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Create Home Videos with a Cyber-shot Digital Camera: 5 Tips

written by: Piyush Jain•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/9/2011

Learning how to create a home video with a Cyber-shot digital camera is very easy. Once you know how, you can use your Cyber-shot digital camera to record not just “still” memories, but also memories in motion.

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    Digital Camera If you have recently become the owner of the best digital cameras on the market, you just may be wondering how to create a home video with the camera. The Sony Cyber-Shot camera series is considered the best in the market for ease of use, functionality and affordability.

    Sony’s pedigree includes a long line of cameras that not only take superior still photos that can be reviewed immediately, they also take video with excellent sound and picture quality. They are considered the best low light digital cameras by many in the industry. When learning the ins and outs of how to create a home video with a Cyber-Shot digital camera it certainly comes in handy.

    In addition to their normal functions as a take-along camera and video recorder, you can turn your digital camera into a webcam. With an AV cable attached to the camera and your computer, you’re ready to video-conference or Skype away.

    Here are some useful tips for making the most of your new Sony device and how to create a home video with a Cyber-Shot digital camera:

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    1. Have a Critical Eye for Lighting

    While our eyes can adjust to multiple lighting sources, a camera lens can’t and so you should try to see things through the eyes of your camera. Keep in mind the kind of lighting you are in and set your Cyber-Shot accordingly. Try to limit the kind of lighting you shoot in.

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    2. Give Your Lens an Umbrella

    Bright sunshine can create a poor quality image when it is shining on your lens. The best way to avoid this is a lens flare or a flare buster which basically amounts to a lens cap with a hole in it. This keeps unnecessary light from entering the camera, while still allowing it to photograph.

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    3. Keep Backlighting in the Background

    Do your best to avoiding panning your camera from one area to an area the has a lot of backlighting. Your camera will automatically focus on the more brightly lit area and everything in the foreground will become dark.

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    4. Use Three Basic Shots

    Use wide angle to establish where you are – outside, in the living room, etc. Use a medium shot for following action and avoid the desire to zoom in and out. Last, use close ups for cutaways, interviews or to show something in particular.

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    5. Tell a Story With the Camera

    Everyone loves a good story and having one to follow will keep your audience from falling asleep. Whether it’s a birthday party, reunion or interviewing Aunt Opal, keep a story line going. You need a beginning, a middle and an end.

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    The Cyber-Shot cameras from Sony are among the best low light digital cameras available. So although it’s important to keep lighting in mind, you can be sure that your Cyber-Shot will capture the best image possible, even when you’ve turned your digital camera into a webcam.

    As the best digital camera in market Cyber-Shot offers image stabilization, so a tripod isn’t really necessary. When you know how to create a home video with a Cyber-Shot digital camera, a tripod is nice only in case you’d rather get into the action rather than just shoot video of it.