How to Capture the Moment—8 Helpful Tips for Shooting Video in the Classroom

With social distancing guidelines in place at many schools, teachers are now being asked to capture moments inside the classroom to share with families who are eager to see their children’s learning experiences. 

Here are a few tips for teachers who are looking to enhance their video skills:

  1. Think Landscape. Always take videos horizontally to capture a wider perspective. Horizontal videos have a more natural, cinematic feel and present better online.
     
  2. Keep it Steady! Keep two hands on your smartphone to stabilize camera movement. The camera, or phone in this case, should only move to change perspective or follow the action. Tuck your elbows into your sides to create a more stable shot.
     
  3. Keep it Clean. Remember to clean your camera lens. Wipe it regularly to keep it free of smudges and dirt. 
     
  4. Light the scene. It’s best when the light is reflecting onto the subject to create brighter, clearer videos. Try to avoid lighting a scene from behind the subject because it can create dark shadows and muddy your video. 
     
  5. Move around. Don’t use your smartphone camera’s zoom. Zooming with your smartphone can reduce the quality, so instead, physically move closer or distance yourself from your subject to get the right perspective.
     
  6. Keep quiet. There’s no need to be the narrator. Let the action and subject tell the story and keep comments to a minimum. If you’re outside, keep an ear out for any excess wind and try to position yourself away from any breezes that might affect the audio.
     
  7. Tap, Tap, Tap. Remember to tap your screen to focus the camera on a point of interest in the composition to create sharper video capture. 
     
  8. Resolution is key. Smartphones allow you to adjust video resolution to capture higher quality video. For iPhones go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video. It is recommended to have your video setting to 1080 HD at 30 fps or higher.