How to Film Professional Videos with an iPhone

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Recommended Equipment:

• Tripod & Smartphone Holder:
– iPhone 5 / 5S / 6 / 7.
– iPhone 6 Plus / 7 Plus.

• SmartLAV Microphone + Duct Tape or similar.


How to Film Professional Videos with an iPhone (Getting great results with iPhone Video!)

It’s no secret, I’m a big fan of producing video content with Smartphones. The quality of camera’s built in to devices these days has really changed the game, and as they say, “the best camera is the one you have with you”.

While it’s simple to get started, there are a number of simple tips to remember each time you film to really take your results to the next level, and I spend a lot of time these days teaching clients how to get the most out of their devices.

Over the past few months I’ve received a lot of requests to put together a list of my top tips for filming with Smartphones. This video runs through everything you need to start shooting amazing content videos with your iPhone Smartphone!

And just to make sure you don’t forget the steps covered in this video, we’ve also put together a free PDF Checklist for Filming with iPhone available for download so you can keep it handy next time you’re filming! Download it here:

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35 Replies to “How to Film Professional Videos with an iPhone”

  1. Justin Brown - Primal Video

    *Wondering why we recommend the front-facing camera?*
    It's MUCH easier to frame the shot and monitor your positioning with the screen facing towards you. Yes, the rear facing camera is better quality – but the front camera is more than good enough in the last few iPhone generations to get great results in most conditions (we shot this video with the front camera on an iPhone 5) and we think the benefits of proper framing (production quality & time saved) outweigh the cost in quality. 😊

    That said – there IS now a way to easily use your PC or Mac as a viewfinder for your rear iPhone camera so you can get the best of both worlds! Check out this video to see how to do it:

    Happy shooting!

  2. Torrey Kramer

    I bought the mic but it is an aux cord and my phone has the lightning outlet. I got an adapter but now the mic isn't working. What can I do about this? The mic works on other phones with aux outlets.

  3. Lauren Marsh

    iPhone: Android or super old iPhone that doesn't have a front camera.
    Tripod: A 80 dollar textbook u used once in year 7 and read 2 words in and never used it again.
    iPhone holder- Not needed!
    Microphone: Your headset you use to play fortnite with.
    I hope this helped!

  4. Douglas Sloan

    Thanks for the informative video, but I do have two questions. I have an older iPhone 6S. Is the camera on this good enough for a reasonable good quality video for YouTube? Also, my storage on the phone is limited. Is it possible to plug in an external storage device and record directly to that? FYI – I enjoy your style and the well though out presentations. Be Blessed! Doug <><

  5. The Kindness Coach

    Justin you are good man thank you so much for this video I am just starting out on YT I have resonable following on Instagram @thekindnesscoach and kids in schools keep asking me to set up my own YT to inspire them more with daily kindness. I am at 198 subs watch this space give me 12 months and I am gonna aim for 100,000 🙂 Thank you for your kindness brother. JM

  6. E and A SQUAD kempf

    I love your iPhone videos🖱📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📲📱📱📱📱📱📱📱📱📱📱📱💻💻💻💻💻💻💻💻💻⌨️⌨️⌨️⌨️⌨️⌨️🎇🎆⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️

  7. Carey Gaynes

    Hi, Justin. Is it just me or did it feel more like you were looking directly at me when you were looking at your reflection in the phone? When you were looking directly at the lens, as you suggested, it felt like you were reading something off to the side. Just me?

  8. God Among Us

    It looks like when you are filming you record only a few remarks then you stop recording and begin recording another remark. This is perfect to prevent so much time editing one long recording with many mistakes. So, I have been looking for a remote control that would “pause” the recording instead of only stopping it. With the remotes that stops the recording I would need to lean toward the camera to start it again and that movement would be recorded, adding more time to editing. So, how do you do it? Do you know of a remote that “pauses” the recording also and not just stop it?

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