iPhone Filming Techniques

When shooting any video the three things you want to think about are framing, lighting, and sound. Here are some helpful tips to shoot a quality video at home using your phone. 

Framing

Use a tripod – The newest iPhones have built-in optical image stabilization, which makes shooting decent handheld footage fairly easy. But no matter how steady your hands are, nothing beats using a good old-fashioned tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, watch this short video on how to make one out of a paper towel roll.
Frame your shot.
Make sure you do not have any space above your head in the shot.
Create space between you and your background.
Adjust your camera.

– Don’t use the iPhone digital zoom – Avoid the temptation to use the iPhone’s built-in camera zoom. Since the lens isn’t zooming optically, you’re just enlarging the picture digitally, which means you will quickly enter the world of unsightly pixelation. If you want to get a closer-up shot of your subject, move the phone closer until you find the perfect shot!

Make sure you are shooting at a high frame rate. – Go to iPhone settings/camera setting to adjust the video quality.
Make sure you have enough camera memory. – If you are low on memory you video will cancel in the middle of filming. If you need to make rooms, download something like Google Photos and back up your pictures and then delete them. 
Lock you exposure and focus settings. 

Lighting

Check your lighting – Make sure there is little to no light coming from behind you and try to distance yourself from the light so it does not cast shadows or bright spots. 
Use the exposure lock – This will help to keep the focus and exposure constant throughout your shot.
PRO TIP: If lighting is a problem, consider using a paint-light on a lamp and bounce the light off a close to white wall. 

Sound

Film in a room with carpet or place a quilt on the floor to absorb sound.
PRO TIP – Use a second iPhone to capture sound – Position a second iPhone directly above the subject’s head to record clean audio. Creating a simple voice memo will do the trick!

– Clap once loudly at the beginning of each video to create a reference point for syncing the good sound from the voice memo with the bad sound from the video recording.

– After you clap, leave 15 seconds of complete silence before you begin speaking.