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How To Shoot A Video
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How to Shoot a Video

Do you want to be a cameraman? You can be one of those who are holding a big camera shooting those newscasters in a hot news. You can also be a cameraman for a movie, documentary films, music videos, commercials, or any kind of video production. You can even shoot events too like weddings and debuts. In order to be one of those, you need to learn how to shoot a video.

Whether you wanted to be a professional cameraman or just wanted to do personal movies, it's good for you to know to how to shoot a video. Well, technically, it's easy. It's matter of turning on the camcorder, aiming it to whatever, then pressing the record button. That's it!

However, if you wanted to learn the art on how to shoot a video, then you must go beyond just pointing the camcorder and pressing the button. Know the wideness and tightness of shot, camera angles, camera composition, camera movements, and making your video steady.

How to Shoot a Video Lesson 1 - Wideness and Tightness

You must shoot videos with a mind of telling a story. Start first with a wide shot to establish the scene to show the audience where are you. After that, go and shoot nearer taking some medium shots. Then go ahead and shoot tight shots to show more details. When you are in a certain shoot, try variations of those wides, mediums, and tights too.

How to Shoot a Video Lesson 2 - Camera Angles

Place your self to shoot from the right angle. Shooting from above (high angle shot) diminishes the subject. Doing normal angle shows naturalism and shooting from below (low angle shot) emphasizes heights and power.

How to Shoot a Video Lesson 3 - Camera Composition

Compose your shot by following the rule of thirds. Avoid placing the subject in the dead center because that will be boring. Try dividing you frame with nine equal parts and place your subject in the intersection of those imaginary lines. This will make your shot more dynamic and interesting.

How to Shoot a Video Lesson 4 - Camera Movements

Basic camera movements are panning, tilting and zooming. To shoot wide scenes, do panning (right to lest or vice versa horizontal camera movement). For tall scenes do tilt (up to down or vice versa vertical camera movement). You can zoom subjects also by using the zoom tool in your camcorder. Basically, avoid this kind of camera movement. Just use it to frame your shot.

How to Shoot a Video Lesson 5 - Make it Steady

Amateur cameramen tend to shoot shaky videos. To avoid this, place your camera in a tripod. If you need to hold the camera manually, try to do a position that makes you more comfortable (like separating your feet or leaning at the wall). This is a matter or practice though. When you are always holding the camcorder, you'll soon be used to it.

Those are the basic lessons on how to shoot a video. You'll learn how to shoot a video by doing it yourself applying those principles. Constant practice makes you a good cameraman.


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