The vast majority of users when shooting video on the iPhone use exactly one button – the big red one in the regular Camera application. More advanced ones know that at the same time the device needs to be held horizontally, and they also know how to move the focus. What else can be done to shoot really cool videos on your iPhone?
The cameras of mobile devices are improving every year, engineers are working on creating better optics, productive chips and functional software for them, but we are still hardly able to shoot video with fireworks for a city day or a children’s matinee so that we are not ashamed to put it in social network. About how to record movies of cinematic quality on the iPhone, said Ste Smith – a professional filming and editing from the site of Cult of Mac.
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Rule 1. Do not use a regular application
The only advantage of the native Camera app in iOS is its quick access from the lock screen, otherwise the program does not please with its functionality.
For iPhone enthusiasts, it’s better to find a more advanced application in the App Store, the author recommends a rather expensive, but satisfying almost all professional requirements option – the FiLMiC Pro program, which costs 1,150 rubles.
An example of a video shot on an iPhone 7 Plus using processing in FiLMiC Pro:
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Rule 2. Use a stabilizer (steadicam)
Another item involving financial expenses. Yes, in some cases it’s possible to shoot a good video from your hands, leaning on a tree or fixing your hands on the roof of the car, but in most cases you will need a special accessory to get good content.
As the cheapest option, you can purchase a Glif mount from StudioNeat, which allows you to mount your iPhone on any tripod if necessary. However, for vlogging or shooting amateur reports, you have to fork out for a wearable stabilization system (the so-called steadicam).
The most popular device in this category today is DJI Osmo, however, the author of the manual offers a cheaper and no less functional Smooth-Q gadget from Zhiyun Tech. More decent stabilizers can be found here.
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Rule 3. Do not use digital zoom.
To approximate the subject using software methods is a common mistake of beginner operators. Do whatever you want, approach the subject in any way possible (drive up on an office chair with wheels or roll the camera on a skateboard), but do not use digital zoom, which will instantly reduce the quality of the video instantly. When shooting without magnification, the objects will remain sharp, and focus and a blurred background will allow you to place accents.
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Rule 4. More Light
In the vast majority of cases, picture quality is directly proportional to the number and intensity of light sources. Below are two images that clearly demonstrate this. When shooting a frame, only diodes mounted on the ceiling of the room lit the person on the left, and a flashlight shining directly in the face was additionally installed on the right.
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Rule 5. Golden Ratio
Photographers and videographers often use a simplified version of the “golden section”, the so-called “rule of thirds.” In simple words, it says that when building the composition it will not be superfluous to shift the subject slightly horizontally or lower the horizon vertically, using the grid drawn on many screens in many programs.
And here is an example of shooting on the iPhone, created by Ste Smith from Cult of Mac.