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Smartphone video tutorials
Patrick Smith, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 1:59 PM on 07.14.16
->> I've been tasked with finding some good websites to show newspaper reporters the how-tos of shooting video on their smartphones. Does anyone know of some good websites out there with this type of content? Thanks!
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:11 PM on 07.14.16
->> There are only two basic things to know about cell phone video since the smartphone does everything else -- focus, exposure, white balance, etc. First, know where the start/stop button is and second, shoot horizontal.

As to shooting video in general, enroll them in community college classes on filmmaking to learn story line, B-roll, lighting, editing software, etc. Then in a year or two they should be able to produce footage that is understandable and informative. This may sound harsh, but such "education" is what makes the difference in quality journalism.

The other alternative to in-class instruction is Lynda.com which is a online video tutorial subscription service. The courses it has -- from software to shooting techniques -- is top notch, easy to follow, rich in content, etc. The downside is that because the courses are so thorough each one can consist of a dozen or more videos to watch amounting to several hours of instruction. The key to using Lynda to it fullest potential is not to be distracted. The reporters are going to have to have solitary periods -- on company time of course -- to watch, take notes and learn the material.

And for video editing using software, Lynda.com also provides exercise files to use as part of the instruction sequencing. Everything is provided for the person wanting to learn.
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Dylan Wilson, Photographer, Assistant
Savannah | GA | USA | Posted: 6:09 PM on 07.14.16
->> I'd suggest downloading the Filmic Pro app on all of their phones. It allows manual focus and exposure and is a powerful video editor. Well worth the $5.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 5:19 PM on 07.15.16
->> Patrick...

Here's the link to a Lynda.com course on "How can I shoot better video on an iPhone. It is 25+ hours of instruction.
https://www.lynda.com/shooting-video-tutorials/how-can-i-shoot-better-video...

And another course on shooting cell phone video is 9+ hours.
https://www.lynda.com/ios-tutorials/shooting-video/412679/451295-4.html

Curious. Is your employer willing to have its reporters take these courses as on the job training, or are they expected to learn these new skills on their own time? I hope it is on the clock, as it should be.
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