Creating video with a mobile device

1. Get the wide shot

Remember this: All cell phone videos should be shot horizontal, with the long side of the phone horizontal to the horizon. It's tempting to turn the phone and frame a video shot, but the video will be sideways when you watch on your computer.

2. Pay attention to where the sun/light is

Bright light makes everything look better, including and especially cell phone videos. For the best quality, shoot outdoors, with the sun behind you or out of direct sunlight if possible.

3. Keep the lens clear

Be careful to keep your fingers away from the lens on your phone when shooting. Avoid having the edge of a finger obscuring the lens and caught on the video.

4. Keep the microphone clear

Figure out where the microphone on your cell phone is, and keep it uncovered and clear when you're recording video.

5. Keep the microphone close

Keep the audio quality up by recording in quiet spaces, and keeping the phone as close to the subject you're taping as possible.

6. Keep Your phone steady

For steadier cell phone videos, you can invest in a little tripod with a phone clip - or make one yourself, either with your elbows resting on something or braced at your sides.

7. Zoom with your body

Your camera may or may not have a zoom function. However, whether or not it does you can still zoom by moving your body closer to a subject. Zoom the camera out as far as possible and walk backwards or forwards to get more (or less) of your subject in the frame.

8. Set your phone camera to capture maximum quality

Before you start shooting, make sure that the camera settings are set to the highest quality. Some phones allow you to choose the quality of the video you shoot and, by default, the resolution is often set to a lower quality in order to save memory. Check out your phone’s instruction manual or look online to find out how to adjust the settings for your particular phone model.

9. Make sure there's storage space available

Video files are large and can quickly max out the onboard memory on your mobile phone. Before you begin recording, check how much memory is available on your device. If possible, expand the memory capacity of your phone by adding an optional memory card such as a micro-SD card.

10. Beware of wind

If you’re outside, you’ll want to check the sound on your phone. Try cupping your hand around the microphone input of the phone while shooting. This might help cut out the wind noise.

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