Shooting video while overseas is the perfect way to capture memories. But it’s not always easy. So we thought we’d help you out and come up with 5 top tips to film great video.
Shoot longer takes.
Videos will usually be edited and it’s better to have too much than too little.
Shoot a range of different subjects.
Tearfund volunteer placements usually involve a wide range of activities, both task-focused and social. We’d love to see videos of as many different activities as possible.
Use a tripod!
If you don’t have a tripod, placing your camera on a wall or a chair can often be an effective substitute.
Keep the camera still.
Even if you’re shooting hand-held, try to keep the camera as still as possible. Try to avoid camera moves such as pan (side-to-side) and tilt (up and down) unless they are unavoidable. If you do move the camera, do so as slowly and as smoothly as possible.
Think about sound.
Most video cameras record sound that is, well, pretty terrible. In an ideal world, we’d all have nice external microphones to get better sound with. Most of us don’t. If you want someone to say something to the camera, try and go somewhere out of the wind without too much background noise.
If you’ve got video that you’re happy to share with us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Video files are obviously quite big, so feel free to use Dropbox or WeTransfer (or another file transfer system if you’d prefer!).
We look forward to seeing lots of great video!