Basics for video filming

Hi guys. Welcome to another vlog from the number 1 Durban Video Production Company. Today lets talk about the basics to get video production right. Remember these points are from GCV that has been in the video business for 20 years.

GCV Productions, no 1 video company Durban

Camerawork

All video production begins with camera work ( if not writing a script or pre production). Today most cameras are filming in HD / 4K. Make sure the conditions are right before filming, some conditions we will look at is:

Lighting: Make sure you have sufficient light when filming. If ambient light is low you need to set up a light. Sunlight is great but watch out for shadows and silhouette. Cameras on auto will close the iris if the incoming light is bright. That means your subject will look silhouette / too dark with a bright background.

Try use a tripod if possible unless the camera has stabilisation. It’s nice for cameras to have a bit of movement but uncontrolled movement or shaky shots is jarring to the eye. Your video must be comfortable to watch for the viewer. Cameras zooming in can become very unsteady…the more you zoom in the more unsteady the camera becomes.

Get your camera close to the subject if you are using an on-board microphone. If you are unsure about camera settings you can get away with automatic camera settings when learning how to film. Also keep camera at eye level with the subject, once you are more confident with the camera you can include camera angles above or below the subjects eye line. Camera angles create mood, you will learn these as we go along with camera skills and shot motivation.

Eye level with the subject: keep camera eye level with the subject unless purposely wanting to shoot above or below the subject to create mood. Eye level is the most natural angle and the most comfortable on the eye.

Lighting is not required unless we do not have the required ambient light. Cameras on automatic will accommodate for low light but this might be risky as the shot can become grainy. Grain cannot be seen on small camera LCD screens but the grain will definitely appear on a bigger screen like a PC 21 inch screen or TV. Similar to camera angles, light can create mood. We will look at how lighting can be used to affect the mood of the shoot.

Please join us in Part 2 for “Camera and Sound”

Contact me at GCV Productions; www.gcv.co.za, guy@gcv.co.za.

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