It happens too often that you throw a party and decide to make a video so you can capture some memorable moments on tape. Then in the hustle and bustle of the party you either get caught up and forget to make a video or you get too into the party and the video turns out bad. It isn’t easy shooting a video at a party since there is quite a lot going on. But we have some tips that will help you document your party and capture everything to set out to.
Know your camcorder
It is important you know the capabilities and limitations of your camcorder and not just that but all of its functionalities also before you decide to use it. Whether you are looking to capture a party or just make a home video, you should know the ins and outs of your camcorder. Just hitting the play button isn’t enough, with technology so advanced you can easily make the most out of the basic of camcorders. You should know how to shoot wide-angle shots so you can get more of the action. It’s little things like this that make a difference between you capturing the essence of the party or missing out on them.
You should prepare yourself and the camcorder for the party beforehand. This means have a backup battery, a backup tape if it requires a tape or a memory card if it has a slot for it. You can use a tripod if you like but carrying that around in a party can be tough so we recommend having the camera in your hand as you shoot, remember to be as steady as possible.
When preparing decorations for your party, add more lights. You do not want the area where the party is too be too dim which would mean the video turns out bad. Get additional lights if you have to but properly have the area lit so the video turns out good. No amount of editing can fix bad lighting so that is something you need to prepare for at your own end.
When it comes to the audio, there isn’t much you can do at a party. You will capture a lot of noise and won’t really be able to single them out. However, if you want people to leave messages make sure your camcorder allows for a microphone connection and you can connect a microphone to record message from individuals.
Set up shots
It’s not easy to setup shots in a party as people tend to do whatever they want. However, if you want a particular shot then you can ask your guests to set it up. This is particularly useful in a costume party especially if it is based on a movie and you want your guest to act out a particular scene. Costume parties are a lot of fun and even better to get on video since people dress up. If you plan on throwing a costume party and want some ideas you can check out this site.
Limit your use of digital zoom
No matter how much your camcorder boasts about its digital zoom, do not fall for it. Using it will make your picture pixelated so you don’t need to go all out and get a camcorder that offers the best digital zoom. Rather than zooming in move closer to the object you want to enhance, this will ensure the picture stays crisp and clear.
Making a video in general is not an easy task. In a party, it gets even harder with so much going on. You need to know what to shoot and get as much of the party as you can.