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Five smartphone video basics to remember

Smartphone cameras are better than ever, and technology isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Here are some tips for capturing the best quality video with a tool every reporter has in his or her pocket.

A simple but enlightening collection of tips for shooting video with your phone: Landscape orientation, using airplane mode, dealing with mics, paying attention to light, and stabilizing your shot.

None of these tips are rocket science. They just bear repeating. We can connect $1,500 of lenses, frames and sound equipment to our mobile equipment. And if it’s narrow video or video with audio that’s unbearably soft or has weird “you’ve got mail” sounds in the middle of it, all we will have done is annoy the audience.