10 tips to make your videos look professional

If you shoot a lot of videos but are rarely happy with the results, you are not alone. Most people would like to know how to make better videos.

Fortunately, this is not so difficult. Regardless of whether you record something for publication on the Internet or just as a keepsake, these simple tips will help you create better videos.

Read on to learn how to make amateur videos more professional.


Always use the rear camera

This may seem like an obvious rule, but it's easy to forget. The rear camera on the phone has higher quality, higher resolution and offers more features. It almost always provides better results.

Need advice for shooting a video of yourself? Well, in many cases, we still recommend using a rear view camera when your phone is mounted on a table or on a wall. If you prefer a manual approach, you can use the front camera, but feel free to rotate the phone to shoot in landscape mode.

If you are speaking directly to the camera, be sure to look at the lens and not at the screen. Otherwise, you will get the impression that you are looking at the shoulders of the viewer.

Stabilization and focus

To create a great video, there are two important requirements: to keep the camera still and in focus.

Many phones, cameras and camcorders have built-in image stabilization. This helps to stabilize the image, but you should be aware of the limitations. The IS function works better if you hold the camera still from the very beginning - starting shooting while walking can easily lead to unwanted camera shake.

Shoot in landscape mode

A simple first step to learning how to make professional videos is to remember to shoot in landscape mode. Or, in simple words, flip the phone on its side!

Vertical or portrait videos are good if you watch them on your phone. At the moment when you try to watch your creations on a TV, laptop, tablet or any other device, their inappropriate orientation will pop out as a sure sign of an “amateur”.

In addition, you can better fit into the frame when the smartphone is horizontal. This means that the need to constantly move left and right is minimized, which in turn leads to a more classy look.

Turn on the grid

The only thing worse than watching a video recorded in portrait mode is watching a video shot crookedly. Adding a grid allows you to use the background as a guide to ensure that the video is always smooth.

Most devices have this option - it can be enabled through the settings. The grid helps align the video in the background in the background to ensure that you record live videos.

It also helps composition. When shooting people, place their eyes in line with the top line of the grid. Photography enthusiasts will know this as the “Third Line Rule”, which will help to better position the elements in the frame.


Dark or underexposed videos pose a number of serious problems:

  • It is difficult to lighten a video without making noise and without compromising quality.
  • It is difficult for the camera to focus in low light.
  • If you use the automatic mode, which most often happens when shooting amateur video, the camera reduces the frame rate in low light conditions . This results in an intermittent video that you cannot fix.

What solution? Try to keep your subject illuminated by a bright light source that is ideally located behind you. Use a smartphone flashlight only as a last resort.

If you plan to shoot in low light conditions regularly, you may need to upgrade your equipment so you can use fast lenses and fully manual control.

Experiment with angles

Naturally, just taking a camera and starting shooting is pretty easy. However, if you want to make professional videos at home, you need to experiment more with the angles you use.

Instead of shooting everything at eye level from one place, try making a wide-angle video, and then move closer to the subject to make a close-up video. Then edit them together. Or hold the camera over your head to capture action from above. Or sit down and shoot from the bottom up.

Try to find the one that fits perfectly. You do not need to take each shot completely different, but a little variety can work a miracle.

Go to the subject

When you want to see something close up, it's pretty tempting to reach the zoom button of your camera. But this may be accompanied by problems. Most smartphones only offer digital zoom, which can degrade the quality of your image. In addition, the more you zoom in, the higher the likelihood that the video will become sharp, even if you use stabilization.

So what to do if you want to get closer to the object? Stop shooting, move closer to the subject, and start shooting again. Simply!

Use effects (but do not abuse them)

Video effects are equivalent to photo filters. They look great when used properly, but you can easily overdo it. However, most cameras and smartphones offer several options that can add a twist to your videos.


IPhone has a great timelapse feature built into the default Camera app, but apps like Lapse It let you simulate this effect on Android.

Timelapse works great if you can stably place the camera for a long time over a constantly changing area, for example, on the top of the bridge to capture the sunset.

Slow motion

Slow motion can add a dramatic video or reveal some of the details that are usually lost when watching. However, do not overdo it. Video is usually played at a speed of 30 frames per second, so a clip shot at a speed of 120 frames per second will last four times longer.


A cinemagraph is a cross between video and photography - most of the image remains stationary except for one or two moving parts.

Many smartphone camera apps offer this feature, or you can download an app like Cinemagraph Pro on iOS or VIMAGE on Android to try it yourself. The effect can be very impressive.

Learn the basics of installation

Serious video editing is beyond the scope of this article, but a little basic knowledge can help make your videos more professional.

Basic tools not only allow you to remove unwanted parts from video clips, but also combine several clips and photos, add a soundtrack, video filters and create mini-movies that are worth sharing.

Simply trimming the beginning and end of a video often significantly improves it, as it divides the longer clip into several shorter ones and removes the excess. This is especially important for what you want to share on the Internet.

It’s even better to make several separate clips, rather than shoot everything at once. A duration of 5 to 10 seconds is sufficient, and when you are done, put together a few pieces in the editing application.

Cheat with editing

Not everyone has the patience and ability to carefully edit multiple clips. Fortunately, there are free apps that do this for you. Applications like GoPro's Google Photos and Quik (available for Android and iOS) are excellent.

All you have to do is select the media you need, select one of the free background tracks and add a theme. Then both applications stitch the video together to create a montage, saving you valuable time and making you look like a pro.


Making professional videos at home is not difficult. None of these tips require great technical skills, and with a little training you will be able to shoot amazing videos in no time.

But what to do next? Well, firstly, remember that sound is an equally important part of the process, and also find out which types of YouTube videos are the most popular so that your abilities develop.