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How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

By Terry Sullivan

  • April 17, 2018

Not long ago, a filmmaker wouldn’t dream of shooting a movie on a phone because the quality was so inferior to what you could capture on pricier devices. But that’s changing. Consider this: The most recent project from the renowned American film director Steven Soderbergh, “Unsane,” was shot entirely on an iPhone.

Today, there are lots of reasons everyone from pro photographers to amateur shutterbugs are using phones to shoot video projects.

Like many of his peers, Christian Nachtrieb, a Boston-based corporate and wedding photographer, finds phones aren’t just continuing to improve in terms of quality, but they’re also extremely convenient. “It’s the readiness factor. Having a phone right in your pocket is a huge plus,” says Mr. Nachtrieb, who might see a stunning sunset, capture it on his phone, and then splice it into a final wedding video. “No one in a million years could tell the difference between our main cameras and the iPhone.”

What makes a good video good?

What do such improvements in video quality allow you to capture? In theory, a good video. But that can mean many things: Good on a technical level? Or, perhaps, a clip that’s simply fun to watch? First, let’s explore some of the basic elements that make up good video.

Technical excellence in a good video can be pretty easy to spot: we see examples of it all the time on television. During the 2018 Olympics, for instance, you could watch skilled videographers shoot breathtaking videos of athletes in spectacular settings. From a technical standpoint, here are some common elements in those and other types of video that you can apply to video captured on your phone.

Composition: To create compelling video, compose the elements in a scene or sequence deliberately. Use your phone’s LCD the way a fine-art painter might arrange forms, colors, lines and textures on canvas. (For more on composition, visit Kyle Cassidy’s article on, which offers a wonderful introduction to composition and compositional devices, like the rule of thirds, as well as valuable tips, such as focusing on people’s eyes in your video.)

Lighting: Light not only defines your subjects but also sets the mood or evokes emotion. Experiment with light and be aware of where your main light source is. For instance, noon sunlight on a cloudless day creates unflattering shadows on your subject’s face, while an overcast or cloudy day produces a softer, more pleasant-looking light. And remember what the legendary film director Martin Scorsese once noted: “Light is at the core of who we are and how we understand ourselves.”

Point of view: Ask yourself “Where am I pointing my camera lens and from what angle?” Consider point of view figuratively, as well: “How will the video’s point of view help me tell the story?” Some videos are like selfies and use a very subjective point of view to connect viewers to the story. For other videos you might want a more detached, less personal point of view. And when shooting small children or babies, get right down on the floor to shoot.

A video can resonate for reasons other than exquisite technique. The subject might be funny, or the story simply thrilling, sad, or even chaotic. Sometimes, a powerful video, though technically flawed, still draws us in by other means. Two film sequences come to my mind that illustrate this point.

The first, the apology scene from “The Blair Witch Project,” presents a visually awkward composition, in which the subject’s face is dramatically cropped. Also, the lighting and audio are lousy. Yet, the monologue, a horror-film soliloquy of sorts, conveys intensity, mystery and a baroque quality. You can almost feel the presence of a dark force outside the visual frame.

In the second sequence, the “I just wanna go the distance” sequence from the movie “Rocky” (2:00 in the video clip), the video subtly elevates an ordinary moment of doubt. It’s an exceptionally quiet moment, where Sylvester Stallone, as Rocky, lies down next to Talia Shire, as Adrian, telling her he can’t beat the champ. For nearly two minutes, the camera slowly pans in as the fighter utters his thoughts. What transfixes us is primarily the audio, since there’s little action. Yet it’s visual, too. I can’t help thinking of it as an updated version of the intensity and pathos you see in the ancient Greek sculpture, “Dying Gaul.”

So, good video obviously operates on a very visual level, but it can be driven in nonvisual ways, too. Keep your eyes open for such opportunities.

Start with the right settings

Before taking video on your phone, set it up properly. One important setting is video resolution, which refers to how large your movie will be. Two common resolutions are 1080 HD and 4K, which is the larger of the two.

Next, check the frame rate, which sets how many individual frames per second (fps) your video records. Common settings are 30 fps, 60 fps, and less commonly, 24 fps. The higher the number, the smoother-looking video you’ll produce. Most video is shot at 30 fps or 29.97 fps (in the United States), although 60 fps will show smoother, less jittery video when depicting action. But some videographers, like Mr. Nachtrieb, prefer filming in 24 fps, which mimics the frame rate used in cinema films.

Each of these two settings affects some visual or audio component of your project. They also can determine the final file size of the video. For instance, a five-second video shot at 4K-resolution will be roughly four times the size of the same segment shot in 1080 HD resolution. “When it comes to resolution,” says Mr. Nachtrieb, “it’s always going to be a compromise between your storage capacity on your phone and the quality resolution you want. I try to shoot 4K whenever possible.”

An Easy, but Important Tip: Clean Your Lens Mr. Nachtrieb recalls how he and a friend were shooting the same subject one day, but his friend’s lens was dirty, which produced blurry video. “Make sure your lens is clear. If it’s not, carefully clean it with a microfiber cloth.”

With the launch of the iPhone 13 series, Apple introduced several new camera features that take advantage of the A15 Bionic processor and advanced machine learning. One of these is called Cinematic Mode. This article explains what Cinematic Mode is and how to use it.

What is Cinematic Mode?

Cinematic Mode utilizes Dolby Vision HDR and a technique called “rack focus” to seamlessly shift the focus from one subject to another when you’re shooting video. It does this by locking the focus on the subject in a scene and blurring the background to achieve depth of field. If you subsequently move the camera to center on a new subject or a new subject enters the scene, Cinematic mode automatically switches the focal point to this new subject and blurs out the background.

For example, if you’re shooting video of someone and then a second person enters the scene, your iPhone will intelligently adjust the surrounding blur to focus-lock on the second person. It will even automatically switch back to the initial subject if the person’s face looks away from the camera, effectively generating a sophisticated professional filmmaking effect on the fly.

While impressive, Cinematic Mode isn’t perfect, however Apple has also made the effect fully adjustable, thanks to a post-shoot editing mode that lets you alter focal points after you’ve captured video. Keep reading to learn how to use Cinematic Mode on ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, ‌iPhone 13‌, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max.

How to Use Cinematic Mode When Shooting Video

  1. Launch the Camera app on your ‌iPhone‌ and swipe the camera mode menu so that “Cinematic” is highlighted.
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That’s all there is to it. You can also manually select the subjects that you want to be in focus, retroactively, after you’ve shot your video. Here’s how.

How to Adjust Cinematic Mode Focus Post-Shoot

  1. Launch the Photos app on your ‌iPhone‌ and select some video shot in Cinematic mode.
  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Slide your finger along the clip reel at the bottom of the screen to find the part of the clip that you want to edit.
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If you’ve picked up an ‌iPhone 13‌ or are thinking of getting one, be sure to check out the Photography Styles feature that the ‌iPhone 13‌ series brings to the Camera app.

Top Rated Comments

As a filmmaker, I can say that this is an incredible feature. However, I’m mystified why Apple only made it available in 1080 30p (apparently). For filmmakers like myself, 24p is the standard frame rate.

As for the phone, though I am drooling over this feature, I’m planning on waiting to upgrade from my 12 Pro Max until next year when I hope this feature will be available in 4K as well.

