Shoot Better Summer Vacation Movies on Your Phone: CNET’s Top Tips


Whether you’re heading to the beach, hiking in the mountains or enjoying a luxurious city break, your vacations can offer great opportunities to shoot creative movies of all the fun you have with your family and friends. And with the iPhone 13 ProPixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra turning out incredible video with minimal effort you don’t even have to drag cases full of expensive production gear through an airport. Smashing!

But still, it takes more than a good camera to take videos that you’ll want to watch again and again. You also need to know how to use the camera properly, how to capture the right moments and what makes for a good-looking shot. A creative eye and some forward planning will help too, taking you from a simple home video into something more inspiring that you’ll want to share with your family and watch again in years to come.

1. Consider what you want your video to be

2. Set your phone up properly

3. Keep your video clips short and sweet

4. Stabilize your phone

5. Get creative with angles

6. Improve the audio

7. Experiment with slow motion and time lapses

8. Edit your video