Seven tips for filming B-roll when you’re shooting solo
B-roll can add value and interest to your videos and make them more dynamic. And sometimes, you’ll need to soot your B-roll content as a one-man-band, being both the subject and the person behind the camera. In this video, Matti Haapoja gives you eight great tips for nailing the shots even when you do everything on your own.
1. Put your camera down and set it up to film you
Don’t be afraid to put your camera down, set everything up and jump into the shot. You don’t need to hold the camera all the time. Of course, be cautious, have an eye on it and don’t put it too far from you.
2. Focus on the framing
As long as the framing is good, you can end up with some good B-roll footage even if your movement in the frame isn’t perfect.
3. Use your arms
Matti notes that you can pull off all sorts of interesting shots while holding your camera, so go ahead and get creative. Simulate dolly shots by moving your arms. Also, use a GorillaPod as an “extension” of your arms for extra possibilities.
4. Don’t be afraid to experiment
While filming your B-roll, don’t be afraid to try out different types of shots, various angles, even the ideas that may seem silly. You’ve got nothing to lose. Not all shots will turn out good, of course – but many of them will, and you’ll use those for your final video.
5. Think about continuity
Just like your main content, your B-roll also tells a story. So, shoot with the story in mind and don’t forget about keeping the continuity.
6. Auto or manual focus?
A decision you need to make when shooting solo is whether you should use auto or manual focus. Well, neither works perfectly in all situations, so think about what you want to achieve and which solution would be the best for which shot.
7. Be confident
Finally, when you go out and film yourself, you may look silly to other people and attract some weird looks. But, if you want to get the best shots, don’t think about the people around you. Just have fun and shoot! And really, who cares what people who don’t know you will think about you, anyway? : )
[SOLO BROLL TIPS + CHALLENGE |Matti Haapoja]
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.