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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