How to Shoot Video Like a Pro: Tip #4: Shooting an Interview

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  • If you have a DSLR, you may want to use these settings: 50mm, and F-stop: 5.6. These settings should help you get the best focus for a possibly moving subject, with a little (desirable) background blur.

  • Situate the subject so that there is some distance between them and the wall or background. Believe me, it just looks a lot better.

  • Chat with the interviewee while the camera is rolling, but don’t tell them you are starting the interview.

  • Ask the subject to repeat the question in the answer

  • Follow up on their replies with questions that are relevant to your topic, and meaningful to them.

  • If there is an unclear start to an important answer, you can ask them to start over after a pause.

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