Before hitting record, consider a few things:
Use a cloth or a cotton t-shirt to wipe your camera lens before recording anything. Dust and finger smudges can greatly impact the shot.
Built-in microphones on mobile devices are very limited. Try to get as close as possible to the person you are filming. Make sure there are no cars driving by, beeping from alarms, or cellphones – anything that can interfere with the audio.
Cameras on mobile devices work better with as much light as possible, so avoid dark areas. Try to avoid having the sun, bright lights, or windows pointing directly into the shot.
- Shot Composition
On mobile devices, zooming is limited and easily pixelated. If you can, physically move the camera forward, back or side to side, to fill up your frame and try to stabilize the device as best you can. A good tip is to lean up against something. If you have a tripod or flat surface nearby, that will work great as well.