Action cameras have been all the rage in recent times. They are small, but they allow us to record amazing scenes in high definition. However, to use them correctly and get the most out we have to take into account a number of things into consideration.
They are video cameras that record but their format and purpose are unique. Therefore, I’ve listed these ten tips to capture and shoot amazing scenes with them. Notes for the next time you go. This is all you need to know.
1. Use time to your advantage
Every moment of the day offers different lighting conditions and time. To know before recording is important because it helps us know how we can get the best shots. For example, if shooting during the day, don’t use your camera to point directly at the sun.
We take advantage of these factors to get a good background, and the figures to stand out. A good balance of colors and lights will help you get a picture where everything looks good. Sometimes the ugliest time, like a foggy day, allows us to get very good shots as well.
Also make sure you use proper quality equipment. Here is a list of my preferred vlogging camera that you can choose from.
2. Use the angles to get interesting shots
Shooting from the front or in person is fine, but it ends up being a bit boring. The best in these cases is to be creative and use different angles and exaggerated perspective.
Thus, it’s okay to make the background look better sometimes and also have your main object in a dramatic position if it’s an action scene. Some accessories like the tripod will serve to ward off the camera and offer other angles. Here’s a Snowboarding video which will show various examples of what I’m referring to.
3. Practice camera movements before starting
Improvisation is fine but before you start recording check the movements of the camera. How will we move, where we will put the camera? It is worth a little test to avoid going wrong.
It takes just a few minutes, but it would be a shame not to put the camera right, or we will strain something good in the background and spoil a great shot. Planning is a virtue when recording with an action camera.
4. Make a test drive
Once we have the camera, do a test drive where you will do a test record. Check the road well, see if there are difficulties and make sure everything is fine. If for example, a drop in the mountain bike is more difficult then make sure you properly prepare for it and think it through. Don’t take an unnecessary risk!
5. Keep Adjusting to Improve
It seems obvious but sometimes we forget this detail. When our camera is set in action, it is okay to adjust it once in a while to make sure you’re getting a perfect shot. Closeups are great, but only if they are well placed.
We do not want to lose the camera on the way, nor we want to lose a great shot. As you can see, this kind of little details is essential to ensure a good recording.
6. Pack Your Charger
Another silly detail that we tend to forget. If we are to spend several days out recording, Bring with you a camera charger to make sure you don’t run out of battery backup. There is nothing more frustrating than realizing that we have run out of battery in the middle of a recording.
7. Keep Your Memory Cards Around
Action cameras, as well as vlogging cameras, use SD cards to record our videos. Always carry a few so that you don’t run out of storage space. More quantity is always better, but also make sure they have a high writing speed, this is also very important.
8. Neutral Density Filter
The neutral density filter is very useful for our action camera accessory. In bright light situations, it is responsible for improving the performance of the image by reducing the shutter speed. It will also capture very sharp and somewhat less burned images recorded on sunny days.
9. Record in various sequences
When we record, a scene of action makes it into several shots. First a general and then different surrounding details to tell the whole experience. Professionals use a multi-system, but we do not have that many resources.
If we record (say) a scene of surf, we record close-ups with all the preparation of the table and how we swim to the wave. Once in position we recorded the main outlet and then when we finish other surrounding resources.
10. Good editing is key
With all these scenes, then we will take an editing tool to mount each shot and have a complete video. It is the last step before sharing and one of the most important. Choose well every time, cut it at the right time. A good editing can work wonders.
Record Quality Settings
Full HD at 60 fps: perfect for slow motion HD by reducing to 30 fps editing. Ideal for recording another, clean image. In 60 frames, by default, we have very smooth moving video but if we edited down to 30 get an incredible effect.
HD at 120 fps: softer but with slightly less quality slow motion. Perfect for specific details where we need to speed a plus. 720p is still a good format to upload on platforms like YouTube.
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