In this video Hire A Camera’s founder, Guy Thatcher, shares some top tips for shooting video, based on suggestions from his customers.
Hire A Camera was launched in 2003 and has grown to include a large satisfied customer base of professionals, corporate companies and enthusiasts in need of quality kit for filmmaking and photography. Here are their top tips for shooting video, based on suggestions from their customers.
Top Five Tips for Shooting Video
Tip 1 – Power
It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are, you can never have too many batteries. It’s also worth considering the impact of the environment. If you’re shooting in cold conditions, your batteries are likely to drain faster. So it would be wise to either store them in a warm compartment, or take more than you think you need so that you’re not caught short if your usual supply doesn’t last as long as you’d typically expect.
Tip 2 – Storage Media
Make sure you have the correct storage media and make sure it’s fast enough for the level of footage you’re capturing. With the increased video recording capabilities of many cameras, including 4K video, you’ll need to make sure you have a card that can keep up with high bitrate footage. If you are planning to shoot ultra high definition video, it’s worth considering a UHS Speed Class 3 SD card as a minimum.
Tip 3 – Keeping it clean
Always have an appropriate cleaning implement or cloth for your lenses. With everything else you have to consider, it’s easy to forget something as basic as a cloth. You don’t want to spend a day shooting and then get to the edit, only to discover that some water or dust has been sitting on your glass and ruins every shot. Rectifying such a simple error can be a massive headache, so to avoid that pain, make sure you always have a soft cloth for cleaning your lens. Finally, remember to check for specks before you start shooting!
Tip 4 – Accessories
Accessories can make a shoot significantly easier, if you have the right ones that is. Sometimes not having the right accessory can cost valuable time while you scramble around for a workaround or to replace the required missing accessory. Things like tripod plates are easy to forget and misplace, so it’s a good idea to do a dry run of your setup the day before you shoot and make sure that you have everything working together and packed up in advance.
Tip 5 – Audio
Always, always, always monitor your sound! Obviously it depends on which camera you’re using as to whether or not you’re going to record sound in-camera or externally. But whichever solution you choose, it’s imperative that you have some headphones with you and are able to monitor your sound. You could record the perfect interview or scene, but if you haven’t managed to capture the audio at a usable level, then you’ll have recorded all of that footage for no reason. If you’re sound isn’t perfect, you could be in big trouble.