5 iPhone Videography Tips

Ever thought you could shoot an entire movie just by using a phone? Yes, you heard it right. That’s how fast technology is growing!

In this era of Smartphones, the more features a device has, the more it’s going to sell. The list of new features gets longer with every passing; but we shall focus on only one today.

The inclusion of professional-grade cameras into smartphones is now the burning topic of discussion. Devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X recently blew the tech-savvy minds all over the world by coming up with camera features that are only limited to professional cameras.

The ability to shoot at 4K 60p is now featured in the iPhone and that saves you the trouble of buying a whole new professional camera!

Since this is the future calling, we are here today with some tips that will help you to improve your videography skills by using your iPhone. So without further ado, let’s dive right in:

Horizontal Shooting

Always avoid recording with your phone in a vertical position. Although the default video playback app in your phone might support vertically recorded videos, remember that no all apps do so.

In that case, when you play the vertically recorded video, there will two black spaces on both sides of the screen. That’s never a good impression.

Hence, it’s always recommended that you shoot horizontally. The landscape mode is supported by almost all the apps. In doing so, you can easily show your recordings to anyone on the television or computer without any problem!

So never forget to hold your phone in a horizontal orientation.

Settings

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have the ability to shoot ultra-sharp 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The motion is incredibly smooth and you can slow it down for an ultimate slow-mo effect!

However, know that shooting at 60 frames per second requires an incredibly high shutter speed in order to maintain the smooth motion look. For that to happen it requires a huge amount of light as well, other the shutter speed decreases and hampers the quality. All you will end up with is a very dark video.

So if you are bond to shoot on a low-lit setting and still need to slow down the video, reduce the frame rate to 30 frames per second. It will maintain the quality, plus it will save you some storage space too!

Choice of Lens

For the first time in the entire production line of iPhone, an optimal image stabilization feature has been introduced in both the camera lens of the iPhone X.

What does it do? To put it in simple words, the footage shot by using a telephoto lens isn’t shaky anymore.

If you are using any other model than the iPhone X, you can still shoot with the wide lens using the digital zoom. It does compromise the image quality but the output is shake-free.

You can still manage to get a smooth footage using the telephoto lens if you have a smartphone gimbal that helps to stabilize the footage.

Furthermore, the telephoto lens enjoys some perks unlike the wide lens.

The lens distortion is minimal in telephoto lens, which means the people and objects near the edge of the frame tend to look wide. Also, the amount of background compressed increases in using the telephoto lens. As a result, the image quality is more pleasing when you are recording.

Meanwhile, if you are shooting in low-light setups or want to make the background more prominent, using a wide lens would be a wise choice.

Stabilizing

The use of a stabilizer while shooting a video can take care of the jerks. Using a monopod or tripod for static footage will do the trick. But since majority of the recordings involve movement, a gimbal would be perfect.

For instance, shooting for a vlog or making a skateboarding video makes the use of a gimbal a favourable choice.

It doesn’t cost too much as well and with some practice, you can quickly get a grasp on shooting smoothly in cinematic motion. 24 frames per second should be suitable for a cinematic style but if you opt for 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, slowing it down can give you some fabulous shots!

Focus on Sound

If you wonder which is that one thing that matters the most in videography using an iPhone, it would undoubtedly be incomplete without the sound. No matter how amazing the video quality it, without a proper audio background, it will always be incomplete!

The quality of the inbuilt microphone of the iPhone is honestly a consolation given the ultra-high 4K resolution. But fret not as there’s always a solution!

The best and highly recommended way to achieve a satisfying sound quality is to use a good quality microphone for your iPhone. Place it near the source and you are good to go!

Bottomline

Now that we have reached the end of this discussion, keeping these tips in mind while shooting a video using an iPhone will show you instant results. So grab hold of your iPhone and capture some beautiful moments!