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How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

5 Tips to shoot better video– Instantly!

I’m a writer and director in Hollyood, and this 3-minute video is based on my book:  How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck. The video gives you 5 tips you can use right now to shoot better video.  If you like …(Read the rest)

A Good Video is Like a Sentence: 12 Tips to Un-Suck Your Video (#12)

“A Good Video is Like a Sentence” is number 12 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. Videos need to be about someone doing something. The ideal video follows the classic “noun/verb” or maybe “noun/verb/object” sentence structure …(Read the rest)

Use a Microphone: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#11)

“Use a Microphone” is number 11 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. The microphones on most video cameras are programmed to adjust their own sound levels: they take whatever they hear and boost it to a …(Read the rest)

Keep Your Video Short: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#10)

“Keep Your Video Short” is number 10 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. When it comes to video, the old show-business expression “Always leave them wanting more” applies. Anything worth saying in video is worth saying …(Read the rest)

Easy on the Graphics: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#9)

“Easy on the Graphics” is number 9 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. Unless you have a real design sense (you’ll know because everyone in middle school wanted to work with you on group projects involving …(Read the rest)

Shoot What Interests You: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#8)

“Shoot What Interests You” is number 8 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. I recently watched a video blog post that featured an orchestra whose only instruments were iPhones. The players—it looked like there were about …(Read the rest)

Turn Off the Digital Effects In Your Video Camera. 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#7)

“Turn Off the Digital Effects in Your Video Camera” is number 7 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. There is no digital video effect that your camera can do that you should allow it to do. …(Read the rest)

Keep the Brightest Light Behind You! 12 Tips for Suckless Video: #6

Here’s why you should always keep the brightest light behind you when shooting video: Modern video cameras, from cell phones to HD, adjust automatically for light. If the light’s too bright, they close down the lens to let less in.   …(Read the rest)

Stop Moving the Camera! 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#5)

“Stop Moving the Camera!” is number five in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. One of the fastest ways to make your video suck less:  Stop moving the camara. Pros get to move the camera. You will …(Read the rest)

Zoom with Your Feet: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#4)

“Zoom with Your Feet” is number four in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. It’s an education to watch professional news videographers in action. They put their camera on their shoulders, march through the crowd right …(Read the rest)

Don’t Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes: 12 Video Tips #3

This is the third in a series of 12  video tips that will improve your video instantly.  See the rest here. In the movies, on the big screen, we’re impressed by giant vistas. The stunning old West, where cacti and cowboys …(Read the rest)