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CRUSH Smartphone Video: How to Do it Right!

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7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Common Mistakes to Avoid

    • 3. Lighting Your Scene

    • 4. Step Up Your Audio

    • 5. Getting Stable Footage

    • 6. Creative Transitions & Accessories

    • 7. Outro & Class Project!

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About This Class

Increase the quality of your smartphone videos using techniques anyone can use. 

We’ll cover:

* How to properly light your subject

* Making your video stable

* Recording crisp audio

* Creative angles & video transitions

* Affordable accessories to consider

I’ll show you my process start to finish... and how I’ve used my smartphone to build a following on YouTube with thousands of viewers. 


Need to check out those inexpensive accessories to level up your videos? I’ve got you! Here’s the Smartphone Adapter that works with a tripod to secure your phone, as well as the Lavalier Microphone for better audio.

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Hey there! I'm Storm. 

I'm a YouTuber, and Photographer. Thanks for checking out my profile!

I have a passion for creating professional, unique visual arts using budget gear.


In my classes you'll learn:

|>How to film and edit photos & videos on your smartphone

|>YouTube marketing and branding tips

|>Freelancing guides to help you succeed

...and much more! Let's have a good time!

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1. Introduction: welcome to crush Smartphone video. How to Do It Right if you'd like to get started in video, but you don't have a big camera or you just want to use something simple. It's all too easy to pull our phones right out of her pocket, start shooting without any forethought, and then just assume that our phones aren't capable of getting any incredible video. Just because we didn't think it through, this class is going to show you how to take that and throw it out the window. We want to make great video. If you're interested in becoming a blogger, making documentaries or any other type of video content, the smartphone that you have in your pocket is really all you need. These days, with the tips and tricks provided in this class, you'll be able to take yourself from beginner to hero in a matter of minutes. Follow along in this class as I talk about how to have a well lit subject getting stable shots, creating crisp audio and more like creative transitions and affordable accessories that help you take your smartphone video to the next level without breaking the bank. If any of that appeals to you, let's go ahead and get started. Hit, enroll 2. Common Mistakes to Avoid: First off, I'd like to start off with some common mistakes to avoid when you're shooting video with your smartphone thes air. Some common things to avoid that you may not even think about. But when you're intentional about what you do with your phone camera, you'll be able to get the best quality videos possible. So here's the common stakes. Number one, trying to shoot video with your smartphone when it's just too dark. The sensors and smartphone cameras are pretty small, so you're not gonna get great results in extreme, low light situations. And believe it or not, having just a little bit of light to your scene can make a drastic difference. And we'll talk about that later in the class. The second mistake to avoid is shooting with the smart phone microphone smartphone microphones. Thes days have gotten increasingly better. They're made for phone calls, being able to block out background noise, and if you can hold it up to your face for something like a voice over, it's great, and the quality will be pretty good. But when it comes to video, where the camera is gonna be far away from your mouth, usually it picks up a lot of background noise, or at least some of the ambience in the room that you may not want to pick up. Depending on what type of style video you're doing, you can get drastically better results again by using a cheap little accessory that we'll talk about later in class. Mistakes number three and four involved a slight investment, so you don't really have to focus that much on these. However, if you want to take your smartphone video to the next level, pay attention to these guys. Mistake number three would be sticking with the stop camera app, and what that is is the camera app that comes straight out of your smartphone. Once you unbox it, that camera app is usually going to shift around the colors, the brightness, different things like that's not the worst thing in the world. You can pull off some pretty great things straight from the camera app that comes out of your smartphone, but there are some other APS out there that help you level it up a little bit more, give you a little more control and some pro mod controls that we'll talk about a little bit later Again. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but it will help you level up your video. If you just take that extra step to get another app. Mistake Number four would be sticking with the camera that's on the back of your phone. Now again, this is optional. You can get some great results as we'll talk about later, using just the camera on the back of your phone. But there are some small accessories, like attachable lenses that allow you to get wider pictures and give you that creative freedom that you don't always have. Using the camera that comes straight with the phone to tackle each one of those common mistakes. Here's what we're going to discuss in the next lessons. We're gonna talk about wind to shoot your video to make sure that your smartphone could pull in as much light as possible. From your scene, we'll talk about how to get great audio out of your smartphone for less than $10. We'll discuss what APS to use in order to get the best possible picture out of your smartphone as well, a smooth video, and finally, we'll discuss some inexpensive accessories that will help you when you're shooting, just to make your life a little bit easier. If you're getting into this for the long haul, these things will make it easier to get in and get out when you're shooting, join me in the next lesson. Let's talk about how the light your subject properly. 