How to Shoot Video Like a Professional (Part II)


Avoid Useless Pans and Zooms

Using a camcorder for the first time has everyone desiring to hit the zoom button on each shot while panning across the horizon. The result can leave viewers unhappy.

If you’re recording an action scene, let the motion that’s occurring naturally lead your video. Stop yourself from putting in random pans and zooms, which take away from the action.

There are times to pan or zoom. At a sports event, professional videographers follow the action by following the play of the ball. That’s the incentive behind panning during a double play or tilting the camera up when a baseball player hits a fly ball. Let the action rule the opportune and infrequent times to use these methods. 

Obtain Good Results When Shooting Outdoors

You’d think outdoor videography would be simple since the sun delivers the lighting. But to obtain the best outdoor results, you have to scrutinize the position of the sun closely.

Shoot with the sun at your back. If you’re recording folks, they might complain about looking directly into the sunlight, but tell them that the shots you’ll get will be much better than if they were silhouetted against the sun.

Weather and time of day must also influence your shooting. Some sort of shooting will be best on an overcast day, while others will be improved by the “golden hour.” Sometimes you’ll have to postpone your outdoor shoots to wait for the proper conditions.

Pay attention to the lighting.

Prepare for Indoor Video Shooting

Disregarding lighting when shooting indoors can make your videos appear dark. That’s why indoor video shoots necessitate more preparation.

Adding lights is perfect. If that’s not feasible, examine the available lighting sources. If you’re shooting video of people, get lots of light in their faces. But don’t be misled by overhead lights. While they might be bright, they only light the tops of people’s heads, making their facial features shadowy.