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Position

  • Shoot horizontal (landscape orientation)
    • Make sure no objects block the camera
  • Background
    • Be aware of what's in it
  • Zoom
    • Zoom with your feet, not phone. Zooming with the camera causes quality loss.

Camera

  • Take video or photo with a smartphone

DO NOT use a computer camera unless that's your only option. 

Stabilize

  • Use a tripod or rest your phone on something flat
  • Avoid moving around
  • Avoid fast moments

Audio

  • Avoid background noises if possible
  • Stay inside (avoid wind noise)
  • Don't touch the camera, as the mic will pick up those sounds
  • Use a mic if you can, like iPhone headphones or AirPods)

Lighting

  • Avoid harsh light or dark shadows
  • Keep consistent lighting if possible

Sharing your video with us

We ask for you to upload your video to Google Drive and share it with hmhein@g.syr.edu

If you're unfamiliar with the university's G Suite, please see the instructions here.

Other drive services like Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc. work as well but we prefer to stick with university supplied software.

Formatting your media for a website

If your media is to be uploaded to the college's website, vpa.syr.edu, please see guidelines for formatting video/photo/audio/content  for more info. 

Simple how-to take photos demo