Are you already confident in photography and decided to try shooting video? Then we have some tips for you.
Modern cameras offer a whole range of advanced video features, so more and more photographers are trying to figure out the advanced features of their camera.
By adding videography to your skill set, you not only gain additional earning opportunities (if you’re already a professional photographer), but you also gain a whole new dimension to your creative endeavors.
Plus, learning how to shoot beautiful videos can actually help you create more beautiful photos. So it’s truly a win-win for diversifying your skills.
Below are a few simple tips that photographers who decide to try their hand at video shooting should pay attention to.
Use your photography know-how
You already know that in order to get the best shots, you need to work seriously with the composition. This fully applies to video as well.
It’s hard to imagine anything more boring than a photoset where all the shots are taken from the same point or from the same perspective. The video is exactly the same story.
By using your knowledge of composing and cropping photos, you can create more interesting videos. For example, go down and shoot the subject so that it seems larger than in life. Or vice versa, rise above the object and shoot it from top to bottom to get the opposite effect.
Compose your shot so that your subject is not in the center, but according to the Rule of Thirds. Look for interesting angles.
In terms of composition, you already have enough knowledge and skills that are necessary to get interesting material, it just remains to put them into practice!
I think everyone has come across videos that literally start to make you feel sick. Or they are so “twitchy” and shaking that it becomes simply impossible to watch.
Well, no one wants to watch a shaky video, which means only one thing — you need a steadicam. Even if your camera is equipped with a stabilization system, it will often not be enough.
Steadicams are easy to use and add that smooth cinematic look to the material. They can be used for any type of video, from selfie vlogs to object tracking.
For mirrorless and SLR cameras, you need a larger device that can withstand a greater load. For this task, for example, Moza Aircross 2 (carrying capacity up to 2.5 kg) or Moza Air 2 (carrying capacity up to 4.2 kg) from Gudsen are suitable. These are comfortable and fairly light models that are suitable for different types of cameras, have the ability to use a wireless joystick and auto-configure through the application. Mirrorless and DSLR camera stubs can cost a lot, but if you want really professional footage, the money is definitely worth it.
Either way, stabilizer is your ticket to professional production.
For beginner vloggers
While it’s exciting to shoot video outdoors, there’s likely to be a lot of footage you’ll need to shoot in the studio, and if you’re thinking about vlogging, then in your home studio.
For vlogs, especially those related to reviews and how-to videos, you need to talk a lot while looking at the camera. Of course, someone can do without prompts and calmly tell the text from memory or improvising, but not everyone has such a skill.
So if you decide to get into vlogging, you may need a teleprompter. Among the devices that are well suited for this task, you can pay attention to the GreenBean Teleprompter Tablet or mPrompter.
Both devices are quite portable, sturdy and well-built.
The mPrompter is smaller, with a stainless steel body and a textured black finish that minimizes reflections and glare. The 3mm glass mirror has a 70/30% reflective coating, making text easy to read. The mirror is non-removable, while it moves freely in a stainless steel frame. Although the model was designed primarily for use with a smartphone, mPrompter can be used with any type of camera.
The GreenBean Teleprompter Tablet is a slightly larger and more professional device with a 60/40 mirror transparency and a size of 245mm x 235mm. It will be more convenient to mount cameras on it, in addition, it is equipped with a tube with a textile cover that helps protect the camera lens from stray light from studio lights. The device is equipped with a wired remote control that allows you to control the movement of the text.
Try green screen
Green screen is a great opportunity to expand your creative possibilities.
Chroma key (as both the technology and the screen itself is called) is used to add special effects to the background in the post-production process.
Of course, you should not “borscht” with the use of backgrounds, putting completely crazy landscapes back. For example, for a blogger talking about landscape photography, it’s a good idea to put some simple landscape in the background.
The ability to use any background adds some “added value” to your video by adding more depth and an extra third dimension to your video, and also allows you to add new creative features that your viewers might be interested in. With the video format constantly growing in popularity, it’s definitely a good idea to have tools at hand to help make your video stand out.
Use the right camera settings
Source: Alexander Steblovsky
In a series of videos from Alexander Steblovsky’s channel above, you can learn about the basic camera settings that are suitable for shooting video — what shutter speed, frame rate, etc. to choose. By examining your camera’s video settings and choosing the best ones, you’ll have a good starting point to get the picture you want.
In general, there are a huge number of different video tips for photographers, but the basic tips listed in this article will help you figure out where you should start. As always, the main thing is to constantly practice and learn something new, so shoot as many as you can! Even while in quarantine, you can start practicing, for example, shooting video blogs, or prepare well in terms of theory, so that after self-isolation is over, you can immerse yourself in street or studio shooting.
*The article was prepared using materials from photographytalk.com and onfoto.ru resources