How To Shoot A Video With An IPhone In 6 Simple Steps

It’s no doubt that more and more people are gaining access to smartphones each year, making it easier for people to record a video at a moments notice.

In fact, I bet you’ve probably taken several videos in your time that you thought looked pretty good. But do you know how to shoot a video with an iPhone so well that people’s jaw would drop in sheer astonishment?

Well today I’d like to give you 6 effective tips that can help you do this — that way you can go around impressing all your friends and family members, and at the same time know how to create a professional looking video without having to spend thousands of dollars on an expensive video camera.

1. Choose A Proper Setting

One of the most effective ways to get the most out of your iPhone when creating a video is to first find an adequate setting in where you want to film.

What I mean by this, is just like any other video camera you want a setting that has plenty of light and not a lot of noisy distractions nearby. Otherwise, your going to end up with a grainy pixelated video — and an audio that no one can quite hear.

Now the simplest way to do this is of course make your video during the day so you can use the suns natural light — however if you can’t do this, then you’ll want to add an extra lamp or two to make your video a lot clearer.

lamp for extra light

And to make your sound clearer, you might want to consider buying an external microphone.

Again this may not always be necessary , but it will definitely come in handy if you’re ever in a very noisy environment — or if you’d like to have your iPhone further away from you without losing any of the sound quality.

2. Clean The Lens Regularly

While this may seem like common sense, many people either forget to do this or feel that it is irrelevant. But anything that blocks your camera’s view (be it your finger, a leaf, or dust on the lens) is going to make the quality of the video not as good.

So either carry some cleaning wipes with you if you plan on doing some filming — or if you don’t have any simply breathe on the lens and use a piece of your clothing to wipe off any dirt.

3. Film All Your Shootings Horizontally

Film your videos horizontally

When taking a video it’s usually natural to film your videos with the phone facing in the upwards and vertical position. However the problem with doing this is, is when you go to watch it on a TV or another larger device like a tablet — black lines are going to appear on the sides of your video.

Black lines appear

So to keep this from happening, simply get into the habit of filming all your videos in the horizontal position. This way no matter what device you watch the video on later, you won’t have those annoying black lines on the side.

4. Never Zoom In

One of the worst things you can do when shooting a video, is to use the zoom function on your camera. First of all it’s going to instantly destroy the quality of your video which you’ve probably worked so hard to achieve — and secondly it’s going to distract your viewers from what they’re watching.

Zoom verses no zoomBecause if you sit back and think for a second, when was the last time you watched a video of some sort and saw a clip of someone zooming in on something? Probably very rarely — and if you did they were using a very advanced piece of equipment.

So therefore I would refrain from ever using this function, but if for some reason you needed to get a closer shot of something — simply move your phone closer to the desired object with a chair on wheels. This will keep everything in good resolution, while also giving the viewers a more realistic viewing experience.

5. Make All Your Videos Stabilized

One of the main ways you can tell someone is shooting a video from an IPhone is if the video is shaking — because professional video camera’s use tripods or other similar devices to keep their camera steady, while people with I phones normally are holding it with their hand.

So if you want to achieve the same effect in your own videos, you’ll also need to invest in either a tripod or something similar to keep your phone from shaking.

Stabilize your Iphone

And best of all is that these accessories don’t normally cost all that much (usually around $40-$80 dollars) — and you’ll now have the confidence to shoot your entire video in a steady professional manner.

6. Use Third Party Apps For More Customization

while you can access Apples’s camera app quite easily, and for the most part it gets the job done of shooting a good video —it doesn’t come with certain features to let you create high quality videos.

For example if you’re moving around a lot while filiming, the balance and focus can change quite easily ruining your overall video — plus the app will only record to around 47 Mbs, which means the videos aren’t going to have as high of a resolution.

So by using third party video apps like ProMovie Recorded or FiLMiC Pro — you can have a higher quality video, use external apps for mics and lenses, and overall have better control on exactly how you want your video to look and sound.

Here’s a short video showing the different features ProMovie Recroder has to give you an idea of what you can do with it.

 

Final Thoughts

I hope after reading these tips, you know see the potential of the type of videos your IPhone can create.

And whether you’re creating these videos for fun, for a special event like a wedding, or for your personal business online — you’ll know the videos you make are going to look amazing.

Also with more and more people turning to YouTube and other social media platforms to consume video content — there’s not been a better time to get out there and start making videos.

So have you made any videos recently with your iPhone, and if so how did they turn out? Do you think following the tips I showed you could’ve made them better?

Let me know in the comments below, and if you have any other questions you’d like to ask I’ll be more than happy to help you out. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “How To Shoot A Video With An IPhone In 6 Simple Steps”

  1. I am not really an iPhone fan but, I’m sure as hell that it has the best lens in town. I am thinking of filming mom’s birthday soon so I might as well download ProMovie. Does it work for old ios versions of iPhone? Thank you for this informative review.

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    • O cool! I know your mom is going to love that. 🙂

      Now the ProMovie app will work with the follow versions, (iPhone X / 8 / 8+ / 7 / 7+ / 6s / 6s+ / SE). 

      Of course there are other apps out there you can try if you want, but if you’re set on using ProMovie — then make sure it’s one of the following versions I just listed. 🙂

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  2. Hi!

    Unfortunately, I don’t have an iPhone, but I think your tips on how to shoot videos will translate to any phone. I often make the mistake of not shooting horizontally and I often zoom in which creates blurry pixelated recordings and its not good!

    Are there any third party apps that help improve the quality of the video?

    Thanks for the post!

    Becky

    Reply
    • Yes Becky. If you look within the post I wrote, I mentioned two apps that work good for the Iphone which is ProMovie Recorded and FiLMiC Pro.

      Of course if you don’t have an Iphone, I’m sure if you did a simple search on Google or your app store — you could find several compatible apps for the type of phone you are using.

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  3. This is a perfectly simple explanation on creating videos with your phone. Personally I need to create more videos, both for my own uses and to improve on my website’s reach. I have never thought to use a stabilizer for my phone but it sounds like it would make for high quality videos compared to what I have done in the past.

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    • I’m glad you found this helpful. 

      Ya I think you’ll find your videos will look a lot more professional (less shaky) when you use something to keep your camera still and not your hand.

      Also I think you’ll find using a chair with wheels as I mentioned in my post can really help you out as well. 🙂

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