How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 9th, 2011

We’ve all had to suffer through horrible and seemingly endless video shot by friends and relatives. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re not inflicting that pain on others.

At Wired Magazine’s How-To Wiki Steve Stockman, author of the book How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck, lays out 10 solid tips for, well, shooting video that doesn’t suck. Among those 10 tips, he suggests treating your video camera like a still camera to avoid ending up with jittery footage:

Treat Your video camera like a still camera. The most important action is what the people you’re shooting are doing, not the motion of your camera. A camera that moves too much confuses the audience. Instead of wandering to find your shot, point your camera like a still camera, look through the monitor until you see a great picture, then hit “record.” Stop—and then move to the next shot. You’ll get a series of well-framed shots in which the motion of the subject catches and holds our attention, without the distraction of the frame careening all over the place.

Hit up the link below for the rest of the tips. Have something to add that he doesn’t cover? Sound off in the comments to share your favorite video tips and tricks.

Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck [Wired How-To Wiki]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/9/11
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