6 tips for taking better videos of your kids

May 17, 2018

Say goodbye to poorly shot family home videos. Your memories deserve better. With just a few simple tricks, you can you take much better video of your kids:

1. Turn your camera

Film horizontally, instead of vertically. If you don’t, you’ll end up with black bars on the sides of the video when you watch it on a computer or TV.

If you film your videos horizontally, the image will fill the screen when you view it on another device. It’s a much better viewing experience.

2. Use good lighting

In the world of film and photography, lighting is everything. Outdoor lighting is better than indoor lighting. If you’re filming inside, open up the windows and try to get as much natural light as possible.

If you’re filming at night, or in a poorly lit room, grab lamps or other light sources from other rooms to increase visibility.

3. Invest in a tripod

You’ll never regret it.

Not only will it help steady your shots, it also gives you the opportunity to get in the video with your kids. You’ll have actual proof that you were there enjoying the moment.

3. Remember the rule of thirds

Interviewing your kid? Filming a school performance? Choir solo? Keep in mind the rule of thirds.

The concept is simple. Divide the image into nine equal parts and then center your child either along one of the lines or at an intersection. It makes for a much more visually appealing shot.

5. Know how to use your camera

Whether it’s an iPhone or a DSLR, make sure you know how to use your camera properly before you start shooting. It’s important to read the manual, so you can ensure you get the best footage possible.

6. Edit, burn, watch

Don’t keep your videos hidden on a phone or a computer forever. Edit them and then burn them onto a DVD, so your kids can enjoy watching their lives on the big screen. We can even do it for you. Check out Yours.co to learn more.