I just don't see the point in making anything but home movies, the picture above shows show a movie clip out of a Hollywood movie, with a phone emulating cinematic frames like in Hollywood movie as far as I can see it looks like missing the cinematic part as it's a bit more than a flatten wide angle?

You don't make movies or pictures just because you have a camera, you don't become an electrician because you go buy a screwdriver and a plier -you look at Youtube as it so often bad they really hurts your eyes on how bad quality some the content are. It seems like get a phone and the google it and you have learned everything. -Where I come from photography is a 4 year education and then you are an entry level photographer some with motion other with stills. I did actually complete that education, stills, well more than 15 years ago. Like many things it's a complex skilled trade, and the first couple of millions of pictures are rubbish as you know. The phone providers present that any Billy Bob or Lucy Jane who buy a phone that s/he is now a cinematographer and photographer. Thats utterly BS and a complete illusion

You list a lot of good valid points for photography compositions and sure you got a good rig. I would add lenses as a valid component as they always ends up being the key and the cost driver whether buy or rent as working the lenses can take a bit of time. I just think the phone lenses are not good enough for the works we do in my studio as we work in 100 raw mp. We use phone and other small portable cams for the story writing and board as that is just an indication of the direction.

Anyway, I'm not to lecture I sure there are many there will find the interest with their phone and then go study and learn the craft of photography and cinematography.

"The phone providers present that any Billy Bob or Lucy Jane who buy a phone that s/he is now a cinematographer and photographer. Thats utterly BS and a complete illusion"

I haven't seen Apple making that claim. Especially suggesting one can be a cinematographer/photographer at the professional level simply by purchasing an iPhone. What I have seen is Apple providing a tool that will inspire many people, mostly young, to pursue making photos or movies helping them to tell stories they want to tell. In the way 15 year old Steve Spielberg did when he made a 15 minute film using his neighborhood kid friends as actors and his dad's Kodak 8mm camera.

My "rig" is simply an iPhone. It does what I want it to do for the photographs I want to make (I never use the word "take"). I have other cameras and lenses if they should be needed.

I've mentioned this before. When I bump into a photographer on the street in San Francisco, I'll often ask the question, "What do you shoot?"

If the response is something like: "I have a Canon 5D MK3 with a 24-70 f/2.8 zoom and 50mm f/1.4 lenses," that tells me something. I might reply, "Oh, that's nice!"

If the response is something like: "I make photographs of people living on the street in underserved neighborhoods for a project I'm working on," that tells me something else. That's someone I would want to talk to over a beer.

Projects and stories interest me. Not gear. Though the word boring has pretty much become hackneyed over the years, talking about gear bores me no end.

Of course an iPhone is not the proper tool for a professional studio photographer. But I can see a kid who wants to get into that and learn about gesture, posing/composition and lighting starting with an iPhone, a roll of seamless paper, and inexpensive lights.

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How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

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Make sure that you have the latest version of iOS and an iPhone that supports recording in Cinematic mode:

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How to record video in Cinematic mode

How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

  1. Open the Camera app, then swipe to Cinematic mode.
  2. Tap the arrow in landscape mode to show these adjustment options:
    • Tap the Depth Control button , then drag the slider to adjust the depth of field.
    • Tap the 1x button on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to switch to Telephoto. Tap the button again to switch back to Wide.
    • Tap the exposure button , then drag the slider to make your video brighter or darker.
    • Tap the flash button , then choose from Auto, On, or Off.
  3. Tap the record button to begin recording.
  4. Tap a subject in the viewfinder to change focus as you record. Double tap to set automatic focus tracking on a subject. You can also touch and hold on the screen to lock the focus at a specific distance from the camera.
  5. Tap the record button again to stop recording.

Cinematic mode supports Dolby Vision HDR and has a resolution of 1080p at 30fps.

Edit video taken in Cinematic mode

After you take a video in Cinematic mode, you can edit it in the Photos app on your iPhone 13 model, or on another supported device.

In addition to the standard edits that you can make to all videos, you can adjust the depth of field and the focus points of a video taken in Cinematic mode.

How to edit depth of field in a video taken in Cinematic mode

How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap the video that you want to adjust.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the Depth Control button , then drag the slider to adjust the depth of field. Adjustments that you make to depth of field apply to the entire video.
  4. Tap Done.

How to edit focus points in a video taken in Cinematic mode

How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap the video that you want to adjust.
  2. Tap Edit. The video timeline appears below your video. And below the timeline, yellow dots indicate moments in the video where the focus point changes from one subject to another.
  3. Drag the timeline indicator button to scrub through your video. As you move it, the video’s current focus point is indicated with a yellow square. Other recognized people or objects have a white square around them.
  4. Tap a white square to change the focus point to that person or object. You can also try tapping other objects in the frame to change the focus point to that object. Double tap a subject to set automatic focus tracking. Touch and hold on the screen to lock the focus at a specific distance from the camera.
  5. Tap the focus button to switch between the Camera app’s automatic focus tracking and your manually selected focus points.
  6. Repeat for any other segments of the video where you want to change the focus point, then tap Done.

To delete a focus point transition, touch and hold the yellow dot until the delete button appears, then tap it.

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You can edit Cinematic mode video effects in the Photos app on any of these devices with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15:

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  2. Tap the Share button , then tap Options at the top of the screen.
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  4. Tap the AirDrop button, then tap the device that you want to send to.

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Find out what to do if Cinematic mode videos from your iPhone don’t appear when importing to your Mac or Windows computer.

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      Sick of digital photos and don’t have a film camera? These vintage iPhone camera apps emulate the experience of shooting film.

      For many of us, the blemishes and imperfections that come with shooting film are a distant memory. While the fundamentals of shutter speed and aperture settings persist, the process of shooting and sharing an image has changed massively.

      It makes sense, then, that there exists a subset of vintage camera apps designed to recreate the experience of shooting film. Here are seven of the best options.

      1. Huji Cam

      Huji Cam is a faithful recreation of a disposable camera from 1998, right down to the date stamped on your images. The film simulation is fairly convincing, with light leak effects, color fringing, and an overall contrasted look, reminiscent of a roll of cheap ISO 400.

      The free version is a camera, and only a camera. In order to process an image with Huji, you need to shoot the image with Huji. You can’t import your own images and process them, nor can you reprocess images you’ve already taken without a $1 in-app purchase.

      You can adjust the date format so that it reads correctly, or pretend like it’s 1998 with the default settings.

      It’s up to you whether or not you enable or disable light leaks, set a timer, opt for low-quality images, or shoot with the front-facing camera.

      Download: Huji Cam (Free, in-app purchases available)

      2. Gudak

      If you’re desperate to recreate the entire process of shooting with disposable film cameras, Gudak is the app for you. Unlike the other apps on this list, this one really limits what you can do with a strict set of rules.

      Gudak shoots virtual rolls of film, and you get 24 exposures on each roll. When you finish a roll, you have to wait an hour before you can load another and begin shooting again. In order to see your images, hit the Develop button and wait three days.

      By doing so, the app reintroduces the long-lost element of surprise. By the time your photos are ready, you probably won’t remember exactly what it was you were shooting. The developers have gone to considerable lengths to stop you from cheating by changing your device’s date and time too.

