Taking great video with your iPhone 5 – how to do it

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Here are some hints and tips for taking great video with your iPhone 5

The iPhone 5’s two high-spec cameras are not only capable of taking great pics, but can also shoot high definition video too.

In other words, your director skills aside, you can take a video on your mobile phone and it’ll look good on your big HD TV at home.

Here are some hints and tips for taking great video with your iPhone 5. Ray_from_LA took the image, above.

Get to grips with the basics of shooting film

Shooting video is a skill. It takes time to learn how to get the best out of your camera, whether it’s a smartphone or the kind of cinematic camera the professionals use. Although aimed at people using a dedicated camera, the principles of shooting film in this tutorial hold true for the iPhone.

Video 101: Shooting Basics from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.


Upgrade your video-shooting app – FiLMiC Pro 2 app

The built-in video app on the iPhone 5 is good, great even. But it doesn’t allow you to take control of things like exposure and focus. If you can understand and master these two elements of photography you can produce better videos. FiLMiC Pro 2 gives you the control – the hardest part is learning how to harness that power.

FiLMiC Pro Tutorial – Shooting Modes from FiLMiC Pro on Vimeo.


Hold steady – Glif clip

In many ways your shaky hand is your film’s worst enemy. Mounting your iPhone on a tripod, or even adding an easy to grip handle will greatly reduce or eliminate blur. The Glif accessory is both a cheap clip-on item that marries the phone with standard tripods and a stand in its own right.

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Taking great video with your iPhone 5 – how to do it was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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