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Tip 1 - Introduction
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- Tip 1 - Limit your light sources
- Tips 2 - Shade your lends
- Tip 3 - Battle Backlighting
- Tip 4 - Black your tape - This was posted in 2003 so it may not be as helpful in the present because videography is digitized. However, the concept may be still helpful.
- Tip 5 - Limit you dependency on the Built-in Mic - You can find a lapel mic at an electronic store for about $20. In interviewing this is extremely useful because area where the mic is picking up sound is directly straight forward at the person. This blocks out all ambient noise on the streets or wherever you are.
- Tip 6 - Use a Monopod - Using a tripod is best, but monopods are convenient and probably less expensive.
- Tip 7 - Take advantage of Low-cost Illumination
- Tip 8 - Soften Those Background by Fooling Your Camera - This is a great technique that shows the link between still photography and videography.
- Tip 9 - Get to know your Hardware Store - for props or set up needs
- Tip 10 - Go to the Movies and Watch Television - While this may rot your brain, looking at techniques in well-done film editing and videography will be extremely helpful. I advise you watch good Youtube videos or some of The Gainesville Sun videos that are done each week by Tricia Coyne. This is like reading the newspaper or reading in general for journalists, it will make your videos better.
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