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How To Get Started Shooting Video!

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Answering this question takes some tough love so here it goes.

Like any other skillset, it takes practice so when you first get started you may be slow and get frustrated with tech stuff but you can handle this. I know you are ok putting some work into learning how to create videos. If you can't handle it, now is your time to get out before you spend too much time on this.

However, if you can handle some learning then you will get a new skill that will set you apart from so many other people and we all know that video is going to remain one of the best ways of communication moving forward so you'll be ahead of the competition!

Now with that out of the way, let's talk about getting started with shooting video and some quick tips to get you started!

Where to Start?!

The best camera is the one you have.

If you don't have any budget for a camera then use your cell phone. The point is to get started because practice now will be worth more than a fancy camera that you have to wait for.

If you do have a budget then I would suggest starting with looking at Sony and Canon DSLR's for video. There are quite a few options depending on your budget but they will, at a minimum, all shoot good quality 1080 footage at 24 frames per second.

If you want to know what I use, I personally am a Sony guy myself and my current setup is the Sony A73 with a 24-70mm gMaster lens. That's about a $4000 setup before you add memory cards, extra batteries, a battery charger, a tripod, etc.... I.E. You don't need this setup to get started!

So What is important when recording?

1) Video quality

2) Audio Quality

3) composition (How things are framed up in camera)

Let's talk about them so you know more about what to look for!

1. Video Quality

A. Lighting - You want your subject to be lit well. If you don't have lights, use natural light from a window. If you are recording sitting at a desk, have the desk facing out of the window instead of having the window behind you. If your light source is only behind your subject, they will be a silhouette and it won't look good. You can get lights like ring lights, soft boxes, LED panels, etc... if you want to have more control over your lighting.

B. Manual Mode - If you want to learn manual mode on your camera (which I think you should eventually do) then you need to study a bit about the "exposure Triangle" but in short: ISO- keep this number as low as possible. EX. 100
Aperture - Keep this number as low as possible. Ex. 3.5
Shutter Speed- This number doesn't matter as much, right now, as long as it's not lower than your frame rate. Ex. If you shoot at a 24 frame rate keep the shutter speed above 1/30. If you shoot at a 60 frame rate, keep shutter speed above 1/60.

C. background - before pressing record, look at your background and make sure it looks nice. You'll notice many youtubers setting up lights in the background to give a cool vibe to their background. Try to be intentional.

2. Audio Quality - I tell people, if you have good video quality and bad audio quality, you have a bad video. Audio Is IMPORTANT. I know because it was a huge weak point for me when I got started so it took a while to learn. Luckily I'll be teaching more on how to get good audio in more posts. Here are a couple tips though:

A. No Extra Mic - If you only have one camera/cell phone then you want it to be close to your talent. The frame may have to wider than you want but the further away a mic, the worse the audio quality so get close.

B. Extra Camera/cell phone for audio - If you don't have a dedicated audio recorder but you have an extra camera/cell phone, place that backup camera as close to the subject as possible without being in your main camera angle. Don't worry about how it looks, you'll just use the audio from this camera. Sync it up in editing!

C. Extra Mic - If you have a couple hundred dollars then you can get something like the Tascam Dr-10L which is a lapel mic. It records great audio quality and you just sync it up in editing and use that audio source instead of the camera!

3. Composition - If you are shooting video of yourself or someone else, make sure you don't have too much space above their heads (headspace) in the frame. If you put their face in the middle of the frame, there will be too much empty space above their head usually.

A. headspace - There should only be a little bit of space between the top of the subjects head and the top of the frame.

B. Framing - You can frame people up on the right and left third if you want to add an interesting framing. Your iphone even has grid lines you can use for framing. (settings>camera>Grid) the grid it puts on your camera is called "Thirds" and it can be helpful for improving your shots. Try putting the horizon line on the top or bottom third. Maybe instead of your subject being directly in the middle of the frame, put them on the left or right third line.

C. Camera Angle - Don't have the subject looking down to the camera. If someone is going to be talking to the camera, make sure the camera is eye level so they are looking forward, or maybe even slightly up. The subject should never look down to the camera to talk, it's just not flattering.

     • P.S. This can come into play when buying a tripod. If you are 6'2 then you need to makes sure your tripod can put a camera up that high. If you get a tripod that's too short, you may have to sit to record so you can get the camera eye level.

Those are a few tips that, if you follow, will give you decent results for your videos. Obviously there is more to learn and there may be stuff in this post that you are still confused about. That is ok, It's impossible to learn everything about shooting video in one Blog post

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Matt Peet

VCS Creator/Host

I travel around the country shooting videos for entrepreneurs and conferences to help them sell more stuff. I am taking that knowledge and passing it on to you so you can sell more!