With the rise of digital and mobile technology, almost anyone can shoot a video by themselves. What’s even better is that the technology is relatively inexpensive so that you don’t have to break the bank.
Even if you don’t have access to state-of-the-art cameras and equipment, as well as the necessary personnel to shoot a video by yourself, there is one general rule of thumb that you need to abide.
Never bite off more than you can chew. It should be your first thought, even before you start writing the text. If, for instance, you want to shoot a video by yourself, with nobody else helping you, you will have to create the script accordingly.
It probably means fewer characters, locations, and actions, as a result. Keep in mind that even the slightest change in the scene will mean that you will have to move the camera, lights, microphone, etc., all by yourself.
That said, here are some tips and tricks on how to shoot a good video by yourself.
Good lighting plays a crucial role in the overall quality of a video. Even if you get everything else right, poor quality lighting will make the video look amateurish. If you do not have access to proper lighting equipment, the sun will be your best friend.
If you do decide to make use of natural light, do your filming either in the morning or in the evening when the light is softer. Midday light, when the sun is straight overhead will result in harsh shadows. If you do have to film during midday, try doing so when it’s cloudy.
As for filming indoors, you will have to avoid overhead lighting as this cast unflatteringly shadows. Large windows are a good alternative, or you can use one or two large lamps to get the desired effect.
A steady video is another example of a good quality video. The best way to achieve this level of steadiness is to make use of a tripod. Nevertheless, try not to become too dependent on a tripod as there are other ways of shooting a steady video.
The advantage of not using a tripod in every situation is that you can move around the scene more freely. You can do this by using the ground, a wall, or an object to brace the camera and get a better visual perspective.
Capturing Good Audio
When you shoot a video by yourself, don’t forget about the quality of the sound. Like with the other examples above, this can make or break a video. There are many cases when people forget to record any audio, making the entire production more or less useless. In other cases, however, people fail to monitor the quality of sound they’re getting.
Monitoring the sound means that you avoid capturing any unwanted noise. It can happen when you are interviewing someone and there’s a loud air conditioner nearby. And even though you might not realize it at the time, that humming sound can distract or even drown out the person talking. Make sure the area where you will record is free of any of these white noises.
And lastly, by filming steady videos, you can create quality videos without having to invest in state-of-the-art equipment.