The iPhone X has just come out, and it’s proven once again that with each new generation, Apple is able to produce an even better camera for its flagship smartphone. Shooting feature-length films on an iPhone has even become the camera of choice for filmmakers on a budget. One of the best movies to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Tangerine, was shot entirely on three iPhone 5’s. With that said, there’s no reason to not film your next commercial, vlog, or tutorial on your mobile device.
Position the iPhone horizontally, not vertically. Positioning the iPhone vertically will not capture the video in the widescreen format, which means your videos will have a wide black border around it when displayed on any non-iPhone screen.
Get the right gear. It’s best to buy a tripod for your iPhone to avoid shaky-cam. The GorillaPod is a popular choice as it’s magnetic and works on most metals. There are also microphones available for iPhones that you put into your iPhone’s earphone plug. iPhone microphones can help reduce background noise.
Enable the manual exposure. You may notice when you’re taking a selfie that your iPhone is constantly trying to adjust the shot. To prevent this, enable the manual exposure. You achieve this by tapping the screen in the area you wish to expose. When you do this, the A/E lock comes up, which allows you to change the exposure.
Don’t use the zoom-in feature. The zoom-in feature pixelates your footage. To get a closer shot of an object or person, move your iPhone closer.
Switch your phone to airplane mode. You don’t want your phone to explode with annoying notifications and incoming calls/texts while filming.
Look at the lens when talking. When you’re talking to a camera, be sure to look directly at the lens as it will help you better connect with your audience.