5 Things To Know Before Shooting Videos on Mobile Phones

Did you ever give up on shooting a video just because you have a mobile phone to make videos?

You must know what experts say, “The Best Camera Is The Camera You Have With You,” which points towards your mobile phone as most of the people do not have a DSLR camera, but almost everyone has a mobile phone.

But most we record videos either for fun like when they go on the picnic or attend a friend’s wedding, we casually take random photos or make videos with the phone.

However, if you plan to shoot a decent quality video with your mobile phone, then I have a few things to share with you that I learned from my experience of shooting videos for more than one and a half years on YouTube.

And these are the things you should know before you start shooting videos on your mobile phone. Let’s start!

things to know before shooting videos on the phone

1. Dust Off the Lens

This one might seem very obvious but hear me out: before you hit the record button, make sure the phone’s physical lens is cleaned because a dirty lens will directly affect the video quality.

Let’s admit that you might not want to see dust particles on the screen after spending hours and hours on shooting and editing a video.

So start with cleaning the phone’s lens, especially if you’re shooting in the outdoor conditions or you’re vlogging outside.

2. Enable the Video Stabilization Feature

Try to keep the video stabilized; you do not need expensive gimbals for getting a stabilized footage out of your phone. Hold the corners on the phone with both of your hands using the index fingers and the thumbs.

In case you have to pan or tilt the phone, do this by using the ankles. Avoid any jerk while filming, but if somehow you end up with a sudden jerk in the footage, you can smoothen it in post-production. If you use Adobe Premiere Pro, use Wrap Stabilizer. It works like magic.

I like to say, If you cannot stabilize a video, then try not to make shaky footage. Trust me; it is tough to see a shaky video. If you are shooting an A-roll, then it is better to place the phone onto an object which can hold the phone stable for you. Try not to hand it to a person who does not know how to keep the phone stable.

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Chinese gorilla pods are very cheap yet very good for this job. Plus, you can get a lot of phone gear and equipment for shooting videos under $100. They allow you to mount the mobile phone virtually anywhere you like.

3. Pay Attention to the Lighting

I have seen a few new content creators’ videos, and I wish I could talk to them and teach them basics about lightning, which I’ll talk about in the future blog post on this very blog.

There are spots where the lighting is pretty good for shooting videos, whether it is an A-roll or a B-roll. And there are also spots where it in day time it feels like night time. So move around, seek the place where a decently diffused light is available through any window or any other openings.

Now here you will have to be vigilant about shooting in harsh lighting conditions. Let’s say when sunlight is directly hitting your face and making the footage overexposed or if the light is too bright for the phone camera to handle, then change your spot.

4. Watch Out for the Video Resolution and Camera Quality

It’s necessary to discuss some technicalities for determining which phone is better for filming the video. I have been recording videos for more than a year and a half. I have also filmed videos on different android phones and iPhones. Although all the iPhones produces the same results, the trick, however, is that you have to see these two specifications on the phone.

1. The first one is shooting in 1080P resolution, also known as FHD resolution, which stands for Full Full High Definition.

2. The second one is the ability to record in 60fps, which stands for Frames Per Second.

In a nutshell, If a phone simultaneously has these features, meaning if it shoots 1080P video while maintaining 60Fps, it generally means the phone can record good quality videos.

The phones that shoot 60Fps can also shoot 30Fps. It is up to you whether to choose 30Fps or 60Fps. I will be posting another blog post soon, comparing all the significant frame rates. All in all, look out for 1080P with 60Fps on the phone.

5. Get an Affordable Microphone for Smartphones

Last but not least is the Audio quality. A visually impressive video is useless if the audio is not appropriate. Most of the latest phones have pretty good built-in microphones, but if your phone is old or does not have a good mic, use an external mic. They plug in by 3.5 mm audio jack and record good-quality sound, plus they are very cheap.

Hassaan Khan uses Boya By MM1 microphone on his Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, which is also supportive of smartphones. This microphone from Boya comes with two microphone cables for both camera and phone.

Let’s End This

These were a few quick tips I wanted to share with you. Everyone who is getting into filming videos with their phones should know these phone videography tips.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact me on Instagram or leave a comment down below.

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