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Beginner Videography Tutorial: How to Make/Shoot A Cool Video Easily?

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Last Updated: Apr. 14, 2020

Forewords: Here are 11 basic videography tips for beginner - How to deal with lights, negative spaces, transitions, closeup filming, and how to shoot 2 people…With these tips in mind, you won't failed to create an cool video any more.

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Whether you want to DIY a creative YouTube intro, social media video, website video, or simply record a spectacular scene with iPhone / Andriod devices, following tips will take your videography to the next level.

Even if you are a newbie, you are fully capable of shooting a beautiful video without any hassle!

Entry-level Videography Techniques - How to Shoot, Film An Excellent Video Correctly?

Preceding videography tips are what we refine from videography masterpieces, which are very basic and guided:

Tip 1 – Videography Topic, Focus on Telling Something.

Always, a good video is telling a beautiful story, or reflecting something meaningful. Be it a wedding videography, an advertising video, or an explanation video, good stories indeed make it more successful!

Interested? Read >>"How to Render Your Best Storytelling Video Ever"

Tip 2 – Ensure Every Video Clip & Picture Tells A Short Story

Make sure every video clip/picture tells a mini story, or offers a scenic view to audiences. If a clip doesn't, cut it out!

Mini story clips together are to twist plots, and make your bigger storytelling more real.
Always ask yourself these questions:

  • *In the eyes of audiences, what does the storyboard mean?
  • *Will audiences like the mini story?
  • *Is the clip necessary?

Tip 3 - Shoot with Soft Video Light.

Shoot video with soft lights.

Image board: Shoot video with soft lights.

Natural soft light is best to film a video, which will help to share all details – full colors & clear objects. The softest lights for videography are in the morning and evening.

When the videography light is bright or strong, the filming object/figure will appear somewhat darkness & dimness, which considerably ruins video quality and is bad for post video production.

Don't shoot straightly to the lights, but let lights in from a side. Near a window would be fine.

Tip 4 – Avoid Too Much Negative Shooting In Videography.

Avoid too much negative space.

Image board: Avoid too much negative space.

Negative videography is another reason that makes videography below the average. In a videography frame, negative space (darker parts in a bright videography) taking up over 1/4 makes people feel no good, it's unbalanced & anti-harmony in most cases.

Tip 5 – Closeup Videography Shoot.

Videography skill - Closeup shooting.

Image board: Videography skill - Closeup shooting.

Closeup videography is another shooting trick that's key for people interviews, detail explanations, unraveling mysteries, and many more scenarios. When a professional videographer is about to explore something or deep into a topic, he will choose closeup shooting that feels more real and pulls audiences closer.

Only with closeup shooting can you film an object fixing top. When filming closeup, handle well with the videography lights.

Tip 6 – Divide Your Frame into 3 x 3 Space.

Shoot in 3 x 3 grids.

Image board: Shoot in 3 x 3 grids.

For those non-closeup scenes, you would like to divide the shooting frame into 3 x 3 grids with 4 lines. Leave some room in the top area, place the key filming object in or near the 4 joints, that will render the best visual enjoyments.

Tip 7 – How to Shoot 2 Facing People.

How to shoot 2 facing people.

Image board: How to shoot 2 facing people professionally.

Pick a side, stand in front of/right after one person and shoot to another person. This way will it look exactly like a Pro shooting.

Tip 8 – Add Proper Background Music, Use Great Sound Effect.

Think of your videography theme. Think about how you want to present it to audiences and how they may feel when watching your video. Search for your music accordingly. To produce the perfect sounds for video, you will like to turn to HD-microphones and noise removers for help.

Tip 9 – Use Fewer Transitions, Keep Only Necessary Transitions.

Video transitions are critical for all videography productions. But most beginners misuse transitions by adding a lot.

Too many fancy transitions interrupt/break main video story - the more transitions audiences watch, the less likely they get the point of your story:

At first, people may get amazed at the video transitions but soon be tired - What is the point of video content? Hmm…Sorry, audiences just forget it. [Remember the transitions in 5.2/10 rating movie - Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)?]

Tip 10 – Use Zoom-in and Zoom-out Tricks.

Use Zoom-in and Zoom-out tricks.

Image board: Use Zoom-in and Zoom-out tricks.

With an advanced camera, you will like to try long focal lengths to shoot Zoom-in clips, as well as short focal lengths to capture Zoom-out scenes. Switching between a closeup and a wide shot can create an impressive shot.

What if you have no camera but only a smartphone? Can you create zoom-in & zoom-out effects?

Sure, free online has the options to zoom in and zoom out frames.

Tip 11 – Upgrade Video with Logo & Explanatory Line.

High-quality videos always use lines and logos when necessary: Insert an intro picture or an outro storyboard with your logo, and it will level up the video production and make it look professional.

Add explanatory lines when it's an abstract frame, it'll help audiences get your point across immediately.

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