We need to have a heart-to-heart about something.
Many mistakes can be overlooked, but there’s one unforgivable social media sin (or maybe it’s just my biggest pet peeve). If you do this, you will annoy everyone despite your best intentions. Your content will prove you’re an amateur by its very nature. And it just looks bad.
I’m talking about HOLDING YOUR PHONE VERTICALLY WHEN YOU’RE FILMING VIDEO.
I know that vertical is the natural way to hold your smartphone. No one actually likes typing on the bigger wider iPhone keyboard. But we aren’t talking photos or emojis here. We’re talking video, and no one wants to see those black bars on the edges of their screen. Every time I see vertical phone footage, I silently shout NEWBIE. It shows you’re not paying attention to the quality of your output or the experience of your audience. And as smartphones get bigger, portrait-oriented film just gets more narrow.
See why I’m saying this is a serious offense?
If you’re going to be filming anything, practice switching to the landscape orientation.
Say it with me now. FILM WITH LANDSCAPE CAMERA.
That’s all I have to say about that.