      The photos are fine, but it’s the experience that really shines. Gudak limits your view to a tiny viewfinder, removes focus and exposure controls, and strips photography back to its point-and-shoot basics.

      Download: Gudak ($0.99)

      3. CALLA

      If Gudak and Huji Cam are the best apps at imitating disposable film cameras, CALLA is the best app imitation of a cheap 35mm point-and-shoot camera. The app itself is heavily stylized and a bit confusing to use due to its unconventional button placement alongside a mixture of Korean and English languages.

      CALLA includes a few different types of films, but you only get one for free. The images we shot with this preset looked pretty good, with a softness to the image reminiscent of cheap plastic lenses. The colors are warm, and there’s a fair amount of grain, but no light leaks.

      There’s a full set of photo controls, including touch-to-focus and expose. You can also manually control your focus using the ring near the shutter button (it’s a lot of fun). Additionally, the app supports importing iPhone images into CALLA and processing them.

      There are in-app purchases to unlock more looks, with the option of watching ads instead (but that will take a while).

      Download: CALLA (Free, in-app purchases available)

      4. KD Pro

      Not only is KD Pro free, but it also includes three entirely separate film-like looks: Kudak (Kodak), Kuji (Fujifilm), and a black and white preset. If you want, you can also enable the date stamp and light leaks.

      The app allows you to choose your own development time, whether it’s instant, an hour, or a day. While a nice idea, this is a little pointless because most people are always going to choose the instant option. You may prefer Gudak’s method of forcing you to wait, especially if you have little self-control.

      Overall, KD Pro does a great job of creating some heavily stylized photos. You can mix film styles in a roll simply by changing the filter in your app’s settings. Unless you upgrade to premium ($0.99), you can’t reprocess anything after you’ve taken it nor can you import images from your Camera Roll.

      Download: KD Pro (Free, in-app purchases available)

      5. Hipstamatic X

      One of the best apps like Huji is Hipstamatic X. It’s packed with filters, presets, and camera settings that make your images look like they originated in the 1980s or 1990s.

      Although the app is mainly aimed at beginners, pro photographers will find plenty to satisfy themselves as well. For example, there’s an all-new editing darkroom feature, the ability to tweak gear, light, color, and focus, and even a grain tool.

      Make sure you also check out the Passport feature. It lets you keep a log of your photographic history using gamification features like daily stamps, photo streaks, and more.

      Overall we think this is one of the best camera apps for iOS.

      Download: Hipstamatic X (Free, in-app purchases available)

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Source: Rene Ritchie

      If you just got a new iPhone 13, then you just got one of the best iPhones for photography and videography. That’s because the entire iPhone 13 lineup is capable of Cinematic Mode, taking your iPhone videos to an entirely new level. Here’s how to use Cinematic Mode on iPhone 13.

      What is Cinematic Mode?

      Apple’s new Cinematic Mode is a combination of the Dolby Vision HDR format with the technique known as “rack focus.” With rack focus, the lens can seamlessly shift from one subject to another because it locks focus on the subject and blurs the background to get a depth of field effect. If another subject enters the scene, or you center the camera to that new subject, Cinematic Mode switches the focus point and simultaneously blurs out the background automatically.

      A good example of how Cinematic Mode works on the iPhone 13 is when you’re shooting a video with someone, and then another person enters the frame. At this point, the iPhone will use intelligence and automatically adjust the focus point to the new person in the scene and blur everything else. The focus point goes back to the original subject if the second focus point turns away from the camera. It’s pretty much like a sophisticated and professional filmmaking effect that happens automatically, and you don’t need any additional equipment or work to achieve it.

      Of course, this is the first iteration of Cinematic Mode, so it’s not going to be perfect (but it’s pretty good). But another great thing about Cinematic Mode is the fact that you can adjust the Cinematic Mode focus even after you shoot the video.

      How to use Cinematic Mode when using the Camera app

      Cinematic Mode is accessible in the Camera app on your iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max as another video mode. Here’s how to get to it.

      1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone 13.
      2. Swipe to change modes until Cinematic Mode is selected.

      Ensure that the viewfinder is lined up so that your initial subject is in the frame and is also the focal target, then tap the Record button to start shooting.

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      Source: iMore

      Have another person or object at a different distance enter the scene — at this point, the iPhone 13 should automatically refocus and lock onto the new subject. You can also manually tap on a new focal point.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Source: iMore

      As you can see, it’s super easy to get professional-looking videos with Cinematic Mode. Again, it’s not 100% perfect, but at least you can manually adjust the focus point post-shoot as well.

      How to adjust Cinematic Mode video post-shoot

      The most remarkable thing about Cinematic Mode is that you can edit the video and manually adjust the focus point yourself. Here’s how.

      1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone 13.
      2. Find and select your Cinematic Mode video.

      Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Source: iMore

      Tap Done when you’re satisfied with the edits.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Source: iMore


      As you can see, Cinematic Mode brings an entirely new level of videography to the iPhone. While this doesn’t mean that everyone will become a professional filmmaker with just an iPhone 13, it adds a new layer of fun to making your home movies.

      Have questions about Cinematic Mode? Drop them in the comments.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Ford brings impressive EV routing to its Mach-E via Apple CarPlay

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      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Leaker shares purported iPhone 14 Pro design showing no notch

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      Apple has created a disturbing LinkedIn page for TV+ show ‘Severance’

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      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Live your best life without fear; get a rugged case for your iPhone 13

      Whether you’re a rock climber or a biker, you want to enjoy your favorite activities without worrying about breaking your iPhone 13. That’s why you need a rugged case to keep that beautiful handset safe.

      Many people think that they need a fancy camera to shoot high quality video content. The truth is that your phone can work magic.

      In this post, we will share some tips and tricks on how you can shoot quality videos with your phone.

      Set your phone to airplane mode

      The very first thing you should do before starting to film is to set your phone to airplane mode. You have spent time planning a video shoot, and maybe you’re even conducting an interview. It will be pretty annoying if your phone starts ringing while filming.

      To make sure all your notifications are turned off and that no one has the slightest chance of disturbing you, you should always put your phone in airplane mode while filming – just in case.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Format And Platform

      You should always think about what platform you will be posting your video on when choosing what format to film in. You can film both vertically and horizontally, but what works best will depend on the platform.

      Filming horizontally works well for Youtube, while a vertical format works well for Instagram stories. For Facebook and a normal Instagram post, both formats work equally well.


      When conducting an interview for video, it’s a good idea to make the sound as good and crisp as possible. If you want, you can purchase a microphone that is compatible with your phone, but this is not necessary.

      An easy way to solve it is to put a second phone close to the interviewee (outside the shot) and use the Iphone Voice Memos app to record voice. You will get a much better sound doing this than using the sound from the same phone you film with.

      You can also check out our video tutorial below.


      Video quality does matter, and that’s why you should change the phone’s automatic resolution. On a newer Iphone, the resolution will automatically be set at 1080p at 30 fps. You can change the resolution under camera settings.

      Our recommendation is that you film 4K for best quality. Videos shot in 4K will take up a little more space on your phone, but will give you high quality shots.


      If you’ve done some photography before, you’re probably familiar with “the rule of thirds”. Following the rule of thirds will give you balanced and interesting shots.

