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Sunday, January 27, 2013

You Can Learn to Shoot Better Video

Why does it matter if I shoot better video?

Well it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things I suppose, but if you're looking for some tips on getting better video you can share on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or anywhere else, I have some for you here.

Will I learn to shoot like the pros?

The pros have years of practice. They're shooting day in and day out practicing their craft and getting better and better every time they shoot, but you can certainly learn some tricks that will help you get better and make your video more enjoyable...especially if you're sharing it with people.

What makes a video compelling?

Well I suppose a bunch of different things can make video compelling. What matters the most isn't how you shoot it, but what you're shooting. Is it interesting or unique? What does it show other people? Can they learn something or be entertained? These are good questions to ask yourself.

When I was a news broadcast photographer, a mentor told me once that the most important thing about video was simply: people. 99.9% of the time, the video you'll be sharing with your friends and the world will involve people (our pets are people too). It will involve the feelings those people are expressing and the experiences those people are having. Shooting video is a way of telling their story and you can learn some easy tips to make you a better story teller...even if you don't plan to edit that video.

Do I need a bunch of fancy equipment?

Nope. This blog is all about shooting better video no matter what you're using. The tips work whether you're shooting on your phone or on a twenty thousand dollar camera. In time, I may provide some explanation of the more advanced features you might find on a camera. But I've learned that if I can't be a better story teller with even the simplest and cheapest of equipment, I'm not going to get better by spending money. You know the old saying: a good craftsman never blames his tools.

So feel free to look around and discover how you can be a better shooter and tell better stories.