[ Shoot­ing ]

Shake off bad habits and learn good tech­niques


Shoot as much footage as you can, as it’s bet­ter to have more than you need than to dis­cover you haven’t got enough

With your shoot planned and your gear set up, you can get to work. Be­fore your first take, it’s cru­cial to do a dry run to check ev­ery­thing is work­ing. This means shoot­ing 10 to 20 sec­onds of test footage and sound and then play­ing it back to con­firm video and au­dio are be­ing cap­tured as you in­tended. Also check for things like fo­cus and eye­line. Is your sub­ject in fo­cus, and do they ap­pear to be look­ing at the right tar­get in the footage? If you’re film­ing your­self, this stage will in­volve switch­ing be­tween soft­ware much more eas­ily than try­ing to cor­rect jerky zooms or other er­rors that stem from try­ing to be too clever dur­ing shoot­ing. Shoot more B-roll footage (cut­aways, de­tail shots and am­bi­ent shots) than you think you need, be­cause you’ll in­evitably need all of it when it comes to edit­ing. Shoot as much footage as you can, as it’s bet­ter to have more than you need than not enough.

B-roll is bril­liant for cov­er­ing up ed­its in your main footage. If pos­si­ble, shoot the same scene from mul­ti­ple an­gles to give your­self choices later. If some­thing be­ing be­hind and in front of the cam­era un­til the setup is cor­rect.

It’s good to shoot ‘clean’ footage, un­less you’re an ex­pert fo­cus puller. Clever ef­fects can be added later in is wrong, shoot it again rather than as­sum­ing it can be fixed dur­ing edit­ing. If you move lo­ca­tions, recheck all your kit be­fore re­sum­ing film­ing as set­tings can get ac­ci­den­tally changed in tran­sit.

Im­prove on the iPhone’s video sta­bil­i­sa­tion with an ac­ces­sory like Zhiyun’s Z1 Smooth-C.

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