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5 Steps to Take Your Best Video

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Posted April 2022

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In 1835 William Horner, a British schoolmaster created the daedaleum. This was a basin lined with pictures that, when spun, would create the illusion of movement. This was the beginnings of the discovery of creating moving pictures, an interest and journey that would continue to grow over the next nearly 200 years. And as technology has grown we are now able to capture stunning video of important, interesting, funny and memorable moments in our lives. However, the question that many people wonder when beginning the quest of videography is, "how can I capture this moment or event in the best way?". In the interest of this question, we have collected 5 important skills and techniques that can be very useful in capturing your best video! 5 steps to taking your best video:

1. Planning

2. Lighting

3. How you take your footage

4. Film like an editor

5. Find the perfect camera!

 

 

 

 

 

Like most things in life, one of the most important skills you can learn to help you create your best video is planning. It is important for you to take some time to know what you want to film, where you want to film and why you want to film. It could also be a good idea to list out some key features you would like to have in your video, or even create some sketch boards to help visualize how you would like your video to look. This will give you guidance and direction to help you maintain your goals throughout your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another tip that is both simple and important is lighting. Though it can be very easy to overlook, especially if you are a hobbyist videographer, it is so important to have good lighting when you are filming your video. Lighting can set your mood, increase your audiences ability to understand your content and even help create greater interest in your end product. So when you begin filming, think about how you would like your video to be seen and what type of mood you would like to have. Look at your environment where you will be filming and change your lighting accordingly.

The third tip to remember with filing video is angle, perspective and cinematic techniques. I know what you are thinking, "this sounds like 3 tips, not one". However, they are all very similar. It's all about how you are shooting your footage. Where is your camera placed, whose perspective is the video supposed to be from and what type of ways are you shooting--these are called cinematic techniques. Some examples of cinematic techniques would be extreme long shot, bird's eye shot, close-up shot, etc. Adorama has a great article with some more info on these techniques and more here.

 

Number four for our tips and tricks for a great video is: film like an editor. When you are creating your video think about how you will want to splice and edit your video to get that perfect end product. If you need more of a specific shot, take it. If you need specific dialog, film it. Make sure you get all the content you need so that when you are editing you have everything already filmed and at your fingertips.

And most importantly find the right camera for the job! There are numerous options and we can help you find just the right fit for you and what you will be using it for. At My Camera Match we find the best camera for you! Looking for a specific budget, type and use? My Camera Match is the camera website for you! Just follow the trail on our website to your perfect camera. No need to enter in any personal information! We are the camera store with more!

 

 

 

So when beginning a Videography session, have fun, be creative and use some of these tips and tricks to help you create your best video! 

 

Have a good day guys!

 

-My Camera Match Crew

References:

 

13 Videography Tips for More Professional-Looking Videos. Adorama. Adorama.com. April 2021

14 Basic Cinematography Techniques for Better Cinematic Shots. Adorama. Adorama.com. April 2018

Timeline: The Complete History of  Video. Popular Mechanics. Popularmechanics.com

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