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03 May, 2016

Getting started with #MOJO - mobile journalism

Making video stories with a smartphone is a lot of fun and a great way to make and share video content with your friends and colleagues. But, video production can seem overwhelming at first. So, where to start?

For quick reference here are a links to my 10 quick tips, gear, apps, and educational course packs that can get you and your students quickly up to speed.

1. Everyone has a story to tell

The first thing to consider when making video with your smartphone is to think about what type of story do you want tell? For example would you like to share a favorite recipe, take people along on a travel, illustrate a favorite place or person, explain a process or issue, or save people money?

These types of common videos are great way to start thinking about story questions.

A great video answers story questions visually, so instead of telling you first about the apps and gear, I want to tell you about the shots you can record that begin to answer story questions for viewers.

TIP: There more than 100 step-by-step video lessons like this in these affordable online course packs.

2. The Apps 

The apps I use.

Smartphone apps are great for recording, editing and sharing mobile video stories. My number one tip is to organize you apps so you can find them quickly. Also, don't load up on too many apps, get good at a few of the essential ones that do the tasks you need at the moment.

Here is the list of apps I use and teach with today.

3. The gear

Gear helps solve the three main problems when filming video: Stability, Light and Sound.

The Mojo Gear section of this blog lists the latest low-cost solutions for getting started. If all you have is a selfie stick at this point, you can start right now learning how to film more creative shots.

Here's a few ideas for you: 10 Hollywood shots you can make with a selfie stick

TIP: Many beginners start by first getting a good quality external microphone and a grip that allows them to attach their phone to a mini tripod.

4. Filming better quality video

After this, the key to consistently making better mobile stories is to learn the language.

It is entirely possible to produce multimedia at high quality with your smartphone: 
Video, photo, sound, multimedia. 

If you want to learn the step by step methods for mastering visual storytelling, writing to pictures, and building compelling stories I have several course packs organized around different aspects of mobile storytelling. 

Teach yourself mobile video storytelling!

These lesson collections are used by top MOJO instructors and teachers everywhere. There are projects, demos, case studies and they are a lot of fun to take.

Take the #MOJO quick course online for only $0.99.