How to capture your story through video

Published: May 23, 2018

Our personal stories have incredible potential to inspire and encourage people in all sorts of ways. Video is a great way to answer a common question or tell a personal story, and these days we have widespread technology (often freely available) to capture our stories.

  • HD Video footage captured on an iPhone (or Android equivalent) is certainly good enough quality
  • Vital: secure the phone on a tripod using an adapter, to prevent camera shake
  • Desirable: you can improve sound quality by using a directional microphone (eg. the Rode VideoMic Me microphone)
  • If your phone has two or more cameras, use the main one (rather than the smaller selfie camera above the screen) as it’ll produce higher quality results
  • Aim to cover your story in 2 to 3 minutes
  • Videos can be emailed to, or freely added to Facebook, Twitter or Youtube (or all three!) via the appropriate free app on the phone itself. Once on Social Media, drop us a line or mention @glosdioc so we can see it too!


Many of the videoing principles are discussed in this short film from a parish which ran an excellent ‘Digital Advent’ series, filmed using mobile phones:


How to take better photos

(The real way to improve your photos is to take them more often! We’re all creative, we just need practice!)

Festivall example photo

  • Get in close to people – staged group shots might be fine for ceremonies, but they don’t depict how we’d naturally interact with humans
  • Get people’s permission – verbal is fine for adults, but for vulnerable/underage you need it in writing (a template permission form is available below)
  • Light vs. Dark: convey drama/emotion by contrasting light and dark areas, drawing the eye to key parts of the photo
  • Story: if you can capture a story in a photo it’ll be more immersive (because we all have compassion!)
  • Depth of Field: blurring the background will create a more immersive depth and help highlight the subject
  • Slow down: take the time to decide how a photo is composed and what emotion it’ll communicate. If it’s not communicating anything, don’t press the shutter button
  • Rule of Thirds: imagine the layout split into three and put the subject on one of the dividing lines
  • Relax: if you’re not relaxed, your subject will tense up and the photo will become wooden. Same applies for video. If you can’t relax, take a break, change the location, have a cup of tea!


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