      The thought is that your frame gets divided into nine equally large squares by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. The attention of your shot should be placed along these lines or in their intersections.

      If you don’t have a trained eye and, your phone can help you. On iPhone you can use the setting called “grid”. When using this function, a grid will automatically appear on your screen (all the lines and the squares), and you can easily arrange your shot to maximize its appeal.

      Equally important is the composition of the frame when you have a person as the center of focus. The three frames you could work with are: Wide shot, medium shot, and close-up.


      The exposure will determine how light or dark your shot will be. On your iPhone you can control this. Point the camera at the object you want to film, and drag your finger up or down the screen depending on if you want it lighter or darker.

      It can also be a good idea to set your screen brightness to maximum. If you have turned down the screen brightness, your shot could appear darker than it really is.

      Focus And Depth Of Field

      It’s important that you set a focus in your frame. On your iPhone, you have a function called AE/AF Lock that will easily help you set focus.

      Just point the camera at what you want to film, tap on the object you think should be in focus, and you will see a “AE/AF Lock” box appear on your screen. Now your chosen object will be in focus, and any other objects in the frame will be slightly blurred out.

      An important thing to think about is that you should have more than one object in the frame at once, as this will create more depth in your shot. If you for example only film a person in front of a white wall, the shot will be one-dimensional and can appear a bit dull.


      It’s always important to think about the lighting in your videos so your shots don’t get too dark. If you’re creating a lot of videos and are able to buy a professional light, it would be a good investment.

      With that said, spending much of your budget on lighting is not an absolute necessity. After all, you’re not a professional film crew. Take some precautions, and you’ll be good.

      Use daylight as a natural light source for your videos when possible. If you’re inside, you should use surrounding lights. When interviewing someone you should place them close to a light to get more focus on their face.

      Don’t Zoom – Move Closer

      Using the zoom function could be very tempting, but will often end up creating a blurry shot, and we don’t want that. Instead of caving in to the temptation of zooming in, you should just move your feet closer to the object you’re filming.

      Now on iPad, with Pro View and a brand new interface.

      Featuring the best photography tools on iOS, ProRAW support, RAW for everyone with Instant RAW, and many more features for getting the best shot.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Meet Halide for iPad. Packed with all the powerful features of Halide for iPhone and a few special ones for better photography on big screens.

      Enjoy the brand-new, completely custom iPad interface and features like Pro View to get a scaled-down, unobstructed view of your shot with plenty of space for your Pro tools and readouts.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      A brand new interface for iPad and the latest iPhones. Completely redesigned in Mark II, Halide packs intuitive gestures, gorgeous details, and effortless ease of use.

      Designed to be used with one hand on all phones without compromising on power.

      New in Mark II: Edge gestures for mode switching. Tactile Touch enables and disables focus and exposure aids as you need them. And three new, custom typefaces.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Halide Mark II packs the best pro camera tools on the App Store.

      Check for accurate exposures with the new extended dynamic range (XDR) 14-bit color zebras and waveforms.

      Use your ideal histogram with large and small displays featuring monochrome and color options. Perfect manual focus with automatic enhanced focus peaking and a new focus loupe.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Get started with shooting in RAW with Halide Mark II’s new Instant RAW and Coverage features.

      Professional photographers know that shooting in RAW can enable better, more detailed photos. But the magic of RAW files is kept locked away to those that knew how to properly edit them. Halide’s Instant RAW lets you immediately capture shots with more detail, dynamic range and an authentic look — all without ever having to edit anything.

      Still unsure if RAW is the best choice? Coverage lets Halide shoot two photos — one with Smart HDR and Deep Fusion, and one in RAW.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      One of the most exciting aspects of filmmaking is putting together your video production equipment package.

      Keep in mind, there is no “one size fits all” equipment package for everyone since there are so many variables (budget, type of project, locations, pro vs amateur, etc), so what we have tried to do on this page is cover some basic gear you may want to consider.

      Documentary Video Production Equipment Package and Gear List:

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Photo courtesy: Stephan Müller

      Below is a video production equipment list for the beginner filmmaker.

      This is simply a starter guide in your search for some basic filmmaking gear.

      A great place to start is with a video camera and build from there.

      Video Camera

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      A video camera is the centerpiece of your filmmaking gear package. What camera you choose depends on your budget, the type of shooting you’re doing (static, stealth, run-and-gun, etc.) and where you plan to showcase your film (web-only, theater, broadcast, etc). You can shoot a documentary on anything from your iPhone to a DSLR to a top of line digital cinema camera such as the RED. Whatever camera you choose, make sure you capture excellent audio. 


      A necessary piece of equipment to keep your footage looking steady and professional.

      Get a tripod with a fluid head for smoother looking pans.   

      Camera Light

      Sometimes a nice pop of light from the camera can help fill in ugly shadows. A camera light is a nice accessory to have especially in a documentary/news style shoot where you might not have time for a full 3-point lighting set-up.

      Three-Point Lighting Kit

      You only really need a lighting kit if you’re planning to do a lot of shooting inside. Creating a well lit scene usually involves a 3-way lighting set-up. 

      Shotgun Microphone

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Great audio often separates the pros from the amateurs. Having a shotgun mic prepares you for almost every situation. It’s perfect for setting on top of your camera or a boom pole.

      Boom Pole

      A boom mic set-up comes in handy to capture audio from a group interview, crowd scenes or any situation where you need to gather professional audio quickly. In addition to the boom pole (right), you’ll need a shockmount and a shotgun mic.

      Shock Mount

      Here’s the simple gadget needed to turn your shotgun mic into a boom pole mic. A shock mount keeps the mic steady on top of the pole and prevents the mic from picking up “bumping” sounds when the pole is moving around. 

      Audio (XLR) Cables

      If you plan to use a professional audio set-up with your camcorder, you’ll need XLR cables to go from your camera to the mic.  

      Wireless Microphone

      Sure, you can use a “wired mic” which is a bit less expensive, but I wouldn’t go on a documentary shoot without my wireless microphone. Unless you have an audio person who can hold a boom mic, this is the next best thing providing tons of flexibility for walk-and-talk interviews with your subjects. 

      Recommended wireless mic system (this is what we own): Sennheiser EW 112P

      Or try the less expensive and popular Rode RodeLink Wireless System.

      Portable Digital Audio Recorder

      If you decide to shoot your documentary with a DSLR such as the Canon 5D Mark IV, it’s highly recommended that you either get an external mic or portable audio recorder such as the Zoom H5 (left).


      Getting great audio means monitoring the sound at all times while shooting. Find a good quality, comfortable set of headphones to make sure you avoid any nasty audio surprises when you get back from the shoot.

      Light Reflector

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      This is a must-have item for your documentary filmmaking kit. A light reflector can turn an ugly amateur-looking shot into a golden and gorgeously lit scene. 

      Lenses: Wide Angle, Clear “Protective” Lens, Polarizer, Zoom Lens, Macros, etc.

      Have you ever seen those cool fish-eye scenes? That’s from using a special wide angle lens. If you’re shooting in super sunny situations, an ND filter or circular polarizer can dramatically improve the image. Or what about super close-ups of a bug or flower, that’s when you need a macro lens.

