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How to Make Your Prom Videos Lit

Tips on capturing promposal moments

So, you're ready to make that promposals?  You found the magic girl or guy and are pretty sure you'll get a "yes"...  or at least a "maybe … I’ll think about it."  Well, since we document and share just about everything online these days, we’re sure you’re planning to capture the whole thing on camera. So, how do you make sure the final product is lit enough for social?

Run through this checklist before you post, and you'll be good.

 

1.  Can You See Me?

Listen, there are many great camera phones. But if you have access to a DSLR video camera, borrow it. The ask is worth the production quality. Barring that, there are accessories you can use to enhance your phone’s capabilities. And, if you can, use two cameras to give yourself options in the editing phase. At the very least, be sure your “cameraperson” holds the angle steady and doesn’t cut people's heads out the frame. The goal is a clean, crisp picture.

 

2.  Can You Hear Me?

Sound quality is everything. People will forgive a shaky image, but bad audio is another matter. Make sure you’ve factored that in when planning where to place your cameras. There are mini-boom mics you can buy that fit right into your phone’s audio jack. That way everyone can clearly here that original poem you wrote or follow the beat to the track you’re dancing to.

 

3.  Does This Location Work?

The ideal location to shoot your grand entrance or proposal is one with lots of light and space to move around. You want angle options.  If you're outside, avoid the shade. If you're inside, use a space with lots of windows or a room with good overhead lights or bright lamps. .

 

4.  What's the X-factor?

It can be an elaborate dance performance or a celebrity guest, but the x-factor is crucial. You want to create something that is remembered so even if you get a "no", you still got a great piece of content.

 

5.  Is it Good?

This is the toughest question to answer.  After the final edit, you have to ask yourself "Is this worthy of posting?” The answer is a matter of personal opinion. But, keep in mind things live on line forever. Make sure you’re comfortable with the idea of whatever it is you’re doing on screen following you past high school.

 

So, start there, and remember: the most important thing is to have fun. Don’t do it for the ‘Gram. Do it for your own memories.

 

Share your favorite prom-posal videos on social with #TheBridgeATT. 

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