question about taking videos.

13 years 2 months ago #35824 by Harley1967
When I take video and watch it back it looks, well, amateur. How do I get my films to look professional?


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13 years 2 months ago - 13 years 2 months ago #35825 by W3L8
I would think many of the same rules apply for video, as it does for photography. Use a tripod anytime possible to eliminate that annoying jerking around that you see on home movies. Try and keep the subject in frame the entire time (with a tight crop) instead of looking down with the camera to see where you're going if you are moving. The rules of good composition and proper exposure would apply just as much to video as still photography I would think. And as with still photography, practice with it. You won't get better unless you invest the time to practice, review, critique your own work.


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13 years 2 months ago #35826 by Harley1967
I would think the same rules apply also, but I'm really bad with the video camera.


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13 years 2 months ago #35827 by CD DVD
Try and find some info on basics of lighting and composition - these apply to both disciplines. Most home videos suffer due to the hand movement of the operator and inappropriate lighting. Work on lighting correctly, stabilising the camera and composing a shot/scene and you'll be most of the way there.


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13 years 2 months ago #36026 by Stealthy Ninja

CD DVD wrote: Try and find some info on basics of lighting and composition - these apply to both disciplines. Most home videos suffer due to the hand movement of the operator and inappropriate lighting. Work on lighting correctly, stabilising the camera and composing a shot/scene and you'll be most of the way there.


:agree:

And don't forget good audio and editing.
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