Here are a few tips to help you shoot better videos using any small pocket camera.
Aim to shoot plenty of material, use the following tips to help you.
- Shoot more video than you need
- Use a tripod or other support
- Hold shoots in the same place for a minimum of 10 seconds
Composition of shoots
Compose your shots carefully, choose the right shoot type for the situation.
- Make the shoot interesting, movement is good, a person walking, talking, a sign swinging in the wind, a kettle boiling etc
- Remember the rule of thirds
- Always playback your shoot before you finish the field, its much quicker to re-shoot now than later on.
Using a tripod
Using a tripod will give a much more professional look. If you don't have a tripod, putting the camera on a solid flat surface will give you much more professional results.
- Don't forget you can vary the height of the tripod
- If you don't have a tripod use a flat surface like a fence post or table
- Move the camera and tripod rather than use the zoom button
- Consider buying a gorillapod
- Always shoot with the sun behind you if possible
- Watch for your shadow being in the shoot
- If shooting inside turn all the lights on and try and wait for a bright sunny day
- Shooting either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon will often give you the best results
The Flip Video camera only has a internal mic so audio quality will be worse as you move further away from the camera.
- Watch out for traffic noise
- Switch off mobile phones
- Avoid rustling clothing
- Allow gaps of silence between each piece of speaking to camera (this helps later when editing)