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Top Tips For Taking Videos

For sure you will want your video to look their very best so we have prepared a short list to help you.

Your video will look great if you take great photos.

Preparation is everything and it is best to get your photos or videos right first time.

  • You can set the aspect ratio on just about every modern camera & device. 16:9 is the standard for use on the web for video and photos as it results in a better fit in smaller devices. 4:3 is best avoided however we can crop to 16:9 however this will result a slight loss of part of your video or photo. Videos for YouTube should be 16:9 with dimensions of 1280 x 720px.
  • Try to avoid camera shake and keep horizons straight.
  • Using a tripod is the best idea - small ones are available at low cost which is better than nothing and avoids hand held camera shake.
  • If your device has an HDR setting experiment with it for photos - you may find it will increase quality.
  • Ensure your focus settings are correct. if in doubt spend a couple of minutes making some tests.
  • Ensure the main subject of you photo is in the centre. Avoid the sun's glare across all or part of your photo.
  • If you are taking photos in low light you should also find light settings such as night mode.
  • Beware of white edges caused by sunlight - especially important for web photos if being published on a white background. The only realistic workaround for this is to apply light coloured borders to images.
  • Best photos are taken with the sun behind you - make sure you do not include your shadow.
  • If taking photos indoors using flash make sure your own image is not captured in a mirror.
  • Windows with bright light shining through are a great way to destroy your photo or video.
  • Check around to see what will be in your photo or video! The worst scenario we came across was a beautiful wedding couple standing by a table with an full ashtray and a half drunk pint on a table next to them and with litter all over the floor!
  • If your photo or video contains an image of someone you do not know and therefore has not given their consent to be in it we suggest you do not use it especially if you plan to upload on the web.
  • Photos for videos - these need to have the same dimensions unless you want to see unsightly black bars on the sides, top & bottom or the whole lot! Again, we can crop if necessary as long as the photo is large enough.
  • Choose from your selection of photos that you have taken for your photostory carefully. The ideal length is between 2 to 3 minutes including transitions and should have around 35 photos. It may be worthwhile remembering that you will not be the only audience and anything too long may not get watched!
  • Select the highest resolution available up to 1920 x 1080 pixels which is an aspect ratio of 16:9 if you want to watch your videos on an HD TV. Otherwise select 1280 x 720 pixels.

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