Yep, those video files take up an enormous amount of memory, and the last thing you want is to see ‘Storage Full’ flash up mid-shot. Free up as much space as you can in advance. Delete apps you never use, archive old photos and films, and generally have a clear out. Create as much space as you can – several GB at least. You can check to see how much memory is available in Settings. If you are using your mobile for filming regularly, invest in a device with as much memory as you can afford. And try to get in to the habit of deleting old files regularly. Hard to do, but it’ll mean you’ve always got space!
Of course you would dream of starting to film without a full battery, right?! But even with 100% power you can quickly find yourself running low if you are out filming during the day. Give yourself some back up and invest in a spare battery pack. They are fairly inexpensive (decent ones start at around £25) and will usually hold another full charge. Plus, rather than being tethered to a plug socket with your charging cable, it gives you the freedom to carry on filming while it is plugged in – so you won’t miss that shot!
It’s a bit grim to think about how much gunk your phone comes in contact with. At the very least grease and oils from your fingers can leave smudges and marks on the lens. It’s a simple thing, but giving the lens a wipe can make a huge difference to the colour and quality of your images. Get a proper lens cloth (not a tissue, it could scratch the glass) and keep it somewhere handy to whip out quickly before you start filming.
If you’ve got any great tips about filming with your phone I’d love to hear what they are! Do you make movies with your mobile too? I’d love to see them! Leave a comment below and share your tips! Happy filming!