If you are just starting out as a video producer you probably look at your footage and wonder how you can make it look better. How can the lighting be better, how can I make my focus sharper, how should I frame my subject. These are all things we can teach you here at TheVJ.com, but there are some basic things that we can show you now with the help of YouTuber Basic Filmmaker with this video:
When you watch a movie or TV, or even some video online, you are amazed by the sharpness and cinematic quality of the images you are seeing. Then you look at what you are creating and you wonder how you can up your skills to get to that level. The reality is not only that it takes time and practice, but also that there are some really simple things you can do to bring your visuals up to the next level. Aside from shooting your footage using the Michael Rosenblum 5 Shot Method, which ensures great framing every time, there are some other things to keep in mind, as outlined in the video above.
First up are your camera settings. Depending on the lighting in the given situation you are shooting you are going to want to adjust the ISO and other factors to make sure that you are getting the perfect amount of light hitting the lens. Additionally, make sure that you do a white balance every time the lighting set up changes so that your colors match from shot to shot and scene to scene.
Next, the video discusses lighting. While it talks about a professional light set up, you can achieve the same result by just being aware of the natural and available light you already have -- that is to make sure that there is plenty of light on your subjects face (without over-exposing it) and making sure you have a well lit background too. If you're shooting indoors see how much you can do with natural light coming through the windows and be able to adapt your shoot based on the lighting in the room.
The video covers much more including focus and other manual settings, set design, and more with are all also important factors in making your video look great.
These tips alone, though, won't make you great storyteller. Great storytelling in video involves taking perfects shots and using them to tell a compelling and coherent story, which we can show you how to do every time.
What are some tips and tricks that you know?