22 January 2020
Try not to shoot against a bright light and watch for straight lines or plants appearing to come out of the subjects’ head or ears. And think about the background you choose - it shouldn’t be too fussy or detailed as that will detract from your message.
Remember the microphone is usually built into the camera and is often not very good quality. Being built in means you cannot put it where it needs to be - near the speakers mouth or the action. To counteract this, keep the subject close to the camera, close windows and doors, turn off background music, or find a quieter spot to film.
And don't let two people speak at once. The human ear does a much better job of sorting out multiple conversations than a recording, which will sound awful if voices overlap.
Finally, the good news is cameras or phones these days have built in storage so you simply need to copy the files back to your computer for further editing - or sending over to us for post-production
To find out more ask for a copy of our User’s Guide to SmartPhone filming, which has a lot more hints and tips for getting the best out of User Generated Content.
Good luck, and happy filming!
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