How to Make Your Videos Look Expensive on the Cheap

How to Make Your Videos Look Expensive on the Cheap

Hey guys! Looking for some great tips for making your videos look more expensive than they really are…on the cheap?? You’ve come to the right place.

Even if your only camera is the one built into your iPhone, Android, or tablet, you can still create snazzy, professional-looking videos for your content. For less than $200, you can start shooting much higher-quality video. Want to know more? Let’s get started!

So how can you use your iPhone (or other mobile device) to shoot…without creating a cheap-looking video?

1. Get a tripod.

A good tripod makes the difference between a stabilized shot and a shot that was obviously filmed on a hand-held mobile device. With a good tripod, you’ll have the ability to adjust your camera to the left, right, and center. The best news? You can get an inexpensive, but effective, tripod from Amazon.

Zero-spend tripod hack: If you can’t get a tripod yet, use a coffee mug or bookcase to prop your phone up! Anything that will stabilize the picture will instantly increase your video quality.

2. Use good lighting.

In our studio, we have an inexpensive lighting kit we ordered from…you guessed it! Amazon. Not only are the lights themselves important to the overall quality of your video; light placement is key. Make sure to place your lights beside your face and by the tripod when you’re prepping to film. Play around with them until you get the look you’re going for.

Zero-spend lighting hack: If you don’t have artificial lighting, get in front of a window! Natural lighting is a great, cheap lighting solution.

3. Get a decent mic.

If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, pick up a good mic that you can use with your mobile device. Good, clear sound makes all the difference when it comes to quality video…and since your content is the most important component, you want to make sure your audience can hear what you’re saying!

Zero-spend mic hack: Get close enough to your phone so the mic picks up, and make sure to eliminate as much surrounding noise as you can.

If you focus on these 3 areas, your iPhone (or other mobile device!) will give you great videos–and, HUGE bonus: it’s what’s in your pocket right now! Sure, a DSLR camera is a great thing, but there’s no need to invest in one if you don’t have the money to sink into it yet.

You don’t have to invest money until you’re ready to start creating content on a regular basis. But start shooting content today, and shoot a lot of it! The tools are in your pocket.

Got any free or inexpensive video hacks to share?? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

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  • Wes – Where are the links to actual tripods, lights, and mics you recommend? 😛

    • Wes Wages

      Add your email above and you’ll get a download! If you’re already subscribed to our list, it’ll just shoot you an email!

  • Dominique Dejonghe

    I just subscribed to your list and interested in the download…

    • Wes Wages

      Great Dominique! Thanks for joining