The Do's and Don'ts of Videography

The Do’s and Don’ts of Videography




What TO DO when your are filming:


Use your tripod


Level your tripod


Set your focus


Use slow and deliberate movements


Wait 4 seconds before making a movement


Check and clean your lens frequently


Record wide, medium and close-up shots


Record for at least 20 seconds per shot


Look for unusual angles


Try to use your manual focus dynamically


Use the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and framing


Use shallow DOF to record subjects with a blurry background or foreground


Record objects in the foreground as well as the background




What NOT TO DO when you are filming:


Forget to use your tripod


Forget to set your focus


Film images askew


Try to zoom with your DSLR lens


Move too fast and without a clear direction


Record your own reflection or shadow


Take shots that are less than 20 seconds


Record with a dirty lens


Only take wide shots


Record without setting up your shot deliberately


Record less desirable objects (garbage bags, street signs, advertisements)


Film the heads of people


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