10 Steps for Capturing and Creating Quality Videos

It’s not unusual for still photographers to dabble in videography at some point in their career. With almost every high-end camera on the market capable of shooting HD video almost as well as it can capture stills, the potential is just teasing still photographers to jump into the motion picture realm.

Many of the compositional principles used in photography also apply, but motion picture adds an entirely new dimension to creating compelling work. To help ease that transition a bit, Filme von Draussen has shared a video called How to Make a Mountain Bike Film. And while the title sounds a bit specific, the 10 steps he shares in the video are universally applicable.


For an easy reference after watching the video, here are the ten steps:

  • Start with an idea
  • Tell a story through your idea
  • People like to see people for a better connection
  • Introduce your characters for more organization
  • Show characters faces for better association
  • Depict characters emotions
  • Use a tripod or other stabilization gear
  • Keep zooming while shooting to an absolute minimum
  • Know the 3×3 rule
  • Shoot with a flat profile then correct your colors

The video is just over three minutes and well worth the watch. Concisely put together and very well produced (it would be a bit ironic if it wasn’t), these tidbits will give you a solid starting point if you’ve been thinking of trying your hand at filmmaking.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • slyman

    or don’t necessarily do those things, figure out your own way and don’t make videos following rules that just lead to sameness. sameness = boring. some of the more general tips are good though.

  • BDWT

    ATT EVERYONE: Please don’t watch this and then think you’ve got it figured out. Film/Video is a trade like any other. There is only one real “shortcut” to learning how to shoot good videos; go to film school. I realize that many people think it’s something they can learn through trial and error and while that is true to some extent (I know many successful filmmakers never went to “film school”), you’ll save yourself time and money by studying it professionally, most programs are 1-2 years and you’ll come out way ahead. Self taught filmmakers/videographers are like those unlicensed contractors that my cheap landlord hires; sure, the work will get done but since they’re not necessarily qualified to do it and so the quality of the work is always a gamble.

    Ever since the introduction of low cost of HD DSLR’s I’ve met some hack videographers. Guy’s who don’t understand the basic mechanics of video and consequently their lowball prices reflect that. Please don’t become one of these people, the only thing they’re good for is making my work stand out but the industry doesn’t need any more of them driving our perceived value downwards.

  • Timothy Jace

    i have seen better…

  • Leigh M Smith

    for even better results… do this

  • David Vaughn

    “You’ll save yourself time and money.”

    I agree with some of what you said but this statement made me lol

  • Fullstop

    While I do agree with some of what you say I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve gotten from people who went to film school that are starving for work and looking to do ANYTHING for $100 just to pay their bills. I mean these people worked on major hollywood productions as editors and they’re coming to me looking for work so they can pay off their student debt.

  • Chad Andreo-Photo

    3×3 rule?

  • BDWT

    Haha, well I realized I should have mentioned that film school in Canada is the best option; it won’t leave you in a debilitating debt.