Monday, May 29, 2017

Smartphone Videos: 3 Common Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Smartphone videos are everywhere these days. I admit, before I owned an iPhone, I was a bit of a video snob and disparaged videos created on them. Now that I have one, I’ve changed my mind. I’m pretty darned impressed with some of the videos I see made on them. I even have to admit that I actually use my cell phone more often to shoot a video or take a photograph than I do to call or text.

Even though iPhone videos can be stunning, I still see a lot of bad smartphone video out there. There are a lot of people doing some basic mistakes and not getting the results they want.

Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when shooting a video on your iPhone:

Don’t Use It Like A Phone!

On our recent vacation, I found it amusing that so many people were holding their phones vertically when they were shooting video. What do you get when you do that? Vertical videos! In fact just today one of my Facebook friends was perplexed why her videos didn’t fill the screen horizontally and was perturbed that she was now stuck with it.

You have to hold the iPhone horizontally when you are operating the camera in video mode. The other thing to remember is to make sure the lens is upright otherwise the video you post will be upside down as well. There are fixes for that but not if you shoot vertically.

Keep It Steady

The iPhone doesn’t come with a tripod mount for getting steady footage, but you can find tripod adaptors to fix that. If you aren’t using a tripod or monopod, you’ll get smoother shots if you don’t hold it out in front of you with one hand. Have a flat surface nearby that you can use? Steady your phone on that. If not, just using both hands to hold your iPhone (horizontally remember?) and putting your elbows close to your body will help.

Shine Some Light On The Subject

Even though image quality has improved, iPhones are still not good low-light cameras. So make sure your scene and subject are well lit before you start shooting.

Improving your smartphone video skills will not only set your videos apart, they will make your viewers happier. Happier viewers share videos which leads to more traffic to your website.

Recommended Resources:

Studio Neat Glif Tripod Mount & Stand for iPhone 4 & 4S – This is what we have. It works best if you don’t keep your iPhone in a camera case.

Gary Fong Tripod Adaptor for Apple i-Phone 4 – This adaptor is very popular with serious iPhone videographers.

Joby GP1-A1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod – I love the flexibility of these small tripods and have about 3 in various sizes.

For more recommendations, check out our iPhone Resources page.

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