Tip One: Don't drop your camera in the pool.

For Friday, let’s take a look at a fun video from YouTube video blogger, Stephen Schweickart, of ReelSEO. The video runs us through 7 things to check before hitting record at a shoot.


Shoots can often be chaotic environments, with dozens of people running around, worrying about their part of the project. Simple things can be overlooked if a shooter gets caught up in the rush to shoot. Stephen’s video is a nice reminder that taking time to do things right is more important than rushing to get the camera rolling.


Give it a watch and sound off in the comments with your own pre-roll tips:




I’ll start us off with a couple of extra tips I try to remember before each shoot:


  1. Sandbag tripods and light stands.
  2. Provide reports to other shooters on your team during setup so all settings get checked at the same time
  3. Record short test clips to ensure audio and video settings look and sound good played back


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Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer who enjoys writing for Videomaker. He has also written for About.com (Lifewire.com), RedShark News, Modern Drummer Magazine, and others. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Community Leader, and co-founder of After Effects Toronto, Canada's largest motion graphic user group. Fairley is the creator and editor of ProductionWorld.net, a popular production news website.