Are you saying, “I need a video ASAP!” Only problem is you didn’t factor it into your budget this year, for one reason or another. There is a way to do video that is budget friendly, but a word of caution, people will be able to tell that it is not done professionally. Well, with that being said lets get started.
Most of us nowadays have a smartphone, which has an okay camera on it. Using a smartphone will give you the flexibility to shoot on your time and not have someone else’s schedule effecting your shoot. There are a few steps that you need to do in order to get ready to shoot your own video.
- Step One: Write a script and then use it as bullet points.
- You dont want to seem scripted, you are not an anchor on the news where every little fact is important to the story.
- Step Two: Find a neutral background.
- Having a neutral or non distracting background, is important. If there is a something behind you distracting the viewer it is going to take away from what you are saying.
- Step Three: Get a microphone.
- The mic on your phone is ok, but if you want to give it that little extra getting a microphone that can plug into your phone will make all the difference.
- Step Four: Set up and start shooting.
- Now it’s time to set up. When setting up, plan to have your phone propped up by something like a book or a picture frame. Don’t hold it! A video that is going to be telling about you and/or your company is not the time to be “selfie styling” it.
A few other things that you will want to think about when shooting on your phone is how it should be set up. Having it sitting there vertical, will look bad when you upload it to YouTube. Have it on its side (horizontal) this way the picture will fill up the box that YouTube already has set up. Now you are on your way to doing a video, remember to also have a quiet place when filming. The background noise will be annoying and distracting to your viewer.
Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!