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Shooting Video

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of instructions for submitting articles to THISisCarpentry. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ASK.

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Video can add a lot to an article. If you have a video camera, and know how to use it, great! If not, no worries: we can provide you with a loaner camera. Either way, here are a few tips for shooting your video:

  • Don’t do a lot of zooming. It’s distracting. Try to keep the camera “zoomed out.”
  • Wear solid colors—it’s less distracting.
  • Make sure your scene is well-lit.
  • Don’t shoot with light behind you—you’ll just be a shadow. Also, make sure that we can’t see the lights in the scene—keep them out of the frame.
  • Try to have a clean work area. And don’t have a bunch of stuff cluttering up the background.
  • Use a tripod. A 6-ft. ladder makes a great place to set your camera and the small tripod that comes with our camera.

Take a look at this helpful instructional video:

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Be sure to read our other submission help guides:

Tips for photographing your work

How to submit your article

Tips for writing your article

Adding photo references (refs) to your article

Sending images to TiC