12 simple hacks for shooting great home videos

Turn your home video into a hit movie with relatives just by following these easy-peasy tweaks! No additional equipment necessary!

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Time really flies when you’re having fun, and especially when you’re bonding with your child – they grow up so fast! Having a camera at the ready allows you to capture priceless moments that would have otherwise be nothing more than a memory. It’s also a tangible heart-felt memento from you to your little fellas that’ll live on in the years to come.  

 Now that every smartphone on the market comes with a built-in camera and video recording capabilities, you can snap photos and shoot captivating videos at the same time. Chances are you already have all the equipment — like a phone or tablet — you need to take or create videos. Follow these top tips for taking better videos of your brood…

1. Always use the back-facing camera The front-facing cameras on your phones and tablets are of a lower resolution so while it is great for selfies and video-chats, it isn’t great for capturing high quality visuals. The camera on the back of your phone usually has a higher resolution and better technical specifications, which will help you capture better quality visuals with greater clarity.

2. Watch your battery level! Capturing videos saps your phone’s batteries faster than playing a round of Candy Crush so be sure to pack along a portable power-bank to ensure you don’t run out of battery juice before you’re done filming.

3. Hold your camera in a horizontal position when capturing video Don’t bore your viewers by just capturing your subject — the person or thing being filmed up-close. Holding your phone in a horizontal (or landscape) setting gives viewers a wider view of your child in the midst of his surroundings. Videos captured horizontally will also fill the screen when it is being transferred and viewed on a computer. Vertical videos are best suited to being viewed on your phones. Also refrain from switching between filming in a horizontal and vertical position while filming as that can lead to motion sickness.

Follow this basic rule: Just ensure the source of lighting is positioned in front of your subject and camera rather than behind it.

4. Watch the lighting Unlike editing photos, correcting the brightness (or the exposure) and the intensity of colours (or saturation) of a video after you’ve filmed it, can damage its quality. Professional film-makers use a far more advanced and tedious technique of colour correction to emphasise or dial back specific colours of their visuals. So, follow this basic rule: Just ensure the source of lighting is positioned in front of your subject and camera rather than behind it. Look out for your shadow as well, you don’t want it to be making a cameo in your video, or overshadow your subject.

5. Avoid zooming in This is an important rule to follow especially if you’re recording your video on a smartphone, which likely uses a digital zoom function instead of an optical zoom. The camera enlarges the appearance of the person or thing in the centre of the frame — causing it to become blurry, sometimes pixelated — and cuts out anything that’s sitting on the outer edges in a digital zoom. An optical zoom, on the other hand, often requires the use of additional lenses attached to your camera to create a better quality image.

6. Frame your subject right Fill your camera frame with your subject by ensuring they are situated within the centre of your shot. Having said that, you shouldn’t shy away from capturing your subject slightly off-centre in your video, either. For instance if your child is jumping into the pool, you can place them slightly on the left or right of the centre of the frame, it’ll minimise the movement of your camera when they jump into the pool.