Written by Marjorie

Smartphone Video Evening Shoot ‘High Light’

Smartphone Video Evening Shoot ‘High Light’

I am thankful to bring you our video night shoot for the Thursday hop with Brian. Why finally, and why thankful?

Well, the movie was shot in October 2018 which is Spring here in New Zealand and it’s now February 2019, high Summer with the cicadas singing like mad things outside.

Our Video Event

The popular exhibit High Light took place at Riddiford Gardens in Lower Hutt. It was a show with a difference.

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At High Light, the sculptures are all meant to light up, shimmer or glow in different ways. Recording this is a challenge for a smartphone movie maker. I have not shot at night before to this was a gamble and an adventure.

The usual rules about a video maker having enough light don’t apply. Night photography and video after dark need a new approach and different expectations.

Smartphone Movie Challenge

Check out the movie to see if you think I have captured the atmosphere.

Video Night Shoot Tips

I learned a few lessons while shooting a smartphone movie in the dark and I share them here.

In Memoriam Notice

Photograph of Island Cats Site
IN MEMORIAM – Wally Doute from The Island Cats
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Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

20 thoughts on “Smartphone Video Evening Shoot ‘High Light’”

  1. Love what you did with the video. I’ve finally subscribed to your newsletter for tips. I need to put down my iphone and pick up my DSLR more often.

  2. That is a really cool event, the aerialist was my favorite – and the fish guy. I think you caught the atmosphere very well.

  3. Such an amazing job with the video. I can barely get great videos in the daylight! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  4. I love filming with my iPhone – it works well in low light but will look into a new lighting rig of some description as night stuff terrible. Your film looks so good. I have that little tripod- love it for interviews etc.

  5. I can’t believe you took this amazing video with a smartphone! It must have been an iPhone, my Android could never have captured this kind of footage. Well Done!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. You did a great job with this shoot of the High Light show. I forgot you were using a camera phone. Great tip with the volume. I never would have thought of that. Nice job! PS That fish costume you captured was spot on! I remember that character from Finding Nemo!LOL

  7. Flash pictures and lighting a picture or movie is an art, unless you are very lucky to get good assisting lighting when outside. I tried shooting static non living items with a flash to start with indoors, before moving outside. You did a brilliant job with your movie and lighting. It flowed really well.

  8. When I produce a video, I typically do it with natural light during the day, but it is nice to learn new tricks for lighting in the dark. The video is excellent, congrats!

  9. I finally got my flash that I can bounce off walls etc to combat the darkness in our condo. Of course, it’s still sitting in the box and I’m too afraid to touch it. For being such a no fear lady, I sure know how much of a fraidy cat I can be sometimes.

  10. As always, great tips and tricks. We liked the video. Our goal is to improve on our photos this year.

  11. The event looks fun! I always wished I could take better videos of my dogs in the dark. If I use my camera light I can actually see what they’re doing but it makes their eyes glow weird colors which I’m never crazy about. I’ve pretty much given up taking videos of them when it’s dark, but I can see why you’d want to take videos of cool events like that!

  12. That’s an amazing video and looks like such a fun event. I haven’t taken the time to learn the settings on my camera, yes that’s crazy, so I can’t even take a picture at home in the evening, never mind a video. Every picture I take turns out orange.

  13. Your video looks great! I do a lot of videoing on my phone but it’s mostly in daylight hours. I think I’m going to look into getting a tripod to steady my videos and photos.

  14. That’s a terrific video and we always enjoy your tips and tricks! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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