Smart phone videos

7 Ways to Get Professional Quality Video from Your Smartphone

Smartphones with a great camera and the ability to record high definition video are no longer difficult to find – in fact they’re everywhere. Professional video content creators are finding that using their mobile phones to shoot video has several major advantages:

  • Mobile phones are ubiquitous and we almost always have our phones with us. Quickly and spontaneously capturing video content doesn’t require lugging around large video cameras when an unexpected opportunity presents itself.
  • Many apps are available for both iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) mobile devices that extend the functionality of the videocamera, provide sophisticated editing and digital effects capabilities, as well as provide a way to immediately upload finished videos for distribution and viewing.
  • Perhaps most importantly, as the phones have become more capable, video entrepreneurs are finding that is much more affordable, too.

However, while it is good to have a smartphone with an awesome camera, using poor technique will probably result in a poor video product. Just because you have a very expensive hammer, with all of the features money can buy, it doesn’t guarantee that you will build a magnificent home without practice and good technique.

Your but following these seven tips, shooting great video with your smartphone will be easy and the footage will look fantastic!

#1 – Good Lighting is Critical

Proper lighting has a huge impact on smartphone cameras because they have smaller image sensors and lenses. Try as much as possible to shoot your video in brightly lit areas. This will help avoid unnecessary shadows and grainy areas in your video. Conversely, you also must be careful not to point the camera directly at bright light sources, which will cause unusable overexposed footage and lens flaring. Lighting should be stable and steady; the image sensors in most smartphones do not react to dramatic changes in lighting very quickly. If the light is still making it tough to shoot your video try working with back-lighting and white balance settings if your phone or app provides them. Most phones also offer “touch focusing” in the event your camera is focusing on the wrong area of your composition. After setting the focus on the most important aspect of the video, the automatic exposure control will have an easier time making small adjustments if lighting condition begins to change.

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