A Quick & Simple Guide to Filming with an iPhone

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The optics on iPhones and iPads are pretty good now. For many companies, they’re perfectly adequate for producing video content in-house, particularly for internal use.

Here are things to think about if you do:

  1. Try and "lock off" the camera to keep it stationary with tripod, desk or book etc. Don't shoot it handheld.
  2. Do not shoot towards the sun, bright light or a window.
  3. Ideally shoot with a reasonable amount of light.
  4. Tap the person on the iPhone screen to focus on them when you start filming.
  5. Film landscape (not portrait).
  6. Ideally film all in one go - don't stop and start. Keep an eye on the phone to check it is still filming (with enough memory and battery).
  7. If not adding a mic, make sure the mic part of the phone at the bottom is free/open and not against a wall etc.
  8. Work out how to back up the footage. Send the video by email when possible otherwise use hard drives or WeTransfer etc.
  9. Turn the phone onto airplane mode to increase battery life and prevent calls from interrupting filming.

If this is something that works for you than there are a couple of things you can do to improve your output.

  1. Video branding - Have a consistent intro, outro and straps so the top, tail and transitions are consistent.
  2. Audio - Get a decent sound kit to get better audio - This is the one thing that really lets the apple devices down.
  3. Tripod - Get something to lock off the device properly.

Ultimately if this is something that you are going to do often, we recommend moving up to a DSLR camera. Smart devices are certainly a good place to start. 

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