• Estefania Mitre


Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Learning the basics of audio and image composition is not an easy task when your only guidance is your a video, and you have to figure out the other real-life elements on your own.

However, life is a challenge worth betting on. Let's look at the different elements that will lead to the final product: Producing Like a Pro.


Rule of thirds will be an unconditional best friend for the rest of your existence. See how everything somehow looks balanced? Your eyes go straight to that weird-looking-yet-somehow-yummy purple paste with nuts.

The first I grabbed a camera, I had no idea what I was doing, but I noticed a pattern. Almost every photographer leaves this space in the photo, and it does feel like it is leaving something out.


Repeat after me: 🗣 GET 🗣 A STABILIZER or 🗣 TRIPOD. Even if you are a surgeon, there is nothing like having a stable foundation to place your phone and camera. It will make a huge difference and give you time and space to correct lighting issues or concentrate on photo composition.

Even if it is Grogu, an inanimate object (is he?), this tip will come in handy. It would be best to practice the "grab the tripod and run" when you go on the field.


Think about the two first sounds you make when you wake up. Hard, is not? We are so used to all the sounds that surround us. That's why when we have the absence sound, it feels disturbing, at least if you suffer from anxiety like your host.

Grab your phone, and I dare you to hit the record button and put your phone away for 5 minutes. It will surprise you with e amount of noise a normal human being makes.


Adding jump cuts and simple transitions to your videos will add dimension to the storytelling. (Does that make sense?) -- Let me explain:

When you think about your daily commute from your house to work, it does not seem exciting, right?

What you see on T.V., on the other hand though, that's different. Why? Because you see Character 1 jumping between their thoughts to reality, then seeing everything from another angle. Those are the layers of the story. You might not see it, but if somebody were to see your life from a control panel, switching camera angles and jumping between scenes, that's when the shots and the story gets that spark.


Few things to take in mind when recording yourself: S-T-A-Y A-W-A-Y F-R-O-M T-O-D-D-L-E-R-S A-N-D D-O-G-S. While they are both adorable, their angelical voices might mess up your audio, thus, lose focus.

That leads us to point number ✌🏼 if you are recording audio with your mobile device, don't put it all the way to one side; it will show. If you do so, once you piece everything together, you will hear your voice rambling from one ear to the other. While this is a technique several famous DJs have used, it is not convenient for a radio story unless there is the reasoning behind it.


Writing your script is a must. Without a script, you don't have anything. Following a script and analyzing what you will say is key in any aspect as people living on the U.S.-Mexico border is crucial to speak and get immersed in the language.

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Writing down your conversations will help you visualize elements that you could grab and move around for your story. Including both languages and immediately translating everything from one language to another will train your brain to be ready for larger projects.

Taking care of small details such as translation and having your transcripts will make the editing process a lot smoother.


Lastly, once you have learned all the above elements, and even if you didn't fully go into one of the steps, remember -- practice makes perfect.

It's time to grab a piece of paper, or for instance, open google docs, start figuring out the storyline, and organize the shoot list for when you go to the field, you have a vague idea of what type of shots to get.

Elements to take into consideration in this final step: Shake it up; no one is going to judge you! Create and have fun -- of course, while sticking to the original plan.

Make sure to have more material than less; it is easier to trim down material than figure out a way to reshoot your video.

Last but not least, check the audio quality and if it matches the sound level that stand-ups and shoots have compared to Voice-Overs or net sound.

And just like that, now you have the basic steps to spread your wings and start creating your new story.

To see the final project and see the ✨ magic✨ of video editing and storytelling, visit this link.

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