In-camera effects and stabilization on the latest smartphones are astounding. You can quickly adjust the color temperature, lighting settings, and even stabilization if you look at, say, an iPhone 8 or XS.

If you wish to record smartphone videos, you must first understand what your phone is capable of. As long as you follow these guidelines, your smartphone should adapt to natural handheld movements:

  • Camera movement should be slow.
  • Allow time for the new lighting to adjust.
  • Make sure you are always holding your smartphone with two hands.

My most frequently asked question regarding video creation is how to create smooth, stable footage. When we watch the clip later, it seems like our hands are perfectly still, but they are bouncing all over the place! Yes, I am guilty of sometimes not stabilizing my video. These simple tricks, however, can make your video look a lot more professional (even if you’re shooting it on an iPhone) and can help you take videos that can be used again or edited together in the future. 

Tips: 1

Record a few additional seconds at the beginning and the end of your video. If you press the shutter button to start or stop recording, you may notice that the camera moves a little. The start/stop button should either have a handle on the left or right side to prevent finger irritation. If you remove the handles while editing, you will only be left with what you wanted!

Tips: 2

Waiting to see what happens isn’t a good idea. Focusing on something can make you hold your breath, but it can also cause your hands to shake! You won’t have as much shakiness if you let out a slow, even breath while filming as you would if you held your breath – especially if you’re panning your camera from one thing to another.

Tips: 3

Stabilize your posture. My usual shooting technique involves either leaning forward, putting an elbow on a wall or a fence, or returning my elbows to my body while holding my camera. If I am filming directly on a solid surface, I will even place the camera directly on it. A pseudo-tripod is created by this stance (and, no, that’s not awkward at all). Whenever you are holding your hands and camera, you should be aware that they will be shakier the farther away they are from you.

Tips: 4

Take advantage of tripods and monopods. However, tripods are invaluable for things like time-lapses or if you want to participate in the video instead of operating a camera on your own. The “monopod” feature of the tripod. On the online market, the most popular mini tripod can be easily found to help you take steady photos. The selfie stick game is worth it, though – they can be very cool.

Tips: 5

Gimbals are a good investment. In my opinion, this is my favorite option financially but is also less subtle – although on second thought, looking at those stable positions, maybe it isn’t. An iPhone gimbal is an affordable device that automatically stabilizes videos when used with a battery powered phone. I consider it to be one of the most valuable pieces of gear I own. When you discover that you enjoy recording video and you would like to do more of it, this is a worthwhile investment.

Tips: 6

The hallmarks of a professionally-produced video are, in my opinion, three. A good audio track, good lighting, and a stable frame. Stay tuned for my views on audio and lighting. Though, I hope by now you have already noticed just how much improved video quality you can achieve with a few simple tweaks. You will be able to polish up your video footage more easily if video footage is more stable when you upload it to your computer. When your video is stable, you will enjoy watching it later.

By Alison

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