Timeless Tips to Tweak Any Video Camera

The reason you don’t see a lot of camera recommendations from me is that camera technology changes so often; about every 5 minutes it seems sometimes. In the last 2 years we’ve seen an influx of new cameras that push the limits of optics and compression, and incidentally make some ridiculously good pictures. And all for bargain-basement prices.

But here’s the thing. None of them are as intelligent as you. Auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance go only so far in getting you to some semblance of “truth and beauty” in your video image.

Likewise for the audio portion.

So the truth is, you still need to tweak a few things. Notice I said “a few”. And therein lies our tale for today.

I created this pair of videos over 2 years ago and the advice is the same now as it was then. As far as I can tell, the only difference is that I was 30 lbs. heavier, making more demands on my wide angle lens :)

So whether you’re shooting with a Hi-8 camera from the 80′s or an iPhone 5 outfitted with the latest apps, you will learn a lot from this 2-part series. In fact, I’m a little surprised at how much info I squeezed into these brief videos on making your picture look pristine.

You may want to take a few notes, then dive into the menu settings on your camera to make them look like the ones in this series.

Please let me know what you think. Other than my campy outfit and jokes, (I was still exploring my own persona) does this series resonate with you? If so, just comment below on other basics you’d like to learn, or feel free to ask any questions about this series.

And here’s Part II