Creating a new video can be a big deal. You are showing your vision to the world, in a way that is completely different from any other medium available. Whether you are shooting an advertisement, creating a short story, or just capturing an important moment in your life, you want to make sure that you are getting the perfect shot. Here are 10 video production tips to make better videos, whether you are a professional or just starting out.
1) Practice with your camera
Before you get started on your first masterpiece, make sure to experiment with the camera a little bit. If you have never used this particular camera in the past, you need to learn how it works and what all the buttons do. Get out the manual and learn where everything is. Practicing setting up scenes and working with different angles, distances, and lights. This may take a bit, but the more practice you do, the better your final product will become.
2) Move close to subject
While zooming in is a possibility, you aren’t going to get the same effect when doing this. If you want to be close to your subject, move yourself, and your equipment, closer. The sound will work better this way, you won’t have to worry about the shot coming in grainy or missing out on other things because you are zoomed in so much, and the shot is just going to look a lot nicer than when you use a zoom. Try to get as close as possible without interfering with the scene at hand.
3) Control the lens manually
Don’t rely on the auto-exposure and the auto-focus on your camera. While these might seem like nice additions that save you time, when you go back and watch the video, you will notice that things don’t always work the way that you want. These auto-correctors don’t know what should be a focal point in the shot, they won’t look at the entire picture for exposure (most of they time they just average it out), and your video will look horrible.
When you take over, you get to decide what focus and what exposure is best. Do you want the background to kind of fade out and the main character to get all the lighting? You can do this. Do you want the focal point to be some flowers on a table to the side of the shot? You can do this. While controlling the lens manually might take a bit more time, it is the best way to ensure you get quality videos each time.