In this series of articles on shooting better videos I wanted to address a few of the basic concepts that the home video editor can learn and apply to not only shoot better videos but to make the video editing process much easier. For the average person, simply keeping these points in mind and sticking generally to the rules and advice I have laid out should improve the … [Read more...] about Shooting Better Home Videos
A step by step guide on how to shoot better videos for the beginner or consumer level user.
Some basic tips designed to get you shooting better videos regardless of the camera or device you are using.
So rather than endlessly theorize on all of this "finding the story" in your video stuff, let's take look at a simple example: Let's say you are attending a children's birthday party that your child has been invited to. You want to get some video of the event and perhaps provide a copy to your child's grandparents. When you are there of course the "story" of the day is … [Read more...] about Finding the Story in Your Videos
The ability to edit what you shoot and have it come out making sense requires you to think about how your shots will be combined together before you take them. That doesn't mean that every single edit needs to be meticulously planned in advance, but it does require that you have a sense of what shots you'll need later when you sit down at the computer. In the spirit of … [Read more...] about Shooting Video for Editing
There is a style (if you can call it that) of shooting video that closely resembles a three year old watering the garden with a hose. I don't know if this "style" has a name or not but if you can imagine a three year old watering the garden with a hose... I think you would get the picture! One could argue that at the end of the exercise all (or most) parts of the garden … [Read more...] about Shooting Better Videos by Keeping it Steady
Camera shots are essentially defined and named by the degree of closeness there is in the shot to the subject of that shot. Rather than getting too crazy technical here let's just confine outselves to the four basic shots that are used and their purpose or effect on the viewer. As an exercise it would be a great idea to read through these explanations of the various shots … [Read more...] about Basic Range of Video Shots