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Guidelines for Shooting Video at Cyclovia Tucson


We encourage you to document the fun time you have at Cyclovia! There’s no way we can possibly cover every amazing thing that happens on such a day ourselves, so we’re hoping we can pool together photos and videos from multiple sources, including you! There’s no need for expensive gear – even a smartphone will do – but here’s some tips for filming that may make your footage better, and more useful to us.


Before the day of Cyclovia, be sure that you’ve charged the batteries on your camera or phone, and that you’ve cleared off enough space in the memory or memory card to give you plenty of filming time.
If you have a lens cloth or other soft cloth, like for cleaning eyeglasses, use that to carefully brush off dust and smudges.


Always shoot in “landscape” rather than “portrait” – in other words, hold your camera/phone so the frame is wide rather than tall.

When you’re filming, try to hold your shot on each interesting thing for at least 5 seconds, preferably longer. Don’t move your cam around too quickly to different subjects. Try to hold the cam as steady as possible. If you can brace against something solid (a sign, a bike rack, etc), that can help. A tripod or monopod will help even more. If your camera has an image stabilization feature, be sure that’s turned on (unless you actually are using a very steady tripod).

To show motion, it’s often most effective to let your subject or subjects move through the frame, rather than trying to follow them with the camera.

If your camera or phone can zoom, don’t use the zoom unless you know that it’s an optical zoom. If it’s not optical, it’s a digital zoom, and digital zooming will reduce the quality of your shot because it will make the image fuzzy and pixelated. It’s better to get closer to your subject. If you do zoom, don’t zoom in and out too rapidly or too often while filming.

When filming someone talking, try to get as close as you can to them so your cam’s microphone will pick up the sound as clearly as possible.

If your camera or phone has settings for video quality, please use the highest quality possible, and the largest frame size (like 960 x 720, 1920 x 1080, etc).

Pretend your screen has evenly spaced lines running throughout it, two horizontally and two vertically. The points where the lines intersect are where you want to have your subject. This is called the rule of thirds.

Don’t shoot toward the sun if you can avoid it. If you’re in full sunlight, have your subjects facing toward the sun, or at least not standing with the sun right behind them, so that they don’t appear dark against the light of the sun.


If you upload anything, please let us know using the handy form on the Cyclovia Tucson site [below].

Please save your original, raw video files, so that later if we’d like to use your footage we can get the highest quality version of it. After we see your clips online, we’ll be contacting you about how to get us your original files.


Submit your favorite video from Cyclovia — that you or anyone else took — and we’ll post it to our video page.

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Share your videos with us! We prefer if you upload your video to youtube, then let us know the URL.