In the past few years there have been a lot of changes to how journalists make and break news stories. Thanks to mobile technology most of us have a video camera in our pocket so you don't need hi-tech equipment to make good-quality videos.
Film-makers are producing documentaries and feature films on smartphones, and you can do the same. You and your students can shoot and edit on a smartphone or tablet.
There are safeguarding issues in storing footage on a phone or tablet, so check your school policy before you start. You can use an old phone without a SIM card as a camera and connect it to your school wi-fi to export the video. You can also film on tablets and a range of other devices which have the features of a smartphone - except the ability to make a call!
Here are some top tips
- use airplane mode - you don’t want to be interrupted by calls, messages or alerts
- battery - start with a full battery and take a portable battery pack
- storage - videos use a lot of space so make sure you have enough memory
- focus - lock your focus in place by tapping lock your focus in place by tapping and holding on the screen where you want the focus to be
- stability - use both hands, a selfie stick or a portable tripod
- zoom - move closer, for better quality, rather than using the zoom
- sound - move closer or use the smartphone headphones as a microphone
- light - record in a location where there is as much light as possible
- wipe your lens - clean your lens with a lint free cloth to avoid marks on your video