First, we explored how to take better videos with a tablet or smartphone. Then we uncovered tips for improving lighting and sound. Finally, we shared a few simple editing tips you can use to polish your videos before sharing them with friends and family.

Wondering how the Lenovo Companion team knows so much about filming and editing videos?

We don’t. We just happen to work with two very knowledgeable video production specialists, Chris Uy and Tarik Laham.

If you’ve ever seen Lenovo‘s first look videos for new products or checked out our carrying cases, you’ve seen Uy and Laham’s productions.

From training videos to product demos, they shoot and edit videos for several teams at Lenovo.

As is often the case, their path to becoming videographers evolved over the years. Growing up, Uy wanted to be a script and screenplay writer.  Laham had visions of film school. Their passions for plot twists and camera angles led them both to the realm of multimedia, and eventually Lenovo.

We sat down with Uy and Laham to talk about the characteristics of top videographers. Continue reading to see how these seven skills can help improve your filming techniques and video quality:

1. Love for learning

The best videographers are constantly learning and continually improving. As with everything, the more you practice, the better you will get.

“If you practice most of what we go over [in Companion video tips and tutorials], it’ll help you get instantly better,” adds Lenovo Videographer Tarik Laham. “Just keep practicing and improving.”

2. Keep up with technology 

Uy and Laham can tell you how color science and light sensitivities impact video quality, and exactly when to use or forego your camera’s flash. They are proficient with advanced editing software to refine and polish their videos. And, both Uy and Laham read a lot. When you stay up-to-date with new developments in the industry, it becomes noticeably easier to use many of the latest technologies—from professional cameras to smartphones—to capture high-quality videos.

3. Be willing to go with the flow

Most professions attract certain types of personalities: Consultants tend to be highly organized, while creative directors often improvise from one assignment to the next. But videographers? They have to do both. For a video shoot to be successful there are story boards to build, shot lists to create, batteries to charge and studios to set up. But once on site, any number of factors can alter advanced plans: foot traffic in public spaces, for instance, or rain instead of sun. Once you learn to work with your surroundings in unanticipated circumstances, you’ll end up with videos you love.

4. Pay close attention to lighting

Where most of us might see a new, beautiful library as a place to find a quiet corner and read, a videographer will note the sunlight streaming through expansive windows into big open spaces. When we’re shielding our eyes from the sun, a professional is likely noting its angle. When it comes to creating stunning photography and attractive videos, lighting is everything. So taking a moment to note how things are illuminated before hitting the “record” button is a great habit to get into.

5. Understand composition

If your smile’s ever tired while waiting for a professional photographer or videographer to take a shot, you’ve likely been waiting for him to get everything lined up just right. That’s because the pros are always evaluating their surroundings for the right composition. The good news? This typically isn’t an innate ability, but rather a learned one. You’ll undoubtedly take better videos (and photos) when you learn how to apply techniques like the rule of thirds and natural "framing." 

6. Make manual adjustments

Today's cameras come equipped with sophisticated technology and automatic controls that make it easier than ever to take fabulous videos. But, sometimes, these advancements are unnecessary—and can even work against you at times. The professionals know that natural lighting often produces better results than a camera's flash, and that walking closer to a subject is far superior to using digital zoom. Overcome any concerns you have about manual adjustments like these, and you’ll be on your way to better videos.

7. Learn to leverage angles

Picture a person looking directly at a camera as it records. Now imagine the videographer taking a step to the side and asking the subject to turn his or her head (but not body) toward the camera. That’s called a “¾ view,” and it’s just one of many tricks videographers might use to improve the aesthetic of a video. No, you don’t have to become an aficionado on each and every one to improve. Simply taking a few moments to explore different viewpoints, positions and angles before hitting the record button can produce great results.

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