In preparing for the edSocialMedia Video Production Bootcamp, hundreds of video tips have been researched and gathered. We thought it would only be fair to share a few of the tips to the larger community.


1) Always ask permission: be sure to ask your interviewee if it’s acceptable for you to shoot the video and post it online.


2) Listen for the bigger story: Find the common thread as the interview continues so that you shoot good B-roll to support the story of the interview.


3) Use “The Rule of Thirds”: Create a good composition for your videos by dividing your camera view finder into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Place the object of focus (i.e. the interviewee) at the intersection of the top third and a side third (either the right or left third).


4) Monitor lighting: Make sure the light is at an angle. Light directly behind the shot can cause odd shadows while light directly in front can make the interviewee uncomfortable.


5) Clear the background: Take a quick look to see what is in the background. Are there funky objects that might stick out of the person”s head? What about any unsightly collections of junk? Try to remove any extraneous debris from view.


Looking for the other 5? Get those and group-specific tips (such as how to improve your live broadcasts) at the next video production bootcamp!

Madeline Riley

Madeline Riley was the Director of Publications at Stratton Mountain School, a ski and snowboard academy in southern Vermont. When she's not using social media, she's often doing something active, whether it be yoga, biking, and/or running.