      3-4 Extra Batteries

      You never want to get caught without enough batteries out on a shoot. Unless you’re heading out into the Amazon, 3-4 extra batteries should be enough for most shooting situations.

      Video Tapes, Flash Memory Cards or DVD’s (depending on your camera)

      You’ll need somewhere to record all that footage you’ll be shooting.

      External Hard Drive

      A portable hard drive comes in handy if you plan to do a lot of shooting in the field and need to offload your footage from your camera’s memory cards.  

      We love the rugged lacies (left).

      Video/Photo Camera Bag

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Of course, now that you have all your gear, you need something sturdy and weatherproof to put it in. Lots of great choices here. Just pick something you like that fits the type of shooting you plan to do.

      DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      If you’re shooting with a DSLR, putting your camera on a shoulder mount can add a nice professional touch. It’s especially helpful if you don’t want to use a tripod and a rig creates smoother-looking footage in a “run-and-gun” shooting situation.

      Specialty Gear for the “Cool” Shots:

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      If you’re ready to take your filmmaking up a notch, try some of these specialty video production equipment items to get those cool Hollywood-looking shots.

      We’ll dive deep on a few editing tricks you can use to get that film look to your mobile images using VSCO.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Film photography has become increasingly popular as of late, though not surprisingly so. People love the nostalgic feel to the grainy, dusty frames that 35mm film can seamlessly capture. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to compare images from that of an old Canon EOS SLR to an iPhone? Well, now you can.

      After we showcase a few of the compelling contrasts and similarities, we’ll dive deep on a few editing tricks you can use to get that film-y look to your mobile images using VSCO (a fan favorite!). Regardless if you have an iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy — these tips will apply to you.

      Note: 1.) all mobile images are captured on an iPhone on the camera’s native wide lens, 2.) all film images are captured on a Canon EOS 2000 SLR with Kodak Portra 400 film stock. Only the mobiles images are edited to match the film images, using the tips below.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

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      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Overall verdict? It looks like the iPhone captures better detail in the dynamic range than the 35mm film camera. But the 35mm film camera portrays skin tones that are much less mucky and more punchy than the iPhone. The visual comparison also makes it easy to note the differences in contrast: the 35mm film wins. but is that the look people like? It’s a 50/50.

      What do you think?

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      VSCO is a fantastic tool to use when you want to achieve that film-like nostalgic vibe. They make various presets that, quite literally, are made to mimic old analog photography filters. There are differences in the types of presets, however, between the App and the ones you use in Lightroom. So before you plug and play, let’s break down what those presets are and how they can help:

      VSCO App Presets

      There are tons of App presets VSCO so lovingly gifts to mobile photographers and videographers (yup, with VSCO X you can apply those same presets to video!). But which ones will give you the greatest film look? There are a few to choose from below.

      A4 – Made to mimic old sepia-tones analogue footage, this preset will heighten any dynamic range you encounter

      A5 – Deep blues in the shadows with bright highlights.

      A6 – The perfect go-to if you want a minimalistic edit with lots of contrast and deep vibrance.

      KP1 – Kodak Portra 160 with creamy highlights and punched blacks.

      KP4 – Kodak Portra 400 for perfecting various skin tones.

      KP9 – A fun one to add in if you want unique coloring with purples and greens (still mimics the Kodak 100T series.

      VSCO Lightroom Presets

      I personally recommend using the Kodak Portra series, as these perfect various skin tones and color corrections. If you’re a film freak, like myself, then I’m sure you already know everything there is to know about these three stocks, but in case you don’t, each number represents the ISO.

      Kodak Portra 160 Series – Creamy, warm highlights and purple-ish shadows. A slight hint of green to the highlights and an excellent stock to use for bright light.

      Kodak Portra 400 Series – The go-to for an everyday film stock. Deep, warm highlights with sunny brown shadows and a touch of gold.

      Kodak Portra 800 Series – This one’s the most grainy, but perfect for darker environments as the ISO has to compensate for low light scenarios.

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      We generally take our smartphones with us everywhere we go and are increasingly turning to them as our primary camera.

      If you're going to be using your smartphone to capture video, it's worth your time to learn how to get the most out of it. With a few composition conventions, features like time-lapse and slow motion, and editing apps like iMovie and Google Photos, you can create impressive content entirely on your phone.


      Generally, you should opt for the highest quality available on your device. For most recent phones that will be 4K, which you can find in your settings.

      The sensors on smartphone cameras function best when you have plenty of light. The best time to shoot outside is during Magic Hour, the few hours after sunrise and before sunset. If you are photographing people, try to keep them in the shade so they aren't blasted with harsh sunlight.

      If shooting inside, put your subject near a light source. Natural light from a window works great. Also, make sure your subject is not too backlit.

      Third-party camera apps

      Filmic Pro is a highly regarded third-party app, and my favorite to use when I want to have the most control over video. It gives you manual access to all your cameras features, as well as functions available on more professional cameras.


      Activate the grid on your camera app and use it to help frame your subjects when filming. This helps you adhere to the composition convention of the rule of thirds. Try to be conscientious of this when framing your shots and align points of interest to the intersecting points of the grid.

      When shooting video, try to keep as still as possible. Even though most phones have some form of stabilization, it's best to minimize movement. If you can, use a tripod to keep everything stationary and composed. Amazon has quite a few cheap options to choose from that will work great.

      Most microphones on phones are omnidirectional, meaning they pick up noise from all directions. This may be great when you're casually capturing a scene with natural sound but can be a problem if you're trying to record clean audio of someone talking.

      Take your subject somewhere quiet and try to stand nearby. I also recommend getting a microphone for your phone, which you can buy online. Clean audio differentiates pro from amateur video, so don't overlook it.


      Another thing to think about when you're shooting video is how you plan to use it. This will dictate which orientation you want to capture it in. Most of the time you will want to shoot with your phone on its side.

      As a pro shooter, I always shoot this way because most of the time that's how the content will be watched. But if you want to shoot an Instagram story or post to Snapchat, you will want to shoot vertically to avoid having the apps crop your video.

      Slow Motion

      Slow-motion video can be a lot of fun. This feature works best when you have plenty of light and you're shooting a fast-moving object. Depending on the model you have, you can choose different frame rates. The higher the frame rate, the slower the video.

      Time-lapse is another time distortion perspective that can be really cool. When capturing a time-lapse, you want to keep the camera as still as possible, ideally attaching it to a tripod. Depending on how long you plan to film, you may want to plug your phone in so it doesn't die. Shoot scenes that will have some sort of change over time, such as a scenic vista with lots of stuff happening, or a busy area with people milling about.

      Hyperlapse is a variation of time-lapse that involves motion. The easiest way to capture this is using the app Hyperlapse on Apple devices and Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile on Android. These are great for when you're on the move.

      Use iMovie on iOS to take all the videos from your trip and edit them together with music and effects. Google Photos also has some options to do this and makes it really easy to share with family and friends.

      Upload to YouTube or Vimeo

      Once your movie is complete you can upload it to YouTube or Vimeo for free and clear space on your phone.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      There’s been a lot of buzz from both video makers and photographers about the camera capabilities of Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro since it launched last fall. With its three-camera lenses, an updated A15 Bionic chip for processing, up to 1TB of storage and new features like Cinematic shooting mode, it’s no surprise the iPhone 13 Pro ended up on a number of best gear of the year lists in 2021.

