Kids today are photographed more in one year than we were for our whole childhoods, the same goes double for filming videos. It seems that people have their phone cameras pointed at your kids at all times, but that doesn’t mean we’ve become good collectively at making kid videos. Here we have some tips for you in order to improve the quality of your kid videos, and therefore improve the quality of memories you get to keep.
Tips For Making Kid Videos
Whatever you do, what kind of a video you film, for whatever purpose… always, always flip your phone horizontally. You’ll see people complain about it in every video with this type of filming on youtube. Yes, some videos that are filmed vertically become viral, but they do so despite the displeasing alignment, and because their content is so great. A lot of people just opt out from watching videos when they see it was filmed vertically. But most likely, you’re not doing the filming for others, yet you should still utilize the horizontal filming style as it is more natural for the human eye. Also, your kids are not long, their world is low, not high.
So in order to film a great kid video, you don’t want to film from your adult, grown-up point of view as you’ll end up just filming your kids’ hair from bird viewpoint. So squat down and start filming your kids’ beautiful, cute, expressive faces. That’s where the cuteness, laughs, and the memories come from. Photographers recommend the same thing for taking photos, and for filming/photographing your pets, as the same thing applies.
Don’t Meddle Much
Take yourself for an example – do you like to watch kid videos in which 99% of the time you can hear a parent filming asking questions to their kid? No? Of course not. These type of videos feel forced and like the kid is being guided into doing something funny or cute, instead of doing it naturally. It doesn’t matter he was doing it a moment ago, don’t try to recreate the moment that has passed, instead, be prepared for the new one. Also, take notice that your voice will be pretty loud since you’re holding the camera and its microphone.
Shoot More Than You Think You Need
What this tip is basically, is a reminder that you should keep in mind that no matter how good and expensive your mobile phone is, it will have a slow start to recording after you press ‘record video’. So this might cost you some of the best moments from your kid’s day. The best kid videos moments come from the very first seconds of the video when they are not so much focused on that they’re being filmed. That doesn’t mean you should make your kid videos long in duration, no one can keep focus on “another kid video” for more than about two minutes.
Take It Slow
Kids are little balls of energy so they are constantly blitzing and moving fast, which may tempt you to do that as the cameraman. Don’t. Think of your phone as a movie crane that only takes slow and even moves, because if your kid and your camera both move fast and suddenly, you won’t be able to comprehend anything that’s going on the screen. Slow and steady makes the kid videos enjoyable.
What are some of your tips for making great kid videos? People from these best kids videos of 2017 definitely know some.