#TuesdayTips – How to shoot a good video with Seth Howard

Junior Seth Howard is the Video Editor for The Simpsonian and Chief Videographer and Cinematographer of Simpson College Athletics. In these roles he must shoot a wide variety of videos–from news coverage, to on-campus recreational events, to sports, and more. Here are a few of his tips on how to shoot a good video:

Understand your frame rates

If you’re shooting something for a cinematic piece, use 24 frames per second (FPS). For journalismm shoot at 30 FPS, and when you shoot in slow-motion use 60+ FPS.

Use the manual function

This is so you can take control of everything, like aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance.

 Use an external microphone

Most iPhone or on-board microphones are not the best, so consider using a shotgun or lapel microphone for better sound quality.

Use different camera movements

Some examples are dolly, pedestal, truck, pan, tilt, and roll. If you need help figuring it out, Google it.

Change up the angles

Use everything from a wide shot, to a close up, or even an over the shoulder shot. It makes the shot interesting to look at instead of the same shot over and over again.

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