Photo by Steve Stockman, via WIRED
Shooting video is a lost art. There was a time when the camcorder (or “movie gun” as my granpappy used to say) was expensive and bulky, and recording a movie took at least some consideration. Ironically, an explosion of camera availability and video-hosting websites hasn’t led to an increase in home video production values. But WIRED’s How-To Wiki has a great, quick guide on how to bring out your inner Tarantino. Among some of the great tips:
Think in Shots: We live in a Jerry Bruckheimer world: fast and edited. Keep individual shots short and to the point.
Zoom with your Feet: A stable platform your shaky hands are not. Don’t zoom in on a distant subject; get up close and personal.
Use an External Mic: Nothing ruins a shot like the sound of a blowing wind or that passing fire truck. Get a cheap external mic and boost your subject’s voice.
Read the full article on the Wired Wiki.