7 TIPS to INSTANTLY IMPROVE your Video // Crash Course Camera


– Hey YouTube, welcome
to the first episode of Crash Course Camera, I’m Noel Guevara, I’m a conservation and
wildlife photographer, and today I’ll be teaching you seven tips, on how to instantly improve your video. (upbeat music) This topic is actually
one of the most requested tutorials on my Instagram,
so if you haven’t yet, head on over, check out my
documentary, and wildlife work. Having said that, when I’m out
on the field, on assignment, I normally encounter
scientists, and field workers, who are put on the spot, because they suddenly have to shoot video. So they come up to me, ask me
for tips, and ask me for help, so I instantly go through
these seven steps. Tip number one: aim for good lighting. So there are actually two parts to this. So first, outdoors. You have to pick the right time to shoot. So like right now, it’s seven-ish a.m. So between 6:00 to 8:00
a.m. you have golden hour. I love this time to shoot, because you have high contrast,
and the light is very warm. between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00
a.m. you have good daylight, it’s not warm, it’s not
cool, it’s just right, but, the sun is higher up now in the sky, so we have started to use an ND filter, otherwise, it’s going to
be too bright to shoot. Between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. the sun is just too high, and the light is just too harsh, even with an ND filter, so your subjects, also, will be squinting, and you’ll have dark
shadows under their eyes, so this is the perfect
time to shoot indoors. When shooting indoors, the trick is to look
for the biggest window. The bigger the window, the more that the light will wrap around the face of your subject. If you have those white
chiffon fabric curtains, perfect, draw them in, they will diffuse the light even more. If you have those white Styrofoams, Styropor, Foamcore, cardboard, get them, and use them to reflect
light back to your subject, to fill in the shadows, like so. But by 3:00 p.m. you can go
out again, and shoot outdoors, you’ll have daylight,
it’s a bit warm this time, and then by 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. you have your golden hour
again, thanks to sunset. Tip number two: get good sound. It has always been said, that
sound is half the picture, and you can get away with bad
video, but not with bad sound. So normally you will
have to look for a room, or a quiet spot, where you can record your
dialogues, or interviews. But sometimes that’s
very, very, hard to find, So then, I would recommend
that you get the mic. So today, I’m recording
with a lav, or lapel mic, under my shirt, on my person, and I also recommend a shotgun mic. So these mics are from Deity, I recommend them simply because they not only work with cameras, but also with phones, and
they’re very affordable. So let me show you,
through a series of tests, how each mic sounds. This is how I sound when
you use the in-camera mic. This is how I sound when
you use a shotgun mic. This is how I sound when you
use the lav, or the lapel mic. This is how I sound, when
you use the in-camera mic. This is how I sound when
you use the shotgun mic. This is how I sound when you
use the lav, or lapel mic. Tip number three: shoot multiple angles. So this helps a lot with storytelling, because it allows you to
add focus, emphasize detail, and set the mood. It also makes your edit more dynamic. So with any given sequence, I normally shoot between three
to five angles of B-rolls, or of the main coverage, so that I will have options in post. Tip number four: film for
more than ten seconds. Now this is crucial, make sure you film at least
10 seconds of any given shot, so that you will have ample allowance when it comes to editing. Just make sure you don’t adjust settings, or camera angles while recording. By having 10 seconds, you
can scrub across the clip, and choose the right moment
that is best for your edit. Tip number five: learn how to edit. They say great editors,
make for great directors, and this is true. Editors tend to already
know which shots they need, what type of shot size they need, when they’re gonna cut,
how they’re gonna cut, how the story is gonna
unfold, and basically, this makes them more economical when it comes to the shoot day. Now for you, I recommend
you can start with iMovie, you can later do Adobe
Premiere, or Final Cut Pro, but I guarantee you, that this will improve the way you shoot. Tip number six: know your music. Music is considered to
be the fourth dialogue, because it sets the mood and the tone, for your entire video. For me, it puts the audience on the same narrative page as you. Just listen to the
difference between this, (dreamy music) this,
(quirky music) and this.
(tense music) Now, you don’t need to know the exact track before you shoot, although that will be good,
but at the very least, having an idea of the genre, the melody, the instruments, or even the tempo, will be very helpful in
determining the tone, of your entire material. Tip number seven: I recommend
that you research pegs, or videos that are similar
to what you’re going to do. This gives you an idea of
what to do, what not to do, and what has already been done. Pegs are also great for
conveying your vision to your team, making sure
you’re all aligned, and in sync. Now, if you want to see more of my work, please like this video, hit
subscribe, and hit that bell. I have a host of other
videos, of different genres, that you can use as reference. To recap the seven tips, they are: If you have other tips
that you want to share, if you agree, or disagree
with some of mine, let me know in the comments,
I would love to hear from you, and let’s keep the discussion going. Thanks, and I’ll see you soon

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