Back to Basics 14 WebsiteCompass 6. Don’t forget about audio quality. Choose as quiet a location as possible so the camera’s microphone can pick up the sounds you want to include. Hold the camera close enough to your subject to be able to pick up the noise they make. Consider using an attached microphone to improve sound quality. 7. Know when to zoom. Modern cameras, including those on smartphones, include optical zoom, which enables you to zoom in or out without losing video quality. But, unless you’re doing it for dramatic effect, limit your use of zoom to avoid making viewers dizzy. 8. Learn about lighting. Film in a welllit area that shows light on the subject’s face. As with still photography, it’s best to avoid shooting toward a light source. If you’re shooting at night or in a dark location, be sure to have a ring light or something similar or use night mode if it’s available on your camera. 9. Get the right point of view. The right point of view in a video can help tell your story. For example, if you’ve seen videos filmed with GoPro cameras, you know how exciting it can be to see daring physical feats from the adventurer’s point of view. Footage from cameras attached to pets’ collars can also be entertaining to watch. 10. Stay in focus. Many modern cameras focus your videos automatically. But, before you press RECORD, you should check it to make sure your subject is clearly visible. Each device or application has its own method for doing so. With QUICK TIP: Making a video for professional purposes? Plan ahead, create a script, and practice, practice, practice. Why Family Videos are So Important Family photos have always been important for remembering fun times, recalling the past, and illustrating family history. Photos are still important and digital tools have enabled us to capture more of them than ever. These same tools enable us to capture videos just as easily and we should for a variety of reasons: • Video captures interactions between family members. • Video includes more details, such as the surroundings. • Video allows us to hear people’s voices and see gestures and quirks that photos can’t. • Video gives the opportunity to narrate situations and provide context for what’s going on. • The video maker can turn the camera on themselves too. There are many ways to incorporate more video into your family archives. For example, if you send out a holiday card including a family photo each year, consider also (or instead) making an annual family video sharing highlights from the year, including achievements, challenges, and new circumstances. As you would do with photos, share this video on social media, just send to close family and friends, or keep it in a special place to view later on.