      If you are a video shooter with a phone upgrade on the horizon, there’s a lot to like about having a pocket-sized camera for capturing 4K footage on the fly. But is the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera actually good enough to compete with a professional video setup?

      While that may still be debatable, over the last month Apple has released a handful of impressive promotional videos with the tagline “Hollywood in your pocket,” demonstrating the video features on the new phone including Cinematic mode, Advanced Low Light Video and 3x Optical Zoom. Let’s take a look and see if they’re ready for prime time.

      Cinematic Mode

      In the clip above showing off Cinematic mode we see two detectives sitting in a car having a discussion that alludes to the focus capabilities of the iPhone 13 Pro. The detective behind the wheel remains tack sharp, while the detective in the passenger’s seat is in soft focus.

      At the 46-second mark we see the detective behind the wheel turn to his colleague in the passenger’s seat and the point of focus shifts during a key moment of dialogue. At this moment the phone is using machine learning to replicate a technique called focus racking that can take years behind the camera to perfect. It’s a specialized job that on a commercial video shoot or film set is handled by an assistant camera person.

      The effect looks pretty nice in this clip, although it’s certainly not as precise as what you might get with a skilled focus puller. And, as many early reviewers pointed out, when you are shooting in Cinematic mode, the phone’s footage caps at 1080p and can only be shot at 30fps. There’s no option for 4K or 24p, which the iPhone 13 Pro can capture otherwise.

      Although we certainly like Cinematic mode in the new iPhone and see how it might influence the look and feel of online video in the next few years, we’re not ready to say it’s impressive enough of a feature to replace a professional camera—especially given the limitations of 1080p.

      Advanced Low Light Video

      In the second clip above spotlighting the iPhone 13 Pro’s “advanced low light video” capabilities, we see a woman wandering through her home at night following a mysterious voice that seems to be coming from the basement. If you’ve shot video with a smartphone in the last decade you know quality degrades quickly when you aren’t shooting in bright conditions.

      The newest version of the iPhone performs 47 percent better, according to Apple, than the iPhone 12 thanks in part to the F/1.8 aperture found on all three of the phone’s lenses. In the sample above we see this as the woman descends the steps into her basement and video quality stays crisp, even with a warm backlight behind her. We think this new feature has some real potential when it comes to capturing nightlife and live events.

      3x Optical Zoom

      The third and final clip shows off the iPhone 13 Pro’s 3x optical zoom. Shot in black and white, the footage starts on a very wide angle of a man sitting in an armchair staring into the middle distance. The phone’s camera begins to slowly zoom in on the man as a woman enters the frame and calls out to him. “This slow unnerving zoom suggests that you are descending into madness,” she says. By the time the clip ends the man’s face has essentially filled the frame—all without losing any noticeable video quality—something that’s hard to find on a smartphone from a few years ago.

      As the sample videos show, the new camera system on the iPhone 13 Pro is really impressive when it comes to video capture, but there are some drawbacks, the 1080p footage cap and fps limitations when shooting in Cinematic mode being the most glaring. It means you won’t get the kind of resolution offered by a dedicated video camera and it really limits how the footage can ultimately be used.

      But for projects that will primarily be viewed on small screens like your phone, this does seem like an impressive capture tool when paired with a smartphone gimbal. The iPhone 13 Pro might not quite be #HollywoodInYourPocket, but it has the video chops to serve as a BTS (behind-the-scenes) camera or one for shooting clips for social media. It definitely makes us curious about what Apple has in store for the video features we will see in an iPhone 14 Pro.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Phones? Or do I mean cameras that can make calls and send texts? That’s how I feel about the state of smartphones these days and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? They’re off the charts. iPhone 7 has been out for about four months now, which has given us plenty of time to dive into the incredible camera features that this new phone has to offer. I won’t pretend like there aren’t lots of other great smartphones on the market with remarkable photography/video capabilities, but for the purpose of this article I’m going to focus on what I know and love, the iPhone 7 plus.

      Personally, I find one of the most exciting realizations about camera quality this good is the ability to produce video at a wildly high standard. It’s so good that businesses, musicians, and filmmakers are using their iPhone to create company content, music videos, and full-length films. Talk about a revolution!

      Well, okay. It’s a video revolution.

      The cost of a decent video camera in the 1980s ranged into the thousands, and the world’s first offline non-linear video editing program (CMX 600) came with the price tag of $250,000 (seriously) when first introduced. Only network news companies could afford such a thing. Living in times with video production and editing software as good and affordable as it has indeed changed how we spend money, creative time and energy.

      Why you should get on board with producing video content.

      All of this is good and well, but you might be wondering what this means for you. As you’re probably well aware, we as a society have gone video crazy, and without a doubt, it’s our number one choice for the consumption of content. Aside from the entertainment value, I believe this has to do with the convenience factor. In a go-go world with so much information, we don’t have the time to read every think piece that piques our interest. We need as much info as possible in a short period, making video our format of choice. So, if you’re a content marketer who’s making a company explainer video, a musician filming a cover for your YouTube channel or an indie filmmaker making a film; a great video is now easier and more affordable to achieve, but here’s the catch. Despite all these great things we still need to know how to wield the tools correctly to make the best end product.

      I find the psychology behind our love of video to be really fascinating. Check out some of my favourite statistics/facts on the power of video:

      • People remember 50% more from a video than they do written text.
      • The brain processes video 60,000x faster than text.
      • A video is a form of escapism.
      • We build emotional, empathetic connections with visuals.

      What’s new and special about the iPhone 7 Plus Camera?

      Not one, but two 12 megapixel lenses on the back of the iPhone 7 plus. One is a wide-angle lens, and the other is telephoto. The aperture of the wide angle is f/1.8, and the telephoto aperture is f/2.8. The two lenses work in conjunction to offer a high-res optical zoom. The dual-lens is a brand new feature for the iPhone lineup.
      Here are some of the tech specs from Apple’s website:

      • 4K video recording at 30 fps
      • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
      • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
      • Optical image stabilization for video
      • Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
      • Quad-LED True Tone flash
      • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
      • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
      • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
      • Continuous autofocus video
      • Body and face detection
      • Noise reduction
      • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
      • Playback zoom
      • Video geotagging

      (Source; Apple)

      We can’t mention new camera features without mentioning ‘Portrait Mode’.

      A new and exciting feature on the 7 plus is the portrait mode feature. Previously, we never had control over the depth of field when taking photos on the iPhone. The two rear cameras make it possible to blend two images into one resulting in a sharp, focused foreground subject with a blurred background. This works well for portraits, hence the portrait mode! We can now achieve a style that is similar to high-end DSLR cameras that capture a shallow depth of field.

      Fun fact: The soft blurriness in the background of a portrait photo is called “bokeh.” Bokeh is a term that came from the Japanese.

      Enable 4K Video Recording

      4k video aka ultra high definition video is available on both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. Although out of the box the default mode is set to 1080p HD at 60 fps. Let’s change that. As you could have probably guessed, higher the definition means the bigger the file size. It’s something to be aware of if you’re a shutterbug. One minute of 4K video is equal to approx. 350 MB of space.

