Just like everything in life, the more you do, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get. This is very true when it comes to shooting video, whether you are shooting b-roll for a documentary or stylistic shots for a quick social media piece. You will begin to notice that your confidence behind the lens will only increase the more you shoot. Not only will you begin to understand exactly what it is that you want, but what you don’t want as well. For example, as an editor, it is very difficult to edit together a piece with shots that don’t have a beginning and an end.
At LDM, we choose a method called the “Five Second Rule”. When creating a shot, hit record, hold five seconds and then begin your movement. Then hold that shot for another five seconds before you stop recording. This is a simple rule to live by and whoever is editing your piece will love your for it.
Another quick tip is to take your time, breathe and focus on keeping the shot steady. Especially for panning shots, the slower the better because slow is smooth and smooth is slow. This applies to close ups, wide shots, exteriors and everything in between. Once you find your style and confidence, you can start to apply some creativity and take some risks, which is where it really starts to get fun.