6 Tips for Making Home Movies Look Great
Home movies are family treasures, as they capture important moments that can always be treasured. By following the simple tips below, you will end up with a home video that looks like a professional created it.
1. Familiarize Yourself with Your Camcorder
The simplest and first step to creating a great home movie is
to familiarize yourself with the features and settings of your video
camcorder. By understanding these, you will be able to maximize the
features of your camcorder. It is also important that you are
comfortable with the operation and controls in the camcorder before you
2. Create a Plan
Although most home movies are much better if done spontaneously, you
can still create some sort of a plan while shooting the video. Think of
what shots you will shoot next or the story line for your movie. By
creating a plan, your home video will end up being more entertaining and
more coherent. However, if you already have an idea that you will be
using your camcorder, then a plan will help you shoot scenes
appropriately. You can list the scenes or events that you want to shoot.
For example, for a birthday party, you can include the arrival of
guests, the guests greeting the celebrant, the cake, the opening of
gifts and other moments that you think will make the video more
3. Use a Tripod
If you have a tripod, use it. A tripod is great for shots where the
action is happening in one place. Set up your tripod in a location that
will capture most of the area. The tripod is also a helpful tool to
allow you to rest from moving around while holding the camcorder. This
can also help minimize the shaking and moving of the camcorder. Nobody
wants to watch a home movie that looks like an earthquake movie!
4. Always Hold a Shot
Although there are so many events or moments that you want to
capture, it is important that you hold a shot for at least 10 seconds
before you move to you next shot. This will help you greatly when you
edit your video. Also, when you hold your shot for a certain period of
time, you might be able to capture a moment that you might have missed
if you suddenly moved to another shot.
5. Shoot an Establishing Shot
An establishing shot is the shot of the location where the event will
take place. This is a great way to open your home video. An
establishing shot will also set the tone of the movie, allowing others
to identify where the event or party was shot.
6. Use All Types of Angle Shots
There are generally 4 types of shots you can use: wide, close-up, extreme close-up and medium. Try to use all of these shots to help create variety in your shots. You can use extreme close-up shots where a person is speaking and wide shots to capture the location or the crowd.Popular P&S Cameras for High Quality Photos: