Avoid these 10 Video Mistakes Most Beginners Make

Matti Haapoja does a nice job in this video of giving videographers a few of the basic mistakes to avoid when filming. The tips range from ISO and frames per second settings to avoiding shaky footage and telling a story.

The video is less than 10 minutes and I see it as something that would be a nice class starter for 10 days. While the video itself could easily be watched in its entirety to start a class hour, consider showing one tip at the start of a class period. Have a brief discussion with students about the tip and let them ask questions, then move on with your regular class after that. Do the next tip the following day.

By doing one tip a day for 10 days, it might be more likely that the tips stick because you are just focusing on one at a time rather than overwhelming them with too many at once.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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