Kids Expressions

The mental divide

For Videos with a difference, think of your screen as a tic-tac-toe board divided into nine squares. This will help you decide where the subject should go. Avoid framing your subject into the central square and stick to the extremes. Dividing your picture into 3 equal horizontal and vertical parts reminds you to place your subject near boundaries.

You are grounded

When shooting a video of kids, get down to their level. Videos shot from above can seem quite awkward. Instead, sit down to the child's eye level by placing the camcorder on a low stool, using boxes, or simply kneeling down. This gives for some great kid videos.

Transitions with light

When closing in one scene and beginning another, end it with a close up of lights or candles. Rather than simply cutting the shot, make image blurry by defocusing. To begin the next scene, start off with another blurry shot and then focus. A very nice technique to use when switching from night to day.

Get Down on the action

There is always some amount of activity going on in the kitchen or dining area. There is great potential for video coverage when the children want to help out on the cooking, or you are getting ready for a dinner party. Find a spot to leave the camera for 5 to 10 minutes and get out of the way. You will walk away with some wonderful video moments, not to mention spills and chills.

On the road

Add a new flavor to your vacation by getting an on-the-way video. Shoot restaurants, milestones or even road signs. To do this, frame shot that includes the sign post in corner of the video. Then zoom in all the way to the sign. After about 5 seconds, slowly zoom out. This trick takes a little practice, but once you have perfected the technique, you can use it in almost any travel video.

Blame it on the date stamp

What is the difference between a professional video and a home video? The date stamp that sits in a corner giving away your amateur status. But if you are looking for a more professional feel, don’t leave the date and time on the screen throughout the video. Leave it on the screen only momentarily.

In your face

Want to get your wife's expression when she opens your gift? Then move on for a close-up. Tight, close-up shots look extremely inviting in a video. Get shots of people when they are talking, gesturing and specially when they are reacting to a silly remark or laughing out loud. Zooming into your subject allows you to see more clearly and with greater detail. To get a close-up, pause the camera and reframe before going in for the shoot.

Driving around

All excited and ready to get your new car on tape? Here is a tip take a different angle. Shooting from the ground up, or taking slightly angular shot will depict size. Before starting the first actual drive video, get some good close ups of the car in a variety of angles and positions.

Trick or treat?

Many people become highly conscious of themselves as soon as the camera is switched on. If your subject is not responding, trick him. Bring him on a comfort level by talking to your subject. Alternatively, put him at ease by giving him something to do. Send someone to play with your child or tell your teenager to turn on some music.