1. Geoff Stock

    Tips to use your Camera 4 Storytelling

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    Take out your cameras and shoot more often. Visual Storytelling is no different to playing an instrument, you must practice. Some tips for shooting great video. Take every opportunity to shoot simple things like family activities or even just film someone doing something very basic like ironing or using their smartphone. If you don't have a great camera like a top DSLR or video camera, just use your iPhone or any small recording device. Think about breaking up the activity into separate shots and avoid walking and continually rolling. Think about an establishing wide shot, then a Medium shot 'which is from waist up', then a 'Close-up' of their face or 'head and shoulders' as they are doing the activity. Then a 'Close-up' of the action of the activity that they are doing and then just keep doing that variety of shots. Then you will have a nice 'Sequence' of...
  2. Geoff Stock

    Better Camera Microphone Audio

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    When relying on the inbuilt microphone on your video camera for capturing the sound during recording, quite often the results are very disappointing. You obviously have to keep wind out of the microphone with some sort of a wind cover but many times I see people making a very simple mistake that this little tip will bring to light and is worth keeping in mind. Try to always have some form of headphones as well so that you are aware of when the sound is good or bad. If you would like to fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course. Another Free Video Tip How Long to Let Your Shot Run There is lots more free information in the following articles So You Want to be a Paid Videographer The 4 Biggest Mistake When Shooting Video Why You Don't Know What Shots to Take How to...
  3. Geoff Stock

    Videoing a Phone Conversation

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    This is a simple concept that many people don't think about until after they have shot a scene where two people are talking to each other on the phone. When the footage is edited it doesn't look quite right and this may explain the reason and help you to avoid the problem. The concept relates to the 180degree rule and is similar to when you shoot an interview or a scene with people interacting with each other. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course.
  4. Geoff Stock

    Video Shot Duration

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      Many people, when using their video camera, don't know how long to hold a steady shot. Once you are past the stage of Panning and Zooming and are starting to shoot a series of shots to edit together, here is a small tip on how to keep your shots running long enough to give you choices in the edit. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course. Another free video tip Improving Your Camera Mike Audio Some other articles that might help you- Why You Don't Know what Shots to Take The 4 Biggest mistakes of New Video Shooters You  May be Destroying the Story with Your Camera
  5. Geoff Stock

    Filming a person making a phone call

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    When setting your camera up to shoot a person making a phone call, here is a quick tip to keep in mind. Quite often if we are shooting footage of people in their workplace we don't have much time to set up shots, so keeping little things like this in mind can help the shoot run smooth. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course.
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