Mojo workshop - photo credit: Eleanor Mannion

Mojo workshop – photo credit: Eleanor Mannion

It’s day two of Mojocon and I am at the mobile journalism workshop.

First up is basic tips of mojo filming with Mark Egan

1. Put phone on airplane mode

2. Clean your lens

3. Say no to vertical video – hold your phone horizontally

4. Make sure when you’re holding it horizontally that your home button is to your right

5. Lock focus – this prevents your camera from pulsing and constantly pulling focus

6. Zoom with your feet and not the digital zoom which degrades picture quality. Moving to where your shot is also makes the audio recording better and create a more intimate sense of the scene for your audience.

7. Hold it steady – you can be your own human tripod (see photo below).

8. Use light to your advantage. Identify where your light source is and set up your shot with this in mind.

9. Beware of where your camera mic is. Don’t accidentally cover it. If using headphones check to see if they have a built in mic (most iPhone headphones do). If your headphones are plugged in they will effect your audio recording but also can be used as a casual interviewee mic when in a noisy setting.

Attendees at the conference practise setting up an interview shot - photo credit: Eleanor Mannion

Attendees at the conference practise setting up an interview shot – photo credit: Eleanor Mannion

10. When framing your shot beware of the rule of thirds. Think of where your interviewee’s eyes should be in the shot. When it’s an interview think about looking room for your interviewee.

Example of The Rule of Thirds - Photo credit: Ian Livesey

Example of The Rule of Thirds – Photo credit: Ian Livesey (Flickr)

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