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How To Shoot Quick & Easy Video with a Phone

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias This post shows you how to shoot quick & easy video with a phone.

I love to shoot video. I do it with my camcorder, my iPhone and my Panasonic Lumix bridge camera. I take impromptu videos with the kids on a family day out and also more considered video where I’m trying to demonstrate a recipe or a beauty tutorial, but the one thing all my videos have in common is that my family and I enjoy watching them back for years after the moment or event has passed.

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I meet bloggers all the time who say that they want to do more video or are not sure what equipment they need or where to start, so I have created this short movie to demonstrate how you can easily film video on a phone. Someone like my mother would find this information useful too! She has got a smartphone now (for years she refused, preferring her old clunky phone for texting as she knew how to use it!) But now she is starting to learn about how to use a laptop to send and receive emails from her friends so they can all share their holiday photos! Her next step is getting to grips with video, so if you are a complete beginner like her, you can see how it is done here:

It’s so quick and easy to shoot video with your phone, the beauty of it being that we always have our phones with us. However the feature of my phone that I use the most has to be the camera – for photos. My phone manufacturer is Apple, I’ve had an iPhone for years, but you can use any brand of mobile phone as long as it has a camera/ video function.

Because I’m always on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I’m constantly taking photos of what I’m doing to upload to these networks! I tend to share family related stuff on Facebook as this is where I have most personal connections, but on Twitter and Instagram I’m building my blog brand though posting a great photograph alongside links to my latest blog post.

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Have a look at this screenshot. It shows me recording video footage for this blog post and I asked my daughter to take the shot you see with my phone! She got both me and the camcorder in the frame and it makes an interesting picture for social media. I shared this on Instagram to promote that I was doing a blog post about shooting video!

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I believe the the future of social media sharing will include more photography and video in increasing amounts. We used to just Tweet words, but now Twitter has more and more photos in the timeline and studies show that Tweets containing a picture are more likely to be re-Tweeted. The latest development around video comes from Twitter who launched their Periscope app in March 2015 which allows livestreaming of your broadcast in real time and your followers can interact directly with you during the film.

This means that you could take on board viewers comments about what they’d like to see during the filming process and give them what they want, in real time. The quality at the moment isn’t brilliant and there are connectivity problems during broadcasts at times, but it is another step forward in the way we can interact socially. Here is a screenshot of my phone with the Periscope app in the top left corner.

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Drumroll please……. and this was my first ever livestream via Periscope – filmed using my phone!

The Periscope app keeps the videos streamed for 24 hours afterwards then they are deleted but you can always save the broadcast to your phone and upload it to YouTube like I have done, if you want to keep the content.

So do you think you could use your phone to record video? Let me know in the comments if there are any tutorials you’d like me to cover!

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Comments to How To Shoot Quick & Easy Video with a Phone

  • Great article Nadine. Gone are the days when pretty much everything was out of budget to capture great video. With next generation iPhones and smartphones capturing greater quality footage, its opening up a new world of storytelling. I can never get enough of video 🙂

    Nigel Camp 16th July 2015 6:21 pm Reply
    • Great to have your expert input Nigel! Thanks for commenting:-)

      Nadine Hill 17th July 2015 9:31 am Reply
  • Great post, thanks for sharing

    Gemma 18th August 2015 3:26 pm Reply
  • I always use my phone for shooting videos, the quality is fab. I will have to check Periscope out x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 18th August 2015 3:27 pm Reply
    • The quality is so much better these days on phones isn’t it?

      Nadine Hill 18th August 2015 8:14 pm Reply
  • What a fantastic post – I really need to get onto Periscope and have a good nose around. x

    Sarah Bailey 18th August 2015 4:11 pm Reply
    • It’s a bit funny at first – you feel like you are watching something you shouldn’t be watching! Like you are invading their privacy!

      Nadine Hill 18th August 2015 8:14 pm Reply
  • I use my phone to record video and think it’s a great way of doing it – I haven’t got into Periscope at all though and I’m not sure yet whether I want to or not!!

    Globalmouse 18th August 2015 8:53 pm Reply
    • I think it’s really great for some things but useless for others – Live events is where I think Periscope really comes into its own.

      Nadine Hill 19th August 2015 9:36 am Reply
  • What a great post!! I am yet to do a live stream on periscope but love watching others.

    Rachel 19th August 2015 10:16 am Reply
  • You truly are a video star N! I love your tips, you make it so achievable

    Jen 19th August 2015 11:26 am Reply
  • I love shooting video but I still prefer my camera as I like editing it all on Movie Maker. Love the Stellar app where you combine pictures and video to make a little story.

    sam- happyhomebird 19th August 2015 1:45 pm Reply
  • I’m a visual person, and of course adore photography. I’ve ventured a couple of times into video territory, and actually enjoy doing it, but am more at home with still images. However, on our text holiday to Orlando, I’m planning on a bit more video footage to turn into vlogs, in addition to my regular trip reports. I know you’re ace with the video, you have an award after all for it 😀 xx

    Michelle 19th August 2015 7:32 pm Reply
    • haha thank you! x

      Nadine Hill 20th August 2015 5:30 pm Reply
  • I’d love to tAke more videos of myself blogging but I just never know where to start plus I really struggle with windows movie maker. Great post

    Joanne 19th August 2015 8:46 pm Reply
  • I tend you use my phone as it is easier although my stand doesn’t fit it now I have upgraded. Some great tips here

    Kara 20th August 2015 11:32 am Reply
  • Periscope is the next thing I’d really like to get into. It’s true that we need to get more and more visually savvy.

    Adele 20th August 2015 4:46 pm Reply
  • Great tips and I really need to start using periscope.

    Emma 22nd August 2015 7:31 am Reply
  • A great post lovely! I have Periscope and use it to watch others but haven’t actually used it myself yet xx

    Michelle 24th August 2015 10:11 am Reply
  • great post i dont have much time to video but i spend hours a day on my camera so can relate with some parts

    lisa prince 25th August 2015 10:49 am Reply

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