Duration
When filming with your smartphone, avoid moving as much as possible. The smartphone is a flat object that is difficult to hold stable. Choose fixed shots, hold your phone with both hands and place your elbows against your body for more stability.
The duration of the shots you shoot is also important. Make shots with a minimum duration of 5 seconds. If they are shorter, the images are more difficult to treat afterwords
Focus and light
On a smartphone, the autofocuses are generally quite powerful. The depth of field is shallow. This means that when you focus on something, the background will be blur. But you can choose to focus by tapping the screen where you want the focus to be.
Light is also an important point. Again, your smartphone automatically adjusts the light. It's generally good quality but you can still adjust the exposure, especially in a dark place. Also avoid backlighting, for example by filming in front of a window.
The sound environment
Monitor the sound environment in which you are filming. With a smartphone, do not hesitate to be close to your subject, in case of interviews or speeches. The smartphone microphone is of good quality but it tends to pick up surrounding sounds. Eventually, you can also use directional microphones that you can plug into the phone
Storage and battery
It's an oversight that can easily be made! Before filming, you must check the storage on your phone. Video can take a lot of memory on your phone. It is therefore also important to delete the videos that you do not find satisfactory. You can select the images that you think deserve to be in a video for the project.
In the same way, check the battery level of your phone. Video consumes your battery faster. It is also important to keep in mind that too many videos and pictures is also polluting.
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