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How and When to Shoot Video with a Smartphone

About This Course

It’s a phone, it’s a calendar, it’s a … broadcast quality video camera? The specs for most smartphones match up well with the $65,000 broadcast cameras TV photojournalists used to lug around, but can you produce professional high quality video with a device that rattles around in the cup holder of your car?

This Webinar explores the possibilities and limitations of the smartphone for use in professional video storytelling, talking about shooting and editing techniques and how to choose the hardware and software that will give you a high quality product you will want to put your brand on.


What Will I Learn?

  • When and why to shoot video on a smartphone
  • How to make sure your video is ready to be published
  • How to think about capturing video on a smartphone
  • What circumstances don't lend themselves to smartphone video reporting
  • Tools and best practices for editing and posting videos
  • What to look for when choosing video editing apps

Who Should Take this Course?

Professional and student journalists who are starting to tell video stories from mobile devices and those who need to coach their reporters or students to producing better video should attend this Webinar.

Course Instructor

Mark E. Johnson

Mark E. Johnson

Mark E. Johnson is the Senior Lecturer of Photojournalism and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication where he oversees the Visual Journalism program. An early digital disciple and technology geek, he believes that the story is always more important than the form it’s presented in.

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