You have a powerful movie camera in your hand each day with your smart phone. Learn the video basics that will make your family and legacy video’s block buster movies. Episode 49.
In this episode, Jim welcomes John Daly, who was in Episode 45 of Informed not Inflamed. John is a journalist and media interpreter with two travel-themed web shows, Undercover Jetsetter and Undercover Foodie. In addition to his media work, he also co-authored the book, The TV Studio in your Hands. Listen as John shares the premise of his web shows, tips and tricks you can use to shoot clear, high quality videos, and why you do NOT need an expensive camera for your personal and professional videos.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
● 01:45 – Introduction of John Daly to the show
● 02:00 – John has 2 web shows that he records with an iPhone: Undercover Jetsetter and Undercover Foodie
● 02:34 – John and his co-host/business partner, Susan Anzalone, decided to use an iPhone because of its special camera features
o 02:55 – There are so many things they can do with an iPhone
o 03:02 – It also keeps the costs low
● 03:13 – They started with Undercover Foodie until they were asked to create another show which led to Undercover Jetsetter
● 03:34 – Susan’s work experience including her time with Disney
● 03:48 – John and his co-host wrote a book that is easy to follow for someone who wants to shoot their vacation videos
● 04:20 – Doing UnderCover Jetsetter is hard work, but John enjoys traveling
o 04:37 – “If you want to get rid of your bias, go travel the world and see other people, see other points of view”
● 04:48 – Susan is an expert in traveling, food, and restaurants
● 05:03 – John is a certified bartender; he’s creative himself when it comes to creating drinks
● 05:15 – UnderCover Jetsetter has different recipes you can try out, making you feel like a jetsetter yourself
o 05:30 – It’s not just a travel show, but can add an element of fun to your life
● 06:00 – When John and Susan do interviews, they’re use an internal microphone that they plug into their phone
o 06:24 – You can use external microphones for shooting action or beauty shots
o 06:47 – The iPhone mic is okay but it can pick up wind
● 07:07 – The iPhone has a light and aperture feature that can control the light for your videos.
o 07:26 – John tries to shoot in the daylight as much as possible
o 07:43 – “Always make sure that the sun is behind you when you’re shooting somebody”
o 07:50 – Dusk and dawn is the BEST time to shoot videos
o 08:00 – The worst time to shoot is at noon
o 08:20 – John shows how you can sit in front of a window and use the window light to illuminate your shot
o 08:46 – iPhone’s camera is really good now
● 09:20 – You can get eternal light, but it’s not really necessary
● 09:25 – Get a tripod to hold the camera steady
o 09:37 – iPhone 7 camera has a built-in steadying feature
o 09:53 – A gyro camera holder can make your iPhone stabilize
● 10:20 – It’s quite difficult for John to keep the phone steady with a selfie stick
o 10:42 – John suggests a way that you can use the selfie stick effectively
● 11:16 – It’s better to use the tripod for the iPhone if you’re doing Facebook live
● 11:50 – John thinks iPhones are a bit better than android phones, but android works fine too.
● 12:50 – In shooting videos, make sure that your frame is at 30 frames per second
o 13:01 – You should also be at 1080p
● 13:10 – With new iPhones, you can shoot with 4K which is a higher resolution for a video
o 13:30 – 4k is for your TV settings
o 13:49 – The only problem is it takes up too much memory from your phone
o 14:30 – Make sure have more iCloud storage
● 15:23 – John and Susan use Dropbox to organize their videos
● 17:21 – “When you’re shooting, you need to think about how you’re editing and what you’re doing”
● 17:30 – John shoots like he’s editing
o 17:40 – Always shoot in landscape
o 17:58 – Don’t move while you’re shooting
o 18:08 – Shoot wide
● 18:14 – John shares a sample scenario of a beauty shoot
o 18:48 – John can duplicate and edit the shoot in iMovie easily
o 19:24 – Even if you transfer the photo from the iPhone, it’s still clear and crisp in quality
● 19:30 – Shoot wide so you can get more videos, while still staying safe
o 19:42 – Some people get into accidents or worst, die from shooting vacation videos because they’re not paying attention
● 20:08 – In the Undercover Foodie shoot, John had set up the phone on a tripod while shooting food on a wide setting
● 20:46 – Instead of zooming in, John suggests to move a few steps closer if you want to get a closer shot
● 22:16 – Try to keep videos 10-20 seconds
o 22:56 – iPhone will move with you so move slow
o 24:34 – One of the big No-Nos in videography is moving too much
o 24:42 – Videos have to be watchable
● 24:51 – People can also go wrong with lighting
o 25:04 – Make sure the light is shining on your back
● 25:22 – The third thing to be mindful of while shooting is that windy sound you pick up
● 26:34 – Editing can be brutally difficult, especially for first timers
o 26:48 – “If you really want to edit, take 10 hours and edit”
o 26:54 – It will have tons of mistake but if you can’t really take it after 10 hours, find a teenager in your family to do it for you
o 27:26 – If you have the aptitude, courage and will—you can do it!
o 27:43 – You can find people on Fiverr to edit videos for you
● 28:25 – Find John at UndercoverJetsetter.com to access excerpts from the show
o 28:38 – The show is being carried by TikiLive which is under subscription
o 28:53 – There’s also TikiLive on cable
● 29:23 – Some excerpts are on YouTube
● 30:38 – John and Susan’s book is The TV Studio in your Hands which is in print and digital
o 30:50 – It’s something that you can read before going on vacation or you can use the ideas for your business
o 31:09 – There’s a lot of tips that you can modify to make it work for you
● 31:37 – “You’ve literally got the power in your hands to communicate with the rest of the world”
● 31:42 – John wishes for people to communicate with love and knowledge
3 Key Points:
- You don’t need an expensive camera to take great videos, an iPhone camera is an excellent tool for you to capture the videos you need.
- Create videos that are watchable and that keep people’s attention to the very end.
- Communicate your content with love and knowledge.
Thanks for sharing with your baby boomer pals. Be sure to tell your millennial friends so they tell their baby boomer parents and relatives.