      The camera on your average smartphone rivals even dedicated digital cameras. And when compared to stand-alone cameras even a couple of years old, the newest iPhone often comes out on top.

      To harness the power in your pocket or upgrade the bare-bones video recording app on your iPhone or Android device, try one of these top third-party options.

      FiLMic Pro

      The best interface among available options.

      Full range of professional features.

      Output comparable with pro-grade camcorders.

      Novice videographers will be totally overwhelmed.

      Getting good footage requires good skills.

      FiLMic Pro is powerful, feature-rich, and ready to line up against any other video application and come out on top. In addition to manual controls for virtually every function, the app brings features from professional video cameras, such as zebra stripes for exposure warnings, focus peaking, and log gamma curve recording for later color grading.

      You'll also find more common features like frame rates from 24 to 240 and various file format options. Audio recording is equally professional, with granular controls and advanced tools for experienced filmmakers.

      If you're serious about recording video on your iPhone, this is the app you need. You will, however, pay for it. The app costs $15 and offers in-app purchases for many of the most professional features.

      It has never been easier for anyone with a smartphone or a digital camera to record their own video footage and broadcast it to anyone. Simply pull the smartphone from your pocket, click record, and you have footage you can edit and distribute instantly.

      But, it takes more than that for your footage to look professional.

      Here are some quick tips for creating up-to-scratch videos with a smartphone or digital camera.

      1. Don’t shoot vertical video

      For some reason, tech-giants made it an option to record vertical or portrait footage with a smartphone. While this may make sense with a device which has a screen in portrait orientation, this does not translate well on any other device. Vertical video syndrome is real. Computer monitors, televisions, even websites, all have landscape-oriented displays. You wouldn’t expect to go to the cinema and see the screen turned on its side. We live in a widescreen world.

      Although there are apps that can counter this, do the world and yourself a favour by turning your phone on its side and recording horizontal footage.

      2. Use a tripod

      I have pretty steady hands while I’m recording video, but if I intended to edit multiple takes with my footage later, these slight movements will ruin the professionalism of my video. Using a tripod to stablise your footage is paramount in creating a professional video.

      Most digital cameras can be used with a lot of basic tripods, and there are adapter clips for smartphones that can work with these tripods too. You’ll never have unstable footage again.

      3. Don’t use digital zoom

      Sometimes it can be tempting to use the zoom feature on your smartphone to get a closer shot of your subject, but since the lens isn’t zooming optically, you’re just enlarging the picture digitally. This results in one thing: pixels.

      If you want to zoom in with a smartphone without it looking like pixelated garbage, then simply walk closer to your subject. Simple.

      4. Lighting

      Using the flash on a smartphone or digital camera to lighten a subject gives it that old VHS camcorder spotlight appearance. Something like Blair Witch Project. It can’t compare to off-camera lighting. There are plenty of lighting kits out there, some you can even build yourself out of supplies from B&Q.

      My favourite lighting source to use is free and accessible for almost everyone: the sun. Natural lighting looks great in almost every instance. Face your subject toward a window for great natural light. Never have the window behind the subject though or else you’ll be left with a silhouette.

      5. Exposure and focus

      Smartphones and digital cameras will automatically detect and adjust exposure and focus accordingly. It’s great for taking quick snaps, but ideally while recording you’ll want to have more manual control and lock these down so they don’t adjust and leave your footage over-exposed and out of focus.

      Simply tap on your subject using your smartphone’s default app to manually lock exposure and focus in your footage. This can be adjusted whilst filming. Most modern digital cameras also offer this tap feature. If not, a ‘half-press’ of the capture button will do this.

      6. Audio recording

      Most of the time, recording audio directly from the camera’s built-in microphone will suffice, but in professional videos, namely interviews, you will want to have a microphone as close to your subject as possible.

      You can use an external professional microphone hooked up to computer to record your audio, or a memo recorder, but I prefer to use a second smartphone placed directly above the subject using a voice memo app. I would then sync this captured audio to the video footage in the editing phase later on.

      7. Clip-on lenses

      You might encounter an instance where you would like to widen your shot, or focus on a subject that is super close. Luckily, clip-on optical lenses for smartphones are super affordable for wide or macro shots.

      I’d advise that the best use of these lenses is for B-roll footage rather than for using them in an interview circumstance.

      8. Slow motion: Do not over-use it

      Most smartphones come with slow motion and timelapse features installed in their default camera applications. These are great at capturing some awesome footage, but there is a right time to use them.

      Slow motion videos can be used to capture interesting movements that we skip with our eyes. Action shots are great in slow motion, but someone writing a message with a pencil might not be so interesting.

      Timelapse videos are great at capturing movement over a period of time. The clouds moving, the sun setting, or a people walking through a busy street.


      If you are conducting video interviews of any type that will later be published, then it is imperative that you require permission from the interviewee before filming. They should be made fully aware of the context in which the footage will be used and where it will be published.

      Learn how to edit raw footage in any video format with Adobe Premiere Pro. From establishing shot to end credits — and every two shot and cutaway along the way — easily apply editing techniques to achieve the director’s vision.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      From video clips to feature-film quality in one platform.

      Edit videos for color grade, adjust sound, and import graphics and special effects from other Adobe apps. Whether you’re a professional or amateur video editor, do more with the best video editing tools.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Import footage from any file format.

      Easily drag and drop video files into your project. Whether you’ve shot on a DSLR, GoPro, or iPhone — or another smartphone — you can make everything from YouTube videos to features with Premiere Pro video editing software.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Trim footage with precision.

      Make intuitive edits in your timeline with the Trim tool to extend or shorten clips. You can even create and edit a multicam sequence using Premiere Pro’s straightforward editing process.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Add animation and video effects.

      Create animated motion graphics for transitions and title sequences using Motion effect controls and keyframes. Use templates or create your own with Type and Shape tools in the Essential Graphics panel.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Manage your audio editing and sound effects.

      Edit or sync audio, add sound effects, and automatically duck music or ambience during dialogue with a single click in the Essential Sound panel.

      Do more with After Effects and Adobe Stock.

      Take advantage of seamless integration with Mac or Windows desktops and other Adobe apps to finesse your videos.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Find the footage you need.

      Access the Adobe Stock library while you work with the Creative Cloud Libraries panel. Pinpoint the right stock photos and video footage to make your final cut shine.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Add Hollywood visual effects.

      Give your rough cut some Hollywood-ready visual effects. Import compositions from After Effects with ease. Any changes you make in one application are immediately reflected in the other without the need for intermediate rendering.

      Oliver Haslam
      How to use your iphone to shoot professional moviesOliver Haslam

      Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password’s blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple. Read more.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Blue and green screens are used by TV and movie studios to blend two videos by replacing the background with something different. You have that power on your iPhone and iPad and we’re going to show you how to use it.

      Studios have used blue and green screen for a long time, but you don’t need a huge crew or expensive cameras to make them work. With just an iPhone or an iPad, you can create some spectacular effects by yourself.

