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USE+FUL | A beginners guide to video recording and editing

Have you ever had the feeling that you should spread your subjective and extraordinary vision of the world to others? Have you thought about the ways in which you could do that? Was video recording an option for you? If yes, this article is just for you. You are about to hear about my passion for videography and video montages along with some tips & tricks that I always recommend to beginners.

1. Get creative Create content even if you don’t really feel like doing it. Always try to improve. Don’t wait for the motivation to kick in when you are laying on your bed wasting your time. Just get up and get going. You can find inspiration everywhere – go to a museum, go for a walk in a park, listen to some new music. The ideas will come in mind as the work is flowing – what kind of a video do you want to record; what song passes to that vibe; what audience are you going to reach with your content; what thoughts and emotions are you going to provoke in them;

2. Take your time to work on that passion of yours Taking time off is essential, especially when you are just starting with a new hobby - not only because it requires a lot of work in the beginning, but also because if you aren’t persistent, soon you are going to drop all of your effort and give up on your new passion. Changes don’t happen overnight, don’t forget that. If you work hard enough, you will succeed at improving your skills. Recording videos and editing them is as complicated as any other art process – first you need ideas, then you need time. 3. Shoot everything and shoot often Practice makes progress. Practice, practice, practice! There’s absolutely no way around this, I can assure you. I don’t care how many YouTube videos you watch, how many photography articles you read, or how many Instagram posts you analyze - if you aren’t shooting, you aren’t really improving! An ounce of experience is worth a pound of theory. Get out and about and shoot! Your first clips are going to suck. You may need to shoot thousands before you get one that you like. But each one, no matter how bad, is one step towards being a better videographer and a better content creator. Practice doesn’t just help you apply the theory you learn, but also gets you familiar with your equipment and how different settings affect the final result.

4. Use the Camera You Already Have While the equipment does matter for videography, it doesn’t matter as much as you think. A skilled videographer can produce great photos with a crappy camera, while an unskilled one will keep shooting on a mediocre level even with high-end, expensive gear. It comes down to a couple simple factors: light, composition, perspective, and as we discussed above – the idea. If you can master all of those things, you’ll be able to take great shots with anything - even a smartphone. The truth is that upgrading your gear won’t upgrade your videography skills. The sooner you accept this, the faster you’ll improve and progress! From my personal experience I can share a lot about that – my own camera is kind of trashy. I bought her 4 years ago at a black Friday sale and at first I felt sorry that I wasted all my money for something so hard to work with, but then I changed my mindset. I decided that I am going to with what I have – I also used my phone for some extra footage. At the end the quality of the video clip isn’t really that important compared to the content. And a great plus is that there is an upcoming trend of recording videos with a camcorder from the early 00s just because it brings out nostalgia in the audience. 5. Learn the basics of editing So you’re ready to embark on your first video project and take your first few baby steps toward the making of your very own masterpiece. Ok…. you probably aren’t looking to start off that big. Maybe you just heard a great indie song that matches to some clips of the sunset you took last week or you just want to impress your art teacher with a new format presentation. No matter what the case is, you are going to have to edit it at least a bit. The last and probably most important tip from me is to explore different editing apps – they can be on your smartphone or computer. The ones that I recommend are Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro for PC and iVideo for IOS and Android. They are cheap and easy to work with – perfect for beginners.

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