Tips for Making Good Family Videos with Dogs
For sure your dog is a "generator" of situations you'd like to save in your memory or to capture with your cam.
Still how to make a quality video without encountering a common home video making problem - pure quality of a final product?
We've collected several easy tips, that will help you to make your home videos more enjoyable to the public
- Think about the idea (purpose) of your video and its future audience.
If you want to make an entertaining video and not a historical chronicle, try to pick the most interesting moments and not to screen everything.
- Choose the location. Take a look at the place where the action takes/will take place and think about background sounds, that will come to your video.
- Plan the things you want to shoot. Even a 2-minute video of your dog is a story, so try to figure out its beginning, development and final shot that will put an appropriate end to your work
- Shoot to edit. The idea to make a video may come spontaneously, still when shooting, remember about it's future editing. If you shoot from different angles and use different depths of field (blur effect), you'll have enough material to edit and pick up the most successful shots.
- Take different shots. First you might want to take a wide establishing shot showing the place where the action will take (takes) place. Then you may take some medium shots and close-ups. Concentrate your attention on the main subject and fill your shots with it - too much background may distract attention of your viewers
- Shoot from a stable position to get a video pleasant to look at. Make use of a tripod or find a stable body position to shoot from (it is recommended to keep your feet wide appart and brace your elbows against your body).
- Zoom in or out of frame before you start recording your video unless you are doing it in a professional way (sudden video "jerks" may be very unnoying for viewers).
- Hold your shots. When shooting different objects or locations (cutaway shots) hold your shots for at least 2-3 seconds before you move on to something else.
- Edit your video. Use movie editing software to improve your movies. Be decisive to cut out everything that is not gold. This way people watching your movie will enjoy it till its end (or will want it to be continued).