A small spider-style tripod with
suction cups will
work well on
Using an exercise
ball to stabilize
your shot will
the shaking and
or fix a camera to the T-top for a bird’s-eye view. And always remember the
cameraman’s version of the boater’s adage:
One hand for yourself, one hand for the
boat, or in this case, the gear.
4. Keep your lens dry and clean.
Even a small drop or two of spray is a big
distraction to the viewer.
5. Film less, edit more. It’s easy to
capture the same scene over and over again
(“Here we are, heading out of the harbor
on a beautiful day”), which will make dull
watching afterward. If a clip doesn’t add
something new to the video, leave it out.
6. Edit out the shaky stuff. Even if
it’s your most action-packed moment, we
shouldn’t need seasickness pills to watch.
7. Take out the boring parts and the
mistakes. Most clips can be shortened to
show only the “good” stuff; there’s no need
to “set the scene.” And random bilge views
or that blurry finger blocking half the lens
will only distract the viewer.
8. Minimize the talking heads. Unless
you have a professional spokesperson
aboard, don’t expect to get something
memorable if you stick a camera in someone’s face.
9. Keep graphics simple and clean.
Stick with basic transitions. If you add
any text, make sure it’s legible and short
enough to read in a second or two.
10. Leave ’em wanting more. A well-edited short clip will be more memorable
than an extended panoramic shot.
Bonus Tip No. 11: Consider a waterproof
housing to protect your equipment.
Carol is an author, editor, and Olympian
who specializes in stories about boats –
both fact and fiction.
- MIKE SCHMIDT, Hall of Famer & Sun Safety Advocate
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