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Thursday, 5 June 2014

video shooting tricks

Tips for engaging movies
1) Go light on the zoom. Overuse of zoom is a common problem, and can result in video that looks amateurish, or even worse, can make people dizzy. If you need to zoom in and out, take it slow and steady, and don't zoom out again too soon. And you may want to avoid the use of digital zoom — it's pretty much only good for giving you a closeup of some dancing pixels. While optical zoom won't get you as close to your subject, you'll appreciate the higher video quality when you review your recordings.
2) Frame your shots well. Fill the frame with your subject, and don't be afraid to place him or her slightly off-center. For example, when filming kids at the pool, it tends to be more visually interesting to capture the children talking, laughing, or diving a bit to the left or right of center.
Frame your shot Framing your subject off to one side lets you capture more of the environment and atmosphere in your shot.
Frame your shot
3) Use wide shots sparingly. You may want to rely on a wide sweeping shot of the setting to establish location, but after that, get a little more specific. Focusing on small details, like red lanterns hung on a Chinatown street or a single sun-bleached boat on a tropical beach, can do more to convey atmosphere than wide, general shots of a busy street or a long stretch of beach.
4) Shoot from several different vantage points. Recording an entire Little League game from the bleachers could be a bit dull to watch later. Footage captured from beside first base, the top of the bleachers, and the dugout can result in a much more interesting mix of shots, and can heighten the drama of important moments. Also, use the most effective shooting angle: kneel down to get on the same level as your subject, when appropriate, or climb up high to survey a scene.
vantage points Being on the same level as your subject, especially children, creates a much different effect than towering above them while recording.
5) Avoid backlighting. Just because we can see people's faces when they're backlit doesn't mean the camera can. Too often, backlit shots result in uncomfortably bright light haloing a dark figure with no visible features so you miss out on the great facial expressions of loved ones. You can improve a backlit situation by moving to one side or another. Some camcorders even have a feature that lets you reduce the effects of backlighting.
Avoid backlighting Backlighting makes a big difference in the appearance and tone of your recording.
Avoid backlighting
6) Unless you plan on editing, record only the important moments. If you're going to edit your footage, go ahead and record every single second of your cousin's wedding. If not, then remember that footage of the DJ testing the mike or of waiters going in and out of the kitchen may have historical merit, but offer little viewing enjoyment.
7) If you have a widescreen TV, record in widescreen. Many of today's digital camcorders offer a 16:9 widescreen recording mode. This lets you record footage that matches a widescreen TV, without stretching or distorting the picture. You may want to take advantage of this option if you have an HDTV at home. (However, if you're recording footage to send to fond grandparents who still have their trusty RCA from the 70's, you may want to switch back to the standard screen shape.)
standard Shooting video that matches your widescreen TV allows you to capture more of the action.
8) Don't overuse special effects. It's cool that you can "solarize" your footage or make it sepia-toned, or try any number of other fun recording settings. But steer clear of the fun features when you're filming important scenes. After all, if you decide later that part of the video really should have been shot in black-and-white, there's easy-to-use movie editing software (sometimes free with a computer) that'll let you make that change. Record the wedding in full color and then test out effects later on. This way, you'll be able to preserve your original footage while you experiment with artistic effects and edits.
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