Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

If filming an event or special occasion, put yourself in the guest of honor’s shoes. What is important to them? What will …

Avoid Backlighting

Avoid Backlighting

Remember you want to shoot with the sun, not against it! Make sure your subject is lit, not backlit.

Minimize External Sound

Minimize External Sound

Pay attention to background noise when you’re shooting, especially longer shots. They are a lot more distracting on film than in person!

Master the Basics

Master the Basics

While it might be tempting to imitate your favorite avante-garde filmographers, you are better off learning how to take consistently good, steady, …

Limit your Zoom & Panning

Limit your Zoom & Panning

If you are looking to make professional looking footage, make sure you keep your zooming and scene panning to a minimum. Cheesy!