As a solo shooter, out on set, it can be very very difficult to film yourself and catch behind-the-scenes footage of what you’re doing.
Sure you can bring a DSLR along and capture footage on that but if you are already carrying a camera around all day, carrying a second one is going to become a bit cumbersome.
The camera technology in phones has come a long way over the last few years and now the camera in your pocket is fantastic.
So for the past six months I’ve been exclusively using my iPhone 11 Pro to capture behind-the-scenes footage when I’m on set.
The great thing about this camera is, you probably already own one and that is your smart phone.
For example, my phone has four cameras on it we’ve got a telephoto a standard lens a wide angle lens and then the front facing lens.
All four of these lenses will shoot in 4K and they give me a wide amount of flexibility when it comes to the shots I’m wanting to get.
I can easily capture some shots of me talking to the camera and then a variety of shots of what I’m filming and what I’m looking at.
Now while the camera on this phone is amazing, there are a few ways to quickly and cheaply improve its quality.
Not only is it great for being able to capture footage to use in these videos, it’s also great to use on social media to promote my business, showing some behind-the-scenes of the work I’m doing with my clients.
The first is by putting on a much better microphone.
So the one that I use is the Rode video mic me-L, and it’s a great little microphone that plugs into the lightning port on your iPhone.
If you’re on android and have a head phone jack, then you can also get the Rode video mic me which is the same microphone but connects into your head phone jack.
The microphone allows you to have it facing towards yourself or towards what you’re filming, so that you can capture quality audio no matter what you want to film.
Next we need a way to stabilise the camera in a quick and easy fashion and for that I use the Manfrotto pixie, a small tripod designed for your phone.
The great thing about this tripod as it helps to stabilise your handheld footage but you can also place it down on a surface to get even more steady locked off shots.
So these three bits of kit are really small, taking up barely any space and are great just to throw in your bag and have with you at all times.
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So now we’ve looked at the physical accessories you can purchase to improve the quality of your phone video even further, i’d like to have a quick look at some software that I recommend you use to capture higher quality video.
So the app that I’d recommend is called moment and it gives you great control over all of the different settings with your phone’s camera, something your default app won’t do.
Not only does the moment app allow to control your ISO shutter speed frame rate and resolution it also allows you to select from three different colour profiles the first is the fault the second is flat and then the third is log.
Almost always I will capture everything in log so I can edit it in DaVinci resolve later on and have the greatest flexibility with my colours.
But if the video is just for a quick piece going on social media then I’ll typically shoot in flat.
Having a high-quality 4K camera in your pocket is really brilliant for social media, allowing you to share behind-the-scenes of the productions you’re working on.
And it’s also great to be able to catch up on stuff that you’re doing to put into films that you’re using to promote your own business.
So there are a range of apps that you can use such as filmic pro which gives you even more control but the reason I like to use moment is it’s quite a simple interface and one of the most user-friendly and for doing the kind of things that I wanted to catch up with my phone I feel like filmic pro is a bit more overkill for my needs.
I would however highly recommend trying a few different apps and seeing which is going to work best for you, depending on the way you shoot and the type of footage you’re wanting to produce for yourself and your business.
So yeah the iPhone 11 Pro with these accessories and the moment app is my favourite way to capture behind-the-scenes footage on set.
It’s small, portable form-factor makes it quick and easy to capture shots as a solo shooter.
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