Here’s how to shoot great video with any camera. Even a toy camera

Jul 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Jul 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you’re on a tight budget but are overflowing with ideas for making videos, you may feel limited with the gear you have. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom.net offers you a helping hand to start shooting with whatever camera you own. He picked up a pink camera designed for kids to prove his point. This video has plenty of tips, gives you a confidence boost, and will amuse you.

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For this video, Jordy uses a pink $80 Kidizoom camera. With the resolution of 320 x 240 at 15 fps, the camera might be good for your kid to play with it, but it’s horrible for video. Still, if you’re stuck with a cheap camera or a smartphone, here are some tips to make the best of it.

Composition

No matter which camera you’re using, the composition is all up to you. So, arrange the elements of your shots to get a good composition and tell your story. You can rely on the well-known Rule of Thirds or the Golden Ratio. There are some more composition rules for filmmaking you can follow, but in some situations, you can break them to tell your story better.

Adding depth to your shots

To add a depth and the sense of three-dimensionality to four shots, incorporate foreground objects into your scene. Add movement to the shots and make them more dynamic.

Lighting

In both photography and filmmaking, good lighting is one of the most important aspects of the process. If you’re on a tight budget with your camera gear, I suppose you’ll want to save on the lighting too. Well, in that case, you can always rely on sunlight. You can use the sun as your key light or back/rim light. You can also shoot in direct sunlight, either by embracing it or by creating a shade. But of course, if you can choose the time of day, it’s better to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky. If you want to set up your own light, you can rely on some cheap and DIY options to stay within a tight budget.

Audio

This isn’t something us photographers are concerned about, but for video work, good audio is one of the important components. Jordy used this crappy toy camera to record audio separately and added it to the video in post. But of course, you can also choose the sounds you like from online libraries such as Audioblocks.

Multiple shots and transitions

Always take multiple shots of the action. Shoot some b-roll and some close-ups; they will come in handy when you’re editing the video. You should also film some transitions, and there are plenty of creative and simple ways to do it in camera. All this will make your videos more dynamic and interesting.

Okay, while the Kidizoom camera really is crappy, I believe it makes a point. A lot of aspects of filmmaking are up to you, not your gear. After all, even your smartphone is way better than a toy cam, so why don’t you give it a shot and start making awesome videos on it?

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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