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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #9: Three Point Lighting

You may have heard of three-point lighting; a guideline to follow or ignore as you choose. I will sketch it out for you here. Light #1: Key light. This is typically at a 45-degree angle from the direction the subject is looking and is your brightest light. Light #2: Fill Light. This light shines from…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip#8: Shot Composition – Background, Depth

1. Background Pay attention to what is behind your subject. It should be pleasing and not distracting. It should not draw the viewer’s attention away from the main subject. Avoid clutter and mess and add something meaningful and nice, like a plant, one framed photo, or one special object. DO NOT let a plant or…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #7: Shot Composition – Rule of Thirds

Most people have heard of The Rule of Thirds. Divide the screen into an imaginary grid of 2 vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines equally spaced. This gives you 3 sections in each direction, or 9 sections total. The places where these lines intersect is the best place to frame the most important part of…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #6: Plan to Shoot a lot of B-Roll

What is B-Roll? Any supplementary video that is considered secondary to your primary footage, such as the interview. B-Roll is the industry lingo for shots that are not of the interview or main action. This footage is essential for editing. (We will learn more about shooting for the sake of editing in tips 11 and…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #5: How to Hold Your Camera

Note: These a just the highlights. For the full text, get my ebook: How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: 12 Tips For Using the Camera You Have. Send an email with your request to personalstoryfilms@gmail.com   Hold your camera steady. Use the strap for stabilization – make it tight enough. Put your left hand…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: Tip #4: Shooting an Interview

Note: These a just the highlights. For the full text, get my ebook: How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: 12 Tips For Using the Camera You Have. Send an email with your request to personalstoryfilms@gmail.com   If you have a DSLR, you may want to use these settings: 50mm, and F-stop: 5.6. These settings…
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12 Tips to Shoot Video Like a Pro. Tip#3: Prepare Your Gear

The day before your shoot, charge your batteries for your camera and microphones. Days before, make sure you have all the equipment you need, giving yourself time to borrow, buy, or rent what you need. Do you have several SD cards? Does the camera fit onto the tripod (do you have the necessary plate that…
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12 Tips to Shoot Video Like a Pro. Tip#2: Prepare for the Shoot and the Interview

Before you shoot, think of and write down the questions you want to ask your subject. Make sure the questions are open ended, not short answer. Example short answer questions:  When did you start making your own lotions? Answer: 5 years ago. Do you enjoy the process of making the lotions? Answer: Yes, very much.…
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12 Tips to Shoot Video Like a Pro. Tip #1: Make a Shot List or Draw a Storyboard

Planning ahead can change your shoot from poor to excellent. After reading through all these tips of what to shoot, you’ll have a better idea of the specific shots you want. Here is an example of a shot list: Wide Shot (WS) of subject (S) walking to car, opening door, getting in and closing door,…
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Shoot Better Videos

Taking a trip this summer? Take better videos by following these 3 simple tips: 1. Hold your smartphone sideways – that’s how it will be viewed. 2. Hold your camera as still as possible – viewers don’t want to see wild, jerky movements as you try to capture every piece of the action. 3. Get…
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