EDGAR's and Murad's advices to create great visual content
We don't always know it, but we all have a camera in our pocket or bag. Your smartphone! Today's image quality is excellent and far superior to semi-professional cameras. But, to create a great visual content, you will need to pay attention to a couple of small things... Edgar and Murad made this experience when they decided together to make a blog with short movies. Below, you can find Edgar's notes to learn from their experience but also from their mistakes...
When filming with your smartphone, avoid moving as much as possible. The smartphone is a flat object that is difficult to hold stable. Choose fixed shots, hold your phone with both hands and place your elbows against your body for more stability.
We easily tend to film with our smartphone vertically. Take the reflex to switch your phone to landscape format to shoot images in 16/9 aspect ratio. In this way, you can keep consistency on all of your images, this will facilitate editing and the result will be more aesthetic.
You can make other choices as well, such as taking square shaped images (1:1). The important is that all the pictures shall be of similar proportions if you want to edit them afterwards.
FRAMING - COMPOSITION - RULE OF THIRDS
Another important point of framing in video and photography is the rule of thirds to make a good composition. The subject will be emphasized if it is in a third of the frame, to the left or to the right. To help you, you can activate the grid in the video settings of your smartphone.
This is a very important point and will make all the quality of the video. Here is a quick illustration to show you the different shot values. Shot size refers to the distance from which you film or take pictures.
It's an oversight that can easily be made! Before filming, you must check the storage on your phone. Video can take a lot of memory on your phone. It is therefore also important to delete the videos that you don’t find satisfactory. You can select the images that you think deserve to be in a video for your project and delete the others.
It's also important to keep in mind that too many videos and pictures is also polluting.
In the same way, check the battery level of your phone. Video consumes your battery faster.