Many of today’s flagship smartphones are capable of shooting 4K video. That’s incredible capability in the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, few of us know how to take proper videos with our phones.

Today, we want to help. We’re giving you valuable tips you can use to turn your videos from merely average into professional-level quality.

Mess Around with your Presets

Your smartphone camera has presets you can use to enhance your video. If you don’t know much about photography, then I recommend looking at just two settings, including:

  • Video Stabilization
  • Lighting Settings

Activating video stabilization is a great way to smooth out your videos – especially if you have shaky hands, or if you frequently take videos in imperfect environments – like from a smartphone mount on your car’s windshield.

Meanwhile, lighting settings are ideal for shooting indoors. Your smartphone’s sensors are woefully insufficient at detecting ambient lighting and choosing the right presets. If you’re shooting an indoor or outdoor video with one consistent lighting source, then you should take the time to mess around with your presets.

Stop Shooting Vertical Video

It’s disappointing that we still have to put this on the list in 2017, and yet here we are. Vertical videos look good on the screen of your own smartphone. That’s the only place they look good. Otherwise, they virtually ruin videos when viewed on any other device. If you want to avoid black bars on the sides of your video and angry YouTube commenters, take the time to flip your phone to the side before filming.

Note: Make sure you do this before you press the record button. The only thing more annoying than a vertical video is a vertical video that switched to horizontal after filming had begun. It doesn’t work like that.

Avoid Zooming

Smartphone camera zooms look bad in photos, but they look particularly bad in videos. Zooming on a smartphone camera essentially requires your phone to enhance video data, which leads to graininess and fuzziness. There’s no “zoom” lens on your smartphone camera, so avoid zooming at all costs.

Invest in a Tripod, a Stabilizer, or a Mount

Do you shoot lots of videos on your smartphone? Do you frequently travel, go on road trips, or take remote photography? If so, then smartphone accessories like tripods, stabilizers, and mounts may be the right choice for you.

Today, you can find tripods that easily fold up into a bag for storage. You snap out these tripods when you need to shoot a video, then add a professional edge to your videos. It’s that easy.

Your smartphone takes better video when it’s in a stable position. It’s better at focusing, and it’s better at sensing the lighting. Get a tripod or stabilizer and you may be amazed at how much your video quality improves.

Buy a Microphone Accessory

Have you ever heard a smartphone video someone took at a concert? It’s awful. Even smartphones with decent audio quality struggle to record good audio – especially when there’s a lot of ambient noise, or noise that’s extra quiet/loud.

Too many smartphone videos have incoherent muttering in the background, “blowouts” when noises get too loud, and other irritating problems.

If you’re serious about taking videos with your phone, then you can solve all of these problems with something like a Bluetooth microphone. Products like that are particularly popular among podcasters, YouTubers, and others who rely on their phone to record high-quality audio.

By following the tips listed above, you can feel like a professional smartphone videographer in no time!

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