Most smartphones today have a built-in camera with the capability to record videos in high definition quality. Many photographers and professional video content creators use smartphones to shoot videos and television photos. We almost always have a smartphone with us, which allows us to quickly and spontaneously capture video content. You don’t need a large video camera to seize unexpected opportunities that present themselves. There are specialised apps for iOS and Android mobile devices that improve and extend the functionality of your video camera, to provide you with sophisticated editing and digital special effects. You can also save and upload your video to social media for distribution and viewing immediately. Entrepreneurial filmmaking has never been more accessible or more affordable than now. Although it is great to have video capabilities on smartphones, uploading a video using inadequate, or substandard video making technique could result in an inferior finished product. You don’t have to be a videographer, but following these essential tips and tricks will go a long way to shooting great videos with your smartphone, and your footage will look fantastic too.
Proper and adequate lighting will have a massive impact on your smartphone camera since they have small image sensors and lenses. Use as much natural lighting as you possibly can, as that will help to avoid shadowing and reduce grainy parts of your video. Furthermore, don’t point your camera directly at any bright light sources, as it will cause overexposed and unusable footage and excessive lens flare. The light should be as stable and steady as possible, as smartphones image sensors do not react well to dramatic fluctuations of light quickly enough. You can try to work with back-lighting along with white balance settings if your smartphone or app provides them. Smartphones generally offer touch focusing, for when your camera is focusing on an erroneous area of your video composition. The automatic exposure control system adjustments to the lighting conditions easier as it begins to change.
Keep it steady
Keeping your phone steady while filming reduces distorted, or blurred video footage. Use both your hands to hold the smartphone as close to your body as possible when you are recording the video. It may be a bit tiring with long shoots, and there are tools you can use to support your smartphone. You can use a stabiliser, tripod, or camera cages which help you keep your smartphone still when taking a video. You can also rest your smartphone on physical supports such as tables, chairs, or desks if you don’t have a tripod or stabiliser.
The importance of audio
Inferior audio quality can ruin an otherwise perfect video recording. You might want to add a new audio track in post-production while editing your video. The quality of the audio is equally important as the picture quality. The built-in microphone on most smartphones is woefully inadequate with low quality and incorrect positioning. You can easily pick up background noises like wind or environmental noise that could distort or render inaudible any sounds you are trying to record to accompany your picture video, especially while shooting video outside. It is strongly advisable to shoot the footage indoors, preferably in a quiet place whenever possible to pick up less ambient noise. Professionals shoot all sorts of commercial high-grade videos and films using a smartphone; however, their audio is almost entirely captured with separate recording devices suitable for such a job. To get exceptional quality videos with superior audio quality, you will need an external recording device. At the very least, use a directional microphone that connects and work with your mobile device.
Keep it as close as possible
Staying as physically close to your subject will ensure better image quality, limited digital noise, and a much better focus. Smartphones typically use a digital zoom rather than an optical zoom, so if you require super zoom close-ups, you can use individual clip-on microlenses which fit iPhone, and Android smartphones.
Hold your phone horizontally and use apps to improve quality
Do not make the common mistake of holding your phone vertically when shooting video. If you hold your phone horizontally while filming, when it is played back on other screens, it will look beautiful. There is more to video recording than the essential functions available on your phone’s camera. Third-party apps can be extremely intuitive, offer useful features for those new to video recording and content. There are quite a few useful free apps, if you invest in a couple of inexpensive apps, it can pay huge dividends.
Prepare for the shoot
Before you start to record your video, check that you have all the equipment you need. They may include your gear, props, scripts, the actors and the shooting locations. Ensure you have enough storage space and available memory to store your footage in high definition (HD) video files. These files can get quite large and may drain your battery quickly.
Producing Great Videos with your smartphone
If you make a checklist of the crucial things to remember before a video shoot with your smartphone, it will make your life a lot easier! Things like memory storage, your battery’s life, audio, resolution, and stabilisation should be on your checklist. Producing great video content can be entertaining, fun and even lucrative. Entrepreneurial-minded, prospective filmmakers can master the art of smartphone videography by following these tips. With practice, trial and error, you will start to see professional results in no time at all!