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5 Handy Tips For Shooting Better Video On Smartphones

5 Handy Tips For Shooting Better Video On Smartphones
With technological advancements, media consumption has changed like never before. Gone are days of hiring studio professionals to record videos and quality still images. Your mid-range smartphone can do the job for you. With even entry-level smartphones toting 13 MP camera and technologies like HDR, 4K support and phase detection auto-focus making inroads, recording video on the move has become simpler. However, that does not mean you can just pop your smartphone out of your pocket and hit the record button to capture top notch video.

Go through the below listed tips to learn how you can actually record high quality video footage using your smartphone:

Shoot videos horizontally: Before you start recording video with a smartphone, ensure it is held in landscape position. This may not seem like a big deal, but it affects how the end output looks on another device, such as a laptop or TV. Shooting video while positioning the phone vertically will invariably result in two black bars appearing on the sides when you watch it later.

Shoot steady: A lot of smartphone users say they find holding the device steady quite tedious and shakes are inevitable despite their best intentions and efforts to record jerk free footage. If you too face the same issue, just start using both your hands instead of one to hold the device and record video. This will help eliminate most of the jerky movements caused unwittingly when you shoot. If necessary, you can also use devices and accessories like Smartphone tripods. It may be worthwhile to look up the phone company website to find compatible third party accessories.

Utilize light: Using lighting to your advantage when you want to record quality videos or click pictures using your smartphone. When you are shooting outdoors, choose a spot where the sunlight is distributed evenly. Change your position if the shots look only partially lit or you feel there isn't enough sunlight. The light should not work against you- that is the thumb rule here. Changing the mode of shooting can also help things- especially when switching to the HDR mode.

Use the features to your advantage: Familiarize yourself with the modes and features on your smartphone. Some present generation smartphones lets you use AE/AF Lock when recording video footage. This ensures the video gets recorded with the same level of exposure throughout. It comes in handy when you are shooting video indoors with varying internal lighting conditions. Some high-end smartphones also support stabilization for video recording. However, some such features are not activated on the device by default. You will need to enable these features before pressing the record button!

Check the condition: Before you start recording video with a smartphone, make it a point to check your device well. Is there enough space free on your microSD card or internal phone memory? When you shoot video in FullHD or 2k resolution, free space gets filled up fast. Also, check the battery levels as recording video takes a toll on even the best of smartphone batteries.

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