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How to shoot video with iPhone

How to Film Professional Videos with an iPhone

Whether you’re just starting out or whether you’re just looking to pick up a few extra tips in using iPhone to film, this guide on how to shoot video with iPhone is for you.

Things You Need:
iPhone
Tripod
iPhone Holder
External Microphone for iPhone (Lavalier Microphone)

Step 1. Prepare Content for Filming

Step 2. Select a Suitable Location – Pick somewhere that doesn’t have too much background noise and also consider the light isn’t too dark or too bright.

Step 3. Setup Tripod – Always make sure to set the height right, which is below eye level) to make your video looks professional.

Step 4. Enable Flight Mode – To stop any incoming calls and other notifications while you’re in the middle of filming.

Step 5. Mount your Phone on the Tripod – Make sure to mount your phone horizontally where the screen of the phone is facing forward.

Step 6. Clean the lens on your front-facing camera.

Step 7. Wire Up your Microphone – Attach your microphone to your shirt.

Step 8. Setup your iPhone for Recording – Before you get started, check the phone’s memory if it has enough free space to hold the video files you’re about to create.

Step 9. Framing the Shot
• Positioning – When you’re positioning yourself in the shot ,you don’t want to be front and center, you want to be slightly off to the side and looking across the camera right into the camera lens.
• Lighting – You can use a free-standing light such as desk lamp and position it so that you’re trying to even up any shadows

Step 10. Set Exposure to Manual – Make sure you have enabled manual exposure from your iPhone’s settings to lock off any automatic adjusting in your iPhone during the filming. But lock it off at the correct level by tapping and holding on the screen for the area that you want to expose for which should be yourself and hold in until it comes up and says AE lock.

Step 11. Do a Test Run – To make sure that your audio and everything is right, it’s important to do a quick test run before you actually get in and do your whole ideo.

Step 12. Record your Video – Once everything from Step 1 – Step 11 has been done and checked, you can start recording your video.

TIPS:
• If there’s any sudden unexpected or unwanted noise or objects, you can pause the video and pick it up again or start the last sentence again once it’s cleared.

• After you’ve finished your last word, sit there and pause. Don’t move or smile and wait for a few minutes before you get up to reach and press the stop button.

