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Smartphone Cameras are Quite Good

It just takes a bit of finesse to use them. Take a look at this video shot on an iPhone 11:

**DISCLAIMER** - I do not own the work above, and I did not shoot or edit this video.


I'm using this video merely as a sample of what can be done with an iPhone camera. It doesn't compare to a high-end video camera like an Arri Alexa, Red, or Canon C300. However, there's a good chance you have an iPhone 11 in your pocket, and if you don't, there's a very good chance you know someone who does. The iPhone 11 isn't the only decent phone camera out there, as there are many Motorola, HTC, LG, etc., devices that have cameras capable of reproducing the images above.


So how does one get started? Take a look at the following video to get a bit more information:


I know the image on this camera doesn't quite look as good as the music video above. My image was captured using a 1st generation Google Pixel (2016), as opposed to the iPhone 11 (2019). Also, I was using the selfie camera, which is never quite as good as the rear camera on any phone. Still, it's not bad, and as I explain in the video, the audio and the content are far more important than the video quality. If you can keep it interesting, keep the image straight, make it sound good, and capture some decent A roll and B roll shots, you'll be just fine. Check out the rest of the playlist below for some tips on shooting your very own videos with your very own smartphone.


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqF51vKVEgHBUAtYEUHYngtVg7-CUkPqc

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