Best practices for smartphone / selfie video recording
Not long ago we would never consider shooting high quality videos on our smartphones since the results were so inferior compared to a camera. Today smartphone quality is much improved and you can't beat the convenience. We now have incredibly powerful cameras sitting right in our pockets!
Here are the four main types of considerations that you should think about when approaching the production of your own selfie video:
Framing / Composition
* Shooting in Landscape (Horizontally)
Place the camera at least at eye level or slightly above. Experiment and see what you like
Pay attention to the background
Look directly into the lens
Position yourself to one side of the frame
Allow a little headroom
Place the bottom of the frame just below the chest
When possible, it's great to make the environment your filming in contextually-related to the subject matter of your video.
* The vertical vs. horizontal debate
It wasn't long ago that vertically-shot videos/portrait, as opposed to horizontal/landscape, were shunned as an inferior approach to smartphone video recording, but that is changing now that this form of filming (is the most intuitive and natural when holding a smartphone), and is also the most prevalent form of shooting on social media platforms. As a result, it is really up to you to decide which is best for your needs.
A couple things to think about:
-What is the platform that this will be viewed on? If on Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, etc., it may be best to shoot in vertical.
-If this will be on Youtube, Vimeo, or on a website, perhaps it may be better to shoot horizontally.
-If you are going to be editing this footage with other visual material, it may be a good idea to align your shooting in the same format as your other media.
Here is a video produced at the Bok Center that demonstrates a few of these suggestions: