Lumapixel’s Step by Step Guide to Shooting Quality Video at Home

Shooting good quality videos at home doesn’t need to be difficult. 

We’ve created an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to create great videos from the comfort of your own home. 

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Location 

Find an uncluttered and well-presented space. Natural lighting and quietness are desirable.
If you are planning to create regular video content and have the space, style an area that you can leave up for filming. 

Lighting

Natural light, like the sun, is going to be your best friend. Use it if you can. 

Avoid locations that are windy, or where the windows are directly behind. This creates a silhouette effect and reduces the quality of the video. 

Audio 

Minimise any noise in the area you plan to film, shut the doors and turn any unnecessary devices off. 

Speak loud and clear when recording and try to be within 1m of the phone aa you film, for best quality audio. If you have a lapel mic, use it. 

Video Quality 

Make sure to set your phone’s video quality to 4K. If that’s not available, HD will do. 

If possible, set your frame rate (fps) to 25. Most phones will allow up to 30 fps, this is still usable.

Camera setup

Position your phone/camera on a stable platform at head height, this is the most flattering angle. 

Use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ when arranging your shot. Turn grid lines on if you can and position yourself off-centre to keep it interesting. 

Presentation

Be presentable, take time to brush your hair, apply makeup or shave. 

You know who you’re targeting with the video, so dress accordingly. For the most part, your upper body will be all the viewer sees.

Camera Orientation 

Understanding where your audience will view your video will help determine the orientation. 

Typically, we’d recommend Landscape for filming, though Portrait is ideal for channels such as Instagram.