Video making need not be as difficult as before. With the advent of lightweight and more technologically advanced cameras, and gadgets to help you get that polished look, it’s easy to get started on the filmmaking path.
Filming indoors provides one the luxury of a covered shoot, away from the weather elements, and topics that are not limiting either - from food and cooking, to fashion and beauty, and even book reviews or the daily adventures of our pets.
So, how do you begin to transform your home into a mini studio?
Firstly, start by making sure your environment is prepped up for the shoot. Clear any dirty laundry and unnecessary stationery, and other embarrassing parts of your home that you don’t wish your viewers to see.
It is also important to plan the pace, tone, and script of your video beforehand. You don’t want to appear unprepared and lost for words in front of the camera! If possible, sketch out a simple storyboard of how your content should flow.
Invest in the right gadgets to help you with your shoot. You don’t need heavy equipment today; a simple ring light on a tripod is useful to light up your subject/objects and not cause your videos to end up grainy under low light.
Or if you are going for a softer and more natural aura, sunlight serves as a wonderful source of lighting. Time your shoot in the morning or the late afternoon to get that beautiful radiant glow on your subject’s skin tone.
If you are planning to shoot top-down videos of your products or to showcase your cooking session, a right-angle tripod is definitely useful. Couple that with Nikon’s tilt screen display to help you easily see what you are photographing to get that perfect frame!
Audio is also another aspect a filmmaker never neglects. If you are filming yourself, a good external microphone that you can clip-on to your clothes can capture your voice clearly while filtering out unwanted external noises.
Not a gadget, but still an ingenious article -- a clean backdrop. It should be one that blends seamlessly with or complements your subjects and objects.
You should also tap on the full functionality of your camera. Learn to optimise the quality of your video by adjusting the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings on your camera for a clear and crisp end product. For example, if you are shooting in a slightly dim area, balance between a lower shutter speed and higher aperture setting to avoid a grainy effect on your video.
Remember to turn on your camera’s vibration reduction if your video involves movement. It’s a small and subtle adjustment that will make all the difference for your viewer.
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with creative techniques. Play around with scene transitions (borrow some ideas from your favourite movies!), speed ramping, angles, and using everyday objects as makeshift props. Placing your camera on an office chair and pushing it across the room might give you a similar effect to using a dolly!
Afterall, the best creators are those who think outside the box and come up with ingenious ideas.