How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

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 too after you become a pro—or even after you’ve practiced enough to reach “skilled amateur” status. (Note, though, that some of the greatest shots in movie history don’t move the camera much at all!)

But if you’re not a pro, treat your video camera like a still camera. You don’t move with a still camera—you just point and fire.  Same deal here.  Point the lens, take your finger off the zoom button, look at the LCD screen to make sure your picture is good, and press “start.” Stop when you’ve got the shot, and repeat. The rhythm you’re going for is Move, Point, Shoot, Stop—Move, Point, Shoot, Stop.

The result will be a series of well-framed shots in which the motion of the subject catches and holds our attention, without the distraction of the frame careening all over the place.

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

  1. Exactly. Some newbies feel that keep moving the camera continuously brings variety in their shoot but nothing happens like that.

    • Sure. Tripods or monopods (which are single legs you balance the camera on) will work fine. But really, you don’t need equipment. Just stop moving, breathe slowly, and shoot. If you’re using a zoom and having a hard time staying steady, lean against a handy wall or tree.

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