Now, most smart phones are equipped with video recording feature and the quality it produces can match that of a camcorder. Most anyone can record a video and upload it to YouTube or any other social medias. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to optimize the usage of your smart phone when recording a video:
1. Try to always keep your smart phone steady. Minimize shaking the camera when recording. If needed, use an accessory such as a tripod or a mini monopod to stabilize your phone. You can also use a specialized stabilizer for video recording such as the flycam for smart phones.
2. Don’t use the digital zoom. It’s way better to physically get closer to your subjects if you want to record at close up because most smart phones still don’t have optical zoom. Using digital zoom will degrade the quality of your moving pictures.
3. Pay close attention to the surrounding lighting. Avoid pointing the smart phone at an unevenly lit area, like harsh shadowy area and brightly lit skies in one frame. Smarphone lenses still can’t perfectly capture scenes with high contrast in lighting.
4. When moving the camera, like rotating from left to right (panning) or tilting it up and down, go for constant, stable, slow-paced movements.
5. When recording indoors or at night, decide whether or not additional lighting accessories such as an LED light is needed because the camera sensors of smart phones are relatively small, making it difficult to get bright results in low lighting conditions.
6. As for composition of the video, don’t include any unnecessary objects in the background. Strive for a capturing the subject closely and clearly. Position the subject a little to the left or right (not dead center) of the frame for a more interesting composition. This trick is usually called the rule of thirds.
7. Always use the landscape orientation when recording videos using a smart phone. If you shoot in portrait, you’ll have a heard time viewing it when it’s transferred to a computer or a TV.