Whether you intend to shoot videos for the purpose of starting a profitable YouTube Channel that are shareable? or should you learn to film for your own good?
Remember that a video is a very powerful medium with a lot of potential.
What do you think?
A lack of quality in your videos can result in immediate rejection. Videography, like photography, necessitates some knowledge.
Tips to Shoot YouTube Videos for Beginners
Vlogging is not as simple as it appears, but it is also not as difficult. Fortunately, I learned how.
So, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered with some cool tips that helped me learn the fundamentals of vlogging and become a better videographer.
If you keep these tips in mind, you can easily create your own beautiful videos, stand out from the crowd, and show the world your passion
1. Notice the video background
In the heat of the moment, you may not pay close attention to the background. You might be preoccupied with capturing their expressions while keeping an eye on what they’re doing. Only when you start editing do you notice the unappealing background you’ve been ignoring.
2. Get in Close
The most common beginner error is to shoot a wide shot of a scene, failing to recognize that video is an inherently close-up medium. For example, a beginner may shoot a head-to-toe shot of a mother attending to her baby.
While the professional is taking a close-up shot of the baby’s face, the mother’s adoring face is staring at the baby in the background.
As a result, you must get up close and personal with the emotions. Similarly, if you’re filming an interview, only use a two-shot. Focus on people’s faces and take a closer look. It should be as if two people are conversing with each other.
3. Let there be Ample Good light
The difference between an amateur and a professional video is the quality of the lighting. The more light there is, the better it will appear. Try to shoot outside to get as much light on the subject as possible, and try to shoot during what photographers refer to as ‘The Golden Hour.’
The period of time between sunrise and sunset when the sun is lower in the sky. When the sun is directly overhead, it casts shadows on the faces of the subjects.
A shaky video is unpleasant to watch. Mount your device, whether it’s a smartphone or a video camera, on a tripod. When shooting video with a tripod, image stabilization is activated to compensate for camera shake.
Unless your camera compensates for image stabilization (which only high-end cameras do), use a tripod for beautiful results. When recording video, stabilizers and tripods allow you to keep your camera, smartphone, or mobile device still.
Canon’s PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera’s has advanced image stabilization, and the panning mode can assist you in capturing fast-moving subjects in an artistic and striking manner. The camera and tripod stand combination allows you to record photo and video for hours with minimal effort.
5. Give a sufficient headroom
Another common beginner blunder is overestimation of headroom. Many times, I accidentally cut off my subject’s head while framing them in the viewfinder. You should be able to determine how much headroom is required. Also, keep in mind that giving too much leeway is not a good idea. As a result, your subject may appear to be a miniature with a lot of space above his or her head.
6. Don’t forget to record the video
Let us now discuss sound effects. Unfortunately, your video automatically records all of the sounds in the scene, and there is no way to avoid this. Make every effort to get your subject(s) as close to the microphone as possible.
If you can afford it, attach a wireless mic to whoever is speaking while recording the sounds of everything that happens in the scene with the camera’s mic.
If you’re shooting the video with a smartphone, wrap your hand around the microphone (but don’t completely cover it).
Unwanted noise can be reduced in this manner, potentially reducing the disturbance.
Many audio and video editing software’s, such as ‘Adobe Soundbooth Final Cut Pro X,’ include noise filters that help identify and remove noise.
If you’re looking for a compact, lightweight on-camera microphone, the Rode VMGO Video Mic GO is your best bet, as it provides clear, crisp, directional audio while being incredibly easy to use. Its small pickup area concentrates sound directly in front of the microphone, reducing background noise and ensuring that your subject is isolated from distracting background noise.
It does not require a battery and operates efficiently on the camera’s plugged-in power. All you have to do is plug it in and you’re ready to go.
7. Shoot Video B-Roll!
B-roll is extra footage captured to supplement the main video for greater editing flexibility. B-roll can include anything from extra video footage to still photographs, animation, or other graphic elements. Most people don’t realize how much video they need when they’re shooting, but how much they actually need when they’re editing.
So, when you’re shooting something, hold the shutter button for five seconds longer than you think you’ll need. You’ll have more options in the editing session this way. For example, if your subject is talking about horseback riding, try to get some shots of horses, people doing horseback riding, or something related. Take a lot of pictures.
Allow yourself as many shooting options as you have time for. “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”
A video with a lot of good b-roll is more powerful.
8. Use Special Effects
Many cameras include enticing built-in special effects. Although these effects can be entertaining, they should be used sparingly—if at all. It is preferable to begin with pristine colour video and then add special effects with your editing software. Your editing software provides you with far more control and variety.
After you’ve finished shooting, you’ll need to learn how to edit the entire footage into a short video of about 5 minutes. Editing is also very simple. Basic video editing software comes standard with both Macs and PCs.
Excellent video editing apps for smartphones are now available. You can even edit videos directly on the YouTube interface and upload them to your channel quickly.
Make an effort to keep your video brief!
The good news is that simple videos work best when posted on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site.
9. Frame Your Video Shot!
While shooting a video, astute photographers adhere to the ‘Rule of Thirds.’ “The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guidelines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section,” according to Wikipedia.
If you can master these few fundamental concepts, you will undoubtedly improve your filmmaking abilities. What advice or tips would you give to other filmmakers who have yet to film videos for their YouTube channel?