Cinematography At Your Fingertips: Tips & Tricks for Mastering iPhone Videography

October 17, 2020

Practically everyone has an iPhone nowadays. In today’s world, it’s harder than ever to put down! But what many don’t know is how your iPhone can shoot incredible movies. Why not turn that time-sucker into a movie-making machine? iPhone videography isn’t a fad.    In fact,countless movies have already been made using the same phone […]

Practically everyone has an iPhone nowadays. In today’s world, it’s harder than ever to put down! But what many don’t know is how your iPhone can shoot incredible movies. Why not turn that time-sucker into a movie-making machine? iPhone videography isn’t a fad. 

 

In fact,countless movies have already been made using the same phone lying dormant in your pocket. If you want to harness the raw potential of iPhone cinematography, follow along as we share a few tips to launch your career as a filmmaker.

 

Filmmaking Basics & Your iPhone’s Abilities

 

So you want to make a movie but don’t know where to start? Here are some simple tips and tricks that will help take your iPhone videography to the next level:

 

  • The zoom function sucks (don’t use it) – Just don’t. It makes your video lose focus and quality.

 

  • Use the exposure lock – Tap your screen until the AE/AF box appears. Once it does, the focus will lock onto your subject.

 

  • Use Airplane mode – Avoid unnecessary distractions and notifications that can ruin a take.

 

  • Landscape mode is best – Using portrait mode will give you ugly black borders and mess with the framing of your film. Make sure you’re set to landscape mode for the greatest iPhone cinematography.

 

  • Keep your camera lens super clean – Wiping away dust takes 5 seconds and can improve your video quality big time.

 

  • Try out different lens attachments – Third-party companies make fisheye and wide-angle lenses. Use them for added experimentation!

 

  • Explore time-lapse and slow-motion – When opening the camera, scroll to the left to find these two options.

 

Upgrade Your Video’s Sound Quality

 

Sound quality goes a long way in getting solid, directional sound. Check out either Lavalier or Shotgun microphones and pick your favorite. Lavaliers are a cheap option for omnidirectional use. Shotgun microphones can make your film sound more natural and clearer. Make sure your audio source is as close to your specific shot as possible. To test out your microphone, clap loudly to establish a reference point for editing in post-production.

Use A Tripod To Keep Your iPhone Stable

 

Professional cameramen usually have Steadicams and gimbals to hold their cameras. A new iPhone videography feature has built-in optical image stabilization, but a tripod can’t be beat for stabilizing your phone. You can use a simple clamp such as a Joby M-Pod or a Joby GripTight GorrillaPod for a wide range of terrains and environments.

Use The Best Video Apps

 

For an even better quality of video, consider using filming apps such as FiLmic Pro that can give you more control over how your video looks. The app also gives you control over audio options and is compatible with external mics. The creators of the groundbreaking film, Tangerine, used the app to full effect. Take a look!

 

Final Thoughts on iPhone Cinematography

 

Filmmaking is more accessible than ever! No longer is it just for people who have the money to afford expensive cameras, lighting, audio equipment, and editing. If you have an idea and vision for a film, you can now produce professional-level movies from start to finish! With these tips, you can take control of your next iPhone cinematography experience and create something you’re proud of. 

 

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