      How Blue and Green Screens Work

      By recording a video in front of a colored screen it’s possible to make that screen appear transparent. Then a second video is placed behind the original using software, allowing it to be displayed in the screen’s place

      This technique was often used to show weather maps behind television presenters, for example.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

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      How to Use a Green/Blue Screen on iPhone and iPad

      Download Apple’s free iMovie app for iPhone and iPad from the App Store and open it. Tap the large “+” button to create a new project.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap ‘Movie” to create a new movie project.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Find the video that will be used as the basis for the new project and tap it. Then tap the checkmark button.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap “Create Movie” to open the new project.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap the “+” button to add a second video or image. This will be blended into the background of the video you chose earlier. A video with a background consisting mostly of a solid color will work best.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Locate the video or image you want to use and tap it. Tap the “…” icon in the resulting menu.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap “Green/Blue Screen” to add the video or image to your timeline.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap a color to make it transparent. This is the color that you want to remove.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      You can move the secondary video or image through your timeline by dragging it left and right.

      How to Edit a Blue/Green Screen

      Now you have your timeline set up you can edit the Blue/Green screen effect in two ways; you can change how large it is, and how strong it is.

      Tap the blue/green screen in your timeline and tap the settings button. Move the slider to strengthen and weaken the effect. You’ll see the changes immediately.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      Tap the crop button to activate a four-point mask to alter the area of the video or image that is used. Drag the mask to only include the area you want to appear in your finished video.

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      You can now add any extra assets or effects and export the project as normal.

      The example above was created in a couple of minutes. It’s not perfect, but it does show how powerful iMovie could be if you have the creativity, and the time, to make something awesome.

      Apple’s free iMovie for Mac offers green screen functionality, too.

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      It’s that time of the year again, and Apple has released its annual Holiday movie, shot on the iPhone 13 Pro.

      The movie is made by Jason Reitman and his father, Ivan Reitman, both Oscar-nominated in their own right. It’s a film about Simon the snowman and a little girl that cares for him throughout the year. Here it is.

      Apple also released the ‘making of’ video that shows commentary from the directive duo and a glimpse at the tech used to enhance the iPhone’s video-making abilities, like ND filters, attachable lenses, and phone holders.

      As with all such films, additional software has been used.


      Here’s Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ special for the Chinese New Year

      Apple’s latest shot on iPhone XS video is here

      Apple’s short movie ‘The Bucket’ is entirely shot on iPhone XS

      Apple launches “Shot on iPhone X” ad campaign in Australia

      Reader comments

      • Anonymous

      yes because photoshop is for video editing

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      • 02 Dec 2021
      • bJJ
      • Anonymous

      that's not a big deal af

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      • 02 Dec 2021
      • G
      • Anonymous

      Simon the snowman,must of taken ages to think that one up. or maybe android had a Simon the snowman 4 years ago 😆

      How to use your iphone to shoot professional movies

      There is an old saying in production — the best camera is the one you have. This is true now more than ever. The world of mobile film and video production has changed dramatically in recent years. Shooting on a mobile device has become a legitimate form of video production, and for good reason. Smartphones have become all-in-one production devices, especially when you know how to upload video to YouTube on mobile (or any other video hosting platform).

      For example, the 2015 feature film Tangerine was the first film to be shot entirely on iPhones — and on an iPhone 5 at that! Steven Soderbergh shot his 2018 feature Unsane, starring Claire Foy, on mobile phones. So how do you shoot professional-looking mobile video? Here are several great cinematography apps, gear recommendations, and shooting tips and tricks that will take your mobile video to the next level.

      Use an app

      While the latest mobile devices has some great in-phone capabilities, consider shooting your mobile video using a third-party app. You might be surprised by how similar the interfaces of these apps are to your traditional DSLR and professional video cameras. Check out a couple of apps to consider purchasing before you shoot:


      FilmicPro has become an industry standard when it comes to shooting professional-looking videos — it was even featured in the 2019 Apple Keynote. FilmicPro turns your phone into a professional video camera, allowing you to adjust your camera settings manually. FilmicPro also allows you to shoot massive 4K raw files. Check out their Cinematographer’s Kit. FilmicPro works with both Apple and Android devices.


      MAVIS was the first Apple-based professional video app for mobile devices, and it offers a lot of the amazing professional video settings that FilmicPro provides. MAVIS even allows you to record broadcast-quality audio files.

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      How to shoot professional-looking mobile video

      Shoot in 4K log

      While shooting 1920×1080 will still produce a great-looking, high-quality video, shoot the largest files that you can. By shooting in 4K you give yourself some room to punch into the shots in post-production if needed. Shoot log or flat footage. This might sound counter-intuitive at first, but log or flat video, which looks very grey, actually has the most digital information. When you get into post-production, you can color grade to your heart’s content. FilmicPro offers both log and flat settings in app, as well as luts to use in post.

      Record high-quality audio

      No matter how high-quality your footage is, if you have bad audio, the final production will suffer greatly. While most mobile devices actually record fairly decent audio, you will need to invest in a good microphone. Here are some options:

      • Lav mic: If you are recording interviews, consider using a lavalier mic that connects directly to a smartphone or tablet.
      • Mobile device-based mic: You can also use a condenser mic that attaches to your phone in the same way that a mic attaches to a traditional professional video camera.

      Choose your lenses

      Just like traditional DSLRs, you have the option of attaching third-party lenses to your mobile device. While you are putting a lens on top of a lens (your phone’s lens or lenses), you can expand the capabilities of your mobile device. Depending on the manufacturer, it might be necessary to buy a case for your phone with threading for your lenses, but it is worth the investment. Here are a few lens options:

      • Anamorphic: Yes, that is right. You can shoot anamorphic footage on your mobile device. You might even get some nice lens flares as you shoot. You will need to be sure to desqueeze the footage but FilmicPro offers this option within the app.
      • Wide angle: A wide-angle lens will allow you to capture more of your scene than your in camera lens.
      • Telephoto: A telephoto lens will let you zoom in around 2x. This is great for capturing subjects from a distance. Stick with the higher-end Moment tele lens.

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      Use stabilizers

      Most mobile devices have some built-in stabilization but with secondary lenses and an audio kit, you might want to invest in a stabilization rig. There are a few different options, which we’ve detailed below:

      • Tripods: Consider using a tripod. You can purchase a simple attachment for your mobile device or purchase a mobile-specific tripod.
      • Phone cages: A cage is another great low-tech way to stabilize your footage. You can attach your audio equipment to your cage, and it will allow you to move freely and shoot decent handheld footage.
      • Gimbals: The most high-tech option for stabilization is a gimbal. A gimbal is a motorized device with three separate motors that controls the direction and movement of your camera — in this case, your phone. You can get really smooth footage with a gimbal.

      Now you’re ready to shoot professional-looking mobile videos that will wow your clients and viewers alike.

      Consider your final output

      When you are shooting your video, consider what platform your final product will live on. Traditionally, you would want to shoot horizontal video or 16×9 for exporting and uploading to YouTube, but things have changed as social media platforms, such as IGTV, utilize vertical video or 9×16. Shoot for your final output — this will make your post-production process much easier.

      Use your professional cinematography skills

      When you are shooting mobile video, all of the same principles that apply to DSLR or professional video camera shooting still apply. Make sure you test your lighting and your exposure settings within the camera app. Test the audio to make sure you are getting high-quality sound. Make sure your shots are well composed. Treat your mobile video with the same care and attention as you would any video production.

      There you have it — now you know how to shoot professional-looking mobile video. Happy producing and editing!

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