Our Tips on Shooting Video
- Lock down your video camera by mounting it on a tripod or setting it on a solid surface, especially if you're using a telephoto (zoom) lens.
- If your shot is hand held, avoid moving around while recording. Keep a steady hand and keep your subject in the frame.
- Do you have an action sports camera that can be mounted to your helmet, body or bike? Get creative.
- Avoid using the "digital zoom" feature of your camera. This mode of recording actually degrades the resolution of the full video frame.
- When shooting people, don't be afraid to get close to them. Try to position them so there is some great scenery as a backdrop.
- When recording people talking (interview style or candidly, be aware of background noise and wind).
- Avoid excessive zooming. A slow zoom out to reveal the scene can be nice, but don't over use this technique.
- Whenever possible, try to get the sun behind you. And remember that the colors from early morning and late afternoon lighting can be very dramatic.
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