Shooting video with your phone can be a great solution to capture content when working with a tight budget. With an iphone 7 or newer you can shoot 4k video with good results. Still, following some fundamental rules for capture will help ensure your footage is as professional as possible. Here are some basic tips and equipment to help you with the process.
1. Stable, smooth, and/or static camera movement
Shaky footage is the number one factor that will set you footage above or below the line of professionalism. Avoid this by using one of these three solutions:
Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod Stand For Large Phones
Vastar Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter Cell Phone Holder Mount
DJI CP.ZM.00000064.02 Osmo Mobile 2 Smartphone Gimbal
2. Ample amounts of light in your shooting location
Smartphone cameras are becoming more and more impressive. Still, you need a lot of light for the sensors to perform at a high level. Shoot in places with ample amounts of light. Or you can order an LED light to compensate:
NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Video Light
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable Bi-Color 480 LED Video Light and Stand
Neewer 8.5 x 10 feet / 2.6 x 3 Meters Background Support System
3. Record high fidelity sound
If you need to record dialog/script while shooting there are two factors to consider. First, what is the environment in which you are filming? Concrete rooms with glass walls create echo/reverb causing voices to echo in the footage. Choose a room with wood, carpet, or other fibrous elements to soak of the sound waves in the room. Also choose locations where outside noise from streets or seperate conversations can be isolated. Second, consider purchasing a lav or handheld microphone that can be plugged directly into the smartphone.
Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
Rode VideoMic Me Compact TRRS iOS Cardioid Mini-Shotgun Microphone
4. Become a Pro
Here are two Youtube videos to help you on your journey to creating beautiful videos with your phone:
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