From Amateur Videographer to Pro Videographer in 5 Steps

Have a brilliant idea to execute and a smartphone on hand? Then you're ready to shoot your first ever budget short film in 5 steps.

Step 1: Natural Light in your Best Friend

Step 1: Natural Light in your Best Friend

Some of the best videos are filmed in daylight. Your best bet to mask any hint of graininess is to shoot in daylight. Once you're more experienced in playing with light, you can go adventurous with capturing the cinematic vibes at night!

Step 2: Get a Tripod

Step 2: Get a Tripod

Investing in a Tripod allows you with the ability to manoeveur your camera with assurance and stability. Inexpensive and convenient, it is a necessity for all photographers to capture the perfect shot. A tripod allows for flexibility in the type of shots you take - from having different angles, time lapses, or longer exposures.

Figure 3: The dilemma of In-built Audio 

Figure 3: The dilemma of In-built Audio 

Often overlooked, a location is one of the most crucial aspects to attaining good audio. Search for quiet places like a stairwell, but take care to take note of the reverberation from enclosed spaces. Be mindful in avoiding places near traffic and large crowds if you want clear audio! Stay near the object or even get an external recorder and syncing with a clap - your editor will thank you for it.

Step 4: The 3 essential shot sizes

Step 4: The 3 essential shot sizes

To add some variations and details to your film, use multiple shot sizes. The more shot sizes you have, the better it will be. Get a wide shot to establish your scene, use close up shots to capture emotions, and lastly a mid-body shot to capture your subject.

Step 5: Rule of Thirds

Step 5: Rule of Thirds

One of the fundamental lessons to composing photos is the rule of thirds. Shooting diagonally or off-center creates spaces for tension and foreshadowing. Foster a sense of curiosity and engagement amongst your audience with use of negative spaces or even an obstruction of their view!

There's no reason why you can't start shooting now; get up and out or even start shooting near your home!

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