LFS:Workshops/Videomaking with Smartphones

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TerreWeb video, as mentioned in the NY Times.

Plan it!

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UBC's DIY Media guide

Video capture


Getting the best shot

  • The 'rule of thirds'
  • Stabilizing the camera
    • Tripods
    • Binder clips
  • Using sunlight
  • Thinking of your background
  • Smartphone apps
  • Smartphone specific tips
    • Make sure to have enough memory and that phone is charged
    • If necessary, delete older photos, videos, apps
    • Go into Airplane Mode (or else you might record interferences on the audio)
    • Shoot horizontally not vertical (think of cinema and your eyes)
  • Audio: background noise & avoiding wind
    • Look into external mics

What to capture

  • Multiple angles
  • Room for edits
  • B-roll

Alternate Video Formats

Video editing & sharing


Creating a story


Who and what can you photograph?

  • People in a public place
  • Buildings
  • Public art

What can you publish?

  • People who have given consent
  • Minors whose parents or guardians have given consent
  • ‘Newsworthy’ photos

Get permission

  • Oral consent is okay
  • Written consent is better
  • The law does not address ethical concerns that may arise
  • Respecting people’s wishes

Copyright concerns

Copyright basics

Creative Commons

  • The licenses
  • Allow commercial uses?
  • Allow modifications? Yes, Yes but, No
  • Attribution is always required
  • Licenses are irrevocable
  • Does not account for privacy issues

Creative Commons resources


Sharing online


  • UBC's Kaltura
    • integrated with Canvas
      • you and your students should not be posting videos directly to Canvas. Much better to use Kaltura or, if it's appropriate, another platform.


  • YouTube: public / unlisted / private