Always Shoot Horizontal Video - IPhone Tip# 1

Always Shoot HORIZONTAL Video.  This is crucial - really crucial!  We live in a HD 16 x 9 world so your video needs to do the same.   You want your video to look professional right?  So stop the vertical shooting habit.  Yes - the video looks fine on your friend's iPhone but this is what it's going to look like on Youtube, Vimeo etc...

Image from Evil Window Dog

Image from Evil Window Dog

You don't want those black bars - Yikes!   You want the image to take up the whole landscape in a 16 x 9 screen.  Because that is what everyone is watching these days.  Gone are the 4 x 3 standard definition television ways of the world.

This is so much better....

This is so much better....

You say "but I want to see the whole body shot."  Well step back and compose a shot. It might not be as tight as you want -but it won't have those hideous black bars.  And you really only need the full image as an establishing shot.    But DON'T Zoom.   More about that in a later post.