Video by Justin Brown – Primal Video

hi guys Justin Brown here this video is
the complete guide to filming with your
iPhone whether you’re just starting out
or whether you’re just looking to pick
up a few extra tips this video is for
you before we get started there’s four
things you’re going to need the first is
an iPhone the second is a tripod the
third is an iPhone hold up for your
tripod and the fourth is a microphone
for your iPhone in this video I’m using
the rode smartlav and I’ll put the link
in the description below it’s a
microphone that’s been designed
specifically for filming content videos
using your iPhone or Android device now
that you’ve got your gear sorted step
one is to prepare your content for
filming so organize any dot points any
notes anything you need to prepare your
content for filming step two select a
suitable location now you want to pick
somewhere that doesn’t have too much
noise too much background noise you
don’t want something with a really
distracting background or a lot going on
behind you that’s going to draw the
focus away from you and the video
content you also want to make sure that
the light isn’t too bright or too dark
step three is to set up your tripod it’s
important to set the height right to
make your video look professional so the
correct height for filming whether
you’re standing or sitting for your
video is to have the phone slightly
below eye level so that you’re actually
looking just down slightly at the camera
in your phone what we’ve actually done
here is we’ve propped up our phone which
is on a small gorilla pod tripod just to
show you that you can really get away
with whatever you’ve got or whatever
you’re able to get if you’ve got a
height adjustable tripod that is more
ideal but it’s something that you may
not have whether you or may not want to
carry with you whereas you can use some
books and a gorilla pod in order to
achieve the same thing step 4 put your
phone into flight mode this will stop
any incoming calls emails SMS
notifications going off while you’re in
the middle of filming step 5 now to your
phone on the tripod when you’re doing
this you want to make sure that you’re
mounting
phone horizontally you also want the
screen of the phone facing forward
because we’re going to be using the
front-facing camera to record the videos
step six is to clean the lens on your
front-facing camera because it’s your
phone that you’re using it’s up against
your face it could have dirt smudges
makeup anything on it you want to make
sure that your lens is clean before you
start recording step seven is to wire up
your microphone so attach your
microphone to your shirt jacket whatever
it is that you’re wearing if you’d like
to know how to hide your microphone I’ve
done a video on how to hide your
microphone still get great audio it’ll
also help you reduce any wind noise if
you are filming outside if you don’t
have a microphone make sure you’re
sitting pretty close to your phone and
also in a really quiet area so that
you’re not going to get too much
background noise I’d always recommend if
you can to get a plug-in microphone
it’ll just really help improve the
quality of your audio and reduce
background noise once your microphones
sorted plug it into the phone step 8
set up your iPhone for recording one
thing to check before you get started is
that you’ve got enough free space on
your phone to hold the video files that
you’re about to create
if you don’t plug it into your computer
backup the files and then remove them
from your phone open up your camera app
set it to video and then switch it to
the front-facing camera step 9
framing the shot first thing to do here
is to make sure that your phone is
horizontal and that everything is level
the worst thing would be to have the
horizon or a line in the background that
is crooked when you’re positioning
yourself in the shot you don’t want to
be front and center you want to be
slightly off to the side and looking
across the camera right into the camera
lens
now lighting is the key to making your
videos look professional and it can be
such a simple thing or a simple tweak or
positioning your camera in such a way
that you’re actually getting a much
better look so in the example of this
shot we’ve had a lot of light coming in
from my left from the window here and it
was creating a dark shadow down this
side of my face now I still like the
rest of the shot so what we did in order
to improve
is is we bought in a free-standing light
which you can use a desk lamp you can
use a reading light whatever it is
you’ve got in your home or office some
sort of light source and position it so
that you’re trying to even up any
shadows so I’ll just turn the light off
now and you can see the difference so as
you can see it’s pretty dark down this
side of my face by using the light we
were able to to boost that up and make
it look a bit more professional again
with these tips and with this video what
we’re trying to do is show you how we’ve
got everything set up to be simple for
you to be able to replicate when haven’t
run out and bought massive lighting gear
or big lighting kit in order to light
this correctly we just want to show you
that you can use what you’ve got around
you in order to create a great-looking
video step 10 set exposure to manual you
would have noticed when you’re using
your iPhone camera before that it’s
constantly adjusting and analysing your
shot and making a brighter and darker
depending on what’s in the shot so what
we’ll need to do is to enable manual
exposure which will lock it off so it’s
not going to be constantly analyzing and
adjusting the shot but we’ll lock it off
at the correct level so to do this you
tap and hold on the screen for the area
that you want to expose for which should
be yourself and hold in until it comes
up and says AE lock an AE lock is auto
exposure lock so when that’s done the
exposure is locked it’s not going to
change is I’m going to make any
adjustments as your shot changes or as
your position moves within the shot step
11 do a test run I think it’s important
to do a quick test run before you
actually get in and do your whole video
to make sure that your audio and
everything is right especially if you’ve
got a microphone plugged in you’ll have
no way of checking that the microphone
is actually working or that the levels
are good that there’s no background
noise until you stop take the microphone
out and play back what you just recorded
step 12 record your video the first
thing to check when you start recording
your video is that you are in a e lock
mode that you’ve set your manual
exposure which we did in step 10 the
next thing is to make sure that you’re
looking directly down the
camera lens and not to the LCD screen or
not to your phone screen so that you’re
talking to yourself you want to make
sure that you’re making eye contact with
the viewer in which case you need to be
looking at the camera lens
the next thing to monitor is any
background noise so if a plane goes
overhead or if there’s a loud car or a
truck that goes past you might want to
pause what you’re doing and pick it up
again or start that sentence again once
the noise is cleared the same if there’s
anything distracting in the background
that you notice someone walks past or
there’s a car or something if you don’t
want to in your shot then just pause and
pick it up and and restart that sentence
again once it’s cleared the other tip is
when you start recording your video is
to position yourself and pause for about
three seconds before you start talking
and likewise when you’re finishing your
video do exactly the same after you’ve
finished your last word sit there pause
don’t move
smile and wait before you get up and
reach and press the stop button one of
the quickest ways to make your videos
look unprofessional is after your last
word reach up and press the stop button
so that the last thing the viewer sees
is your half in motion to stopping your
video instead of just sitting there
waiting for a couple of seconds and
finishing your video professionally the
other thing to be aware of when you’re
recording is of any lighting changes so
if this clouds going over or if there’s
lights that are changing in the
environment that you’re filming just be
aware that you will be noticeable in
your shot especially if you’ve got jump
cuts cutting between one section and
another section if there’s any light
changing just be aware of them and if
you can work around that somehow by
moving to a controlled environment with
no windows and that will be ideal if not
maybe pause and wait for the clouds to
clear until you’re back to where you
were to keep the background and the
lighting consistent so there you have it
that’s the complete guide to filming
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