3. Lighting Your Scene: lighting your subject proper. When shooting indoors, you wanna let in as much light as you possibly can. Open blinds. Turn on certain lamps and light intentionally when it comes to shooting indoors. The intentional about how you're lighting your scene instead of just turning on all your lamps and calling it good, try and be intentional about where you place lamps, how high they are, what the brightness is and even the color temperature of the bulbs. Color temperature could be very important if you're shooting a talking head like this or someone's face. If you're lighting is too warm or too cool, it'll often look unnatural and the skin tones will get all washed out. But sometimes even worse can be a mixture of the two we're seeing overhead lamps, fluorescent, but the lamp over here that's lighting your face is warm. Makes for a very incoherent structure, and you're lighting doesn't look too good for a lot of indoor smartphone Video like this, you can film in front of a window, but if you do decide to bring in lamps into your seen to give you extra light if you want to match the color temperature of the sun. Look for bulbs that are daylight temperature that's gonna match what's outside fairly well . Here's an example. With all the blinds closed, you can still see some light behind me. But the face is not to let it. Here's what will happen if I just turn on the lamp in this room. So now you've got light behind me. It's warm, but you also have the daylight that's kind of shining through the window just a bit. That's cool. If I true, if I open the lines from me, you have that daylight temperature there. But then you also have this weird color changing because of the light above me. This is just the natural light from the daylight, so it's a little more natural in my skin tone that open next week. It's even more light, but you can see I'm kind of dark here. So what you can do is I turn on this light here. This daylight temperature, the color matches pretty good on it just adds a little more light on my face, but you also have the lights around me. Now, if I close the blinds entirely, just leave the light on. Then That's also not too bad, because now the faces lit instead of it being just completely dark like that, where you can't see clarity of my face to good turn on the light. And now you can see me in the background isn't too distracting as well. So there's some different ideas on kind of what happens when you mix different light and color temperatures and things like that. As a general rule, when you're shooting outside, try and make sure that what ever seen you have has as much light as possible for your smartphone sensor based on the type of video you're shooting. Typically, smartphones lose a lot of video quality. Once you get into those lower light situations, depending on what you're shooting, you may be able to get away with it. But just keep in mind that smartphones aren't super capable in low light, and you're gonna lose a lot of detail. Give your phone of fighting chance by giving it enough light. Next up, let's talk about audio 4. Step Up Your Audio: recording Audio Street out of your smartphone. If it's far away from you, can create some pretty unique problems. Your audio can be prone to echoing and some strange noises that you don't otherwise want in your video. This is especially true when you're recording dialogue. If you want crisp, clear audio, here's a couple techniques you can use to step it up. A free option that comes in the box with your smartphone is those headphones. The microphone on their is built for phone calls to get rid of background noise. So in a pinch, you can throw those on and you have better audio. This is especially useful when you're filming voiceover work. When it comes to blogging or talking head pieces. That may not be the best option because the headphones can be distracting. However, if you're Onley filming narration and you don't have to be seen on camera, throw on those headphones, head to a quiet room or a closet or something with damp and sound, and you can get some pretty good quality audio. Here's a couple examples. Believe it or not, you can get some pretty good audio out of the headphones if you're just doing voice overs. It's going to sound miles better than just your smartphone camera, but it does a pretty good job, especially since it's made for phone calls to cut out. Noise in this class will go over how to increase the quality of your smartphone videos. This includes having a well lit subject getting stable shots, but I'm doing voice over work. One of the great techniques I found a long time ago was heading to my closet, throwing a blanket over my head and recording. That way it looks absolutely ridiculous, but sound quality is miles better than just recording in an open, echoey room. Now let's say you're not doing narration or you need to be seen on camera and you need your audio stepped up a bit. Instead of using the smartphone camera. What you could do is invest in a small Chief Laval ear microphone. It basically looks like this lava leers air small wired, standalone microphones that plug into your smartphone to record the audio for you. You can get this one for under $10 on Amazon, and there's a lot of options to choose from online. Additionally, when you're shooting outside the nice thing about these love Mike's as they typically come with a little windscreen. So when you're outdoors and you're shooting that audio, you're not gonna get a bunch of wind and weird noises usually gonna be able to hear your voice pretty clear. Now that we've discussed audio, let's hop into how to get stable footage with your smartphone. 