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BEST Mobile Videography Techniques to Keep in Mind When Shooting

Unlock the full potential of your phone camera with these mobile videography techniques that are sure to improve the quality of your videos.  

When shooting with your phone, it’s important to pull out all stops to make sure your footage comes out looking great. Follow these mobile videography tips to take high-quality videos on your phone’s camera.

Pay Attention to Composition

Getting your composition right is crucial to shooting visually appealing videos. Keep your subject in focus by centering the shot around them, and removing any unnecessary clutter from the background.
If you want to add some flair to your footage, you could also try using the rule of thirds. Imagine splitting your screen into a grid of nine equal parts, like a tic-tac-toe board.

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The rule of thirds says that you should place the important parts of your shot at the spots where the vertical and horizontal lines meet. This will create balance and add a touch of style to your videos. Give it a shot!

Stabilize Your Phone

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Keep your phone stable when you’re shooting so that your video comes out smoothly. A useful trick is to keep your elbows close to your body and your knees slightly bent while filming to minimize any shakiness. If you’re planning to keep your shot still, using a tripod is a good idea too. It’ll keep your video steady and free from any unwanted shaking.

Manage Lighting

Great lighting makes great videos! Use natural light in your footage whenever you can by positioning yourself near windows or shooting outdoors. If ever natural light is limited or unavailable, you can also opt for artificial light sources. Get creative and try different angles until you achieve the perfect lighting effect to make your subject shine.

Avoid Digital Zoom

When shooting videos on your phone, steer clear of digital zoom, because it can make your footage come out pixelated and blurry. Instead, physically move your phone closer to the subject. This way, you get to keep your video quality high while achieving the same zoom effect.

Consider Advanced Camera Apps

While your phone comes with a built-in camera app, it might not always provide you with all the functions you need to take full control of your camera. Advanced camera apps such as Protake (Android or IOS) will give you the freedom to adjust things such as your audio levels, video resolution, frame rate, and a number of specific video settings that will give you more creative control over your videos.

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Key Takeaways

Before you go, here’s a quick recap of all the tips we discussed. Make sure to keep these in mind the next time you shoot on mobile!

  • Pay attention to composition when setting up your camera by centering your subject or using the rule of thirds to balance your shots.
  • Stabilize your phone by either holding your elbows close to your body or putting your phone on a tripod.
  • Manage lighting in your shot, using natural light whenever possible and experimenting with different angles until your subject is well-lit.
  • Avoid using digital zoom on your phone’s camera since it can degrade the quality of your footage. case studies page
  • Consider advanced camera apps such as Protake which give you more freedom to adjust your phone’s camera settings.

What’s Next?

Mastering mobile videography is a process that takes time, practice, and a continued willingness to learn, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Stay curious, keep experimenting with different shooting styles and techniques, and let your creativity flow. Happy shooting!


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