Tech Tips: Smart Ways to Use Your Phone for Videos in Ministry

How are you using the movie studio in your pocket to communicate with your people?

Here are four simple tips to remember when shooting video with your smartphone to make the most of them!

1. Simple Script. Taking a minute to write out even a simple script can ensure you don’t ramble on and on. I will often use post-it notes on the back of the phone with a few talking points to keep me on track. Doesn’t need to be complex, but you do need to plan it out.

2. Look Into the Sun. Shooting outdoors ensures the best lighting possible for your smartphone. You want the smartphone between you and the sun … so remember that you’ll always be looking into the sun to ensure the best light. If you are shooting indoors … make sure you are looking to the lights!

3. Reduce the Shake. It’s easy to make people seasick with a shaky image … try to stabilize the shot as much as possible. You can do this by setting it on a table across the room, or even holding your arm out straight will help reduce the shake.

4. Clear Sound Trumps. People need to be able to hear you … speak up and speak clearly. You’ll need to speak louder than you would normally feel comfortable doing in a conversation. If you want to take it up a level, a simple mic to clip onto your shirt can make a huge difference.

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Rich Birch
Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.