5. Getting Stable Footage: getting stable footage. Generally these days, smartphones are incredibly great at stabilization. Usually one of two types of video stabilization is present, and any camera there's optical image stabilization and digital image stabilization. Sometimes cameras have both. Optical image stabilization is typically the best type because it physically compensates for any hand movement, creating an extremely smooth image. This is one of the most common types of stabilization and smartphones. There's also digital stabilization, which is where the software takes over and does its own compensating. None of that jargon really matters, because it all boils down to the smartphones. Thes days have great stabilization in them, and usually you can walk around with them just like this and get an incredibly smooth image . Here's a few examples shots of what I was able to get just by holding my camera out in front of me. But if that's not smooth enough for you, here's a couple ideas to help you get the smoothest image possible in the cheapest way possible. Usually free number one shoot with your arms locked into your body like this so that there's little movement and Onley shift your body, not your arms. Number two while you're locked in like that, make your movements slow and precise. Don't jerk the camera around and again. Don't be using those risks. Just move your body and that should help quite a bit. The third thing you can do is shoot with a tripod and a smartphone adapter. That's what I've got my smartphone on. Right now. I'm shooting with an iPhone, tennis Max on a tripod and a smartphone adapter. The smartphone adapter is probably about $8 on Amazon and the tripod. You can get a cheap tripod for like 20 bucks. This will help you get a stable image wherever you're going, and you don't have to have anyone else helping you film. You can just set up your shot and you're good to go. Stabilization, not a problem. You can also stabilize your phone on like books or something like that. If you have this smartphone and dr. But if you really want to be shooting quite a bit, this is a good investment to make. Finally, Number four is the most expensive option. I don't even have one, but I have a couple friends who do, and that's using a smartphone. Gimble. If you're doing a lot of running gun shooting. You have to follow people around. You need to pan and tilt. A gimbal is great because you're gonna get the stabilised video possible out of a smartphone and also be able to run around without it being all jittery. Here's a little pro tip If you're shooting something that doesn't have to be seen in real time, maybe a nature seen or something that can be slowed down and it's OK if you shoot in slow MO. That will also slow down the movement. Your hand considerably. Try it out so there's a few options to help you get stable video. Let's move into the next tips so this is gonna be transitions and angles. Toe up your video quality. 6. Creative Transitions & Accessories: all right, so we've talked about how to get stable video. Let's now talk about transitions and angles to get creative and step up your video. I've been making YouTube videos and vlogs for at least seven years now, and one of the things that I love to do is make creative transitions to spice up the video a little bit. Some of the things you can try is showing and hiding something in front of the camera to help you move to the next scene. That's a simple is putting one object in front of it, then on the next scene, removing an object from in front of it and then cutting the two together. You can also do the same thing for like a pan transition, so panning in front of a wall and then in the next shop, panning in front of another wall. Kind of like this. Another thing that's often overlooked but really does help. Your scene is when you're shooting, try and give it some sort of depth. So if you can add some things in your foreground and in your background of interest, let's say you're shooting outdoors. You can shoot through a tree or through some sort of framed object to give you some more interest in the shot instead of it just being a talking head in front of a wall. And that's it. And really just try and get creative trout, different angles, different lighting with the lighting behind you with the lighting in front of you, shoot from below, shoot from above trout everything you can to try and make the shot a little bit different. Some other ideas for creative video are slow motion video time lapses and even some smartphone video attachments, such as lenses or Indy filters. Different attachable lenses on your camera can give you wider field of view macro shots, telephoto things you may not be able to get with your normal smartphone camera. Thes small investments that fit right in your pocket alongside your phone can really increase the video quality that you can get out of it. And that's what consent your video apart from the rest 7. Outro & Class Project!: Well, hopefully you enjoy the video. That's all the tips I've got for you. I hope you can try one or more of these techniques in your own time and submit a class project showing us some of these techniques use. If you did find value in the class, please leave a review. But also check out the other classes I have on smartphone video and photography that might help you step it for your smartphone game. Take it up a notch. See you in the next class.