How To Shoot Video Like A Professional Filmmaker

Film Production Tips to Save MoneyWhether you’re a film major or a young videographer, there is much to learn in the years ahead about the profession. To help give you a head start, we’ve shared a list of tips for shooting better video, courtesy of Richard Sibley for Amateur Photographer. Happy shooting!

  1. Know your camera: Sibley says that before you walk out the door, you should have your camera set up. Spend some time learning how it works and how to get the best footage from it to ensure that you come home with the quality footage you’re after.
  2. Power and space: Sibley recommends carrying at least one spare battery and testing your camera before you leave so you know how long you can record before the battery goes kaput. Also, be sure to turn your camera off while it’s not in use – keeping the screen powered will cause the battery to drain. Additionally, hi-def video can take up a lot of storage space so always take a back-up card with you in case you shoot more than you planned.
  3. Shoot what you enjoy: Sibley says videography can be whatever interests you, so an obvious place to start is to shoot whatever you take photos of. What enthuses you is bound to interest others, so don’t be scared, says Sibley. Just go out and shoot what’s familiar.
  4. Tell a story: Before you start a project, Sibley recommends thinking about the story you want to tell first. All good stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Know the story you want to tell and think about the shots you’ll need to illustrate it.
  5. Make a shot list: Once a story is in place, think about all the shots you’ll need to tell it, says Sibley. Consider the main scenes and, if you can, add some close-ups and B-roll. Lists are a bit old school, but they will help make sure that nothing you need is missed.

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