How to Make Cooking Videos With Your Phone

Learn how to make cooking videos with your phone from Yum Creative's expert food videographers. These are the best food videography tips for beginners

Iphone shooting cooking videos

If you're just starting out as a food blogger you probably know that without videos to show your recipes and skills you just can't make it in this super competitive niche.

And you probably don't want to invest thousands or even tens of thousands in equipment that comes with a huge learning curve, and in a business you just don't know it will work. After all, you're not a professional food videography agency, are you?

So what are you going to do? Give up to the competition and not show your delicious recipes to the world? or would you rather get creative, start small and work your way to the top gradually, with whatever equipment you have on hand?

If it's the first, there's no need to continue reading. This post is not for quitters!
But if it's the second, read on to see how to start small with simple inexpensive equipment. Yes, I'll explain you how to make cooking videos with your phone and some basic equipment that you can find on Amazon.

And no, this is not the same equipment that professional food videographers use and doesn't come with a complex and time-consuming learning curve. But it is the kind of gear they used when they were like you, just starting out in the business.

With the right, inexpensive phone filming equipment and knowledge of how to make cooking videos with your phone, you will master the art in no time.

So let's see our best food videography tips for beginners.

Equipment Needed to Make Cooking Videos with a Smartphone

Food Videography Equipment

To create a compelling cooking video, you will need to gather the necessary materials to help you film. As the director of your smartphone film, you will take on the roles of visual artist, camera operator, editor, and cast. With only two hands, these many responsibilities can be overwhelming.

Using the right smartphone film gear will help you glide through the production process with ease. You'll be able to create impactful media on your own. Here is what you will need and where you can find them at a fair price:

Use a Tripod for Your Cooking Videos

How to make cooking videos with your phone

A tripod will make your cooking video look professional and legitimate. It will stabilize your shots so your video will be smooth without that amateur shakiness. This will position you as a cooking video expert who knows what they're doing. Your viewers will then trust you as the foodie gift that keeps on giving.

You have some options for what tripod will be best for the angles or shots you want. Do you want long-legged tripods to stand in front of a counter for that classic cooking special shot? Or, do you want tripods that can sit on surfaces for the side-angle shots and close-ups on your recipe prep?

These are some of the best tripods to use for your smartphone film productions:

  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod Kit: This is a well-built, foldable mini tripod that you can use on your countertop or other surfaces for shooting. It includes a clamp for holding your smartphone, which you can adjust for different angles.
  • Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig: This is a portable and very flexible tripod that you can use for many angles and that can also hold different equipment such as lights or external microphone.
  • Manfrotto Compact Light Smart: For some shots, you will need a normal tripod. This is an affordable option with compactable legs for a variety of high and low angles.

Gimbals for Filming Cooking Videos With Your Phone

Gimbals to make your own cooking videos

With a gimbal, you can move your smartphone camera without any shakiness while filming. You need smooth motion in your shots to look professional. A gimbal can help, especially for moving close-ups of the dish and featured ingredients. And it's a must if you're planning on doing Live shoots for social media.

Here are some low-cost, easy-to-use gimbals for your food video production:

  • DJI Osmo Mobile 3: This gimbal will move your smartphone angle for the shots you want. It can fit various phone sizes for any iPhone or Galaxy, or any cameraphone you are using.
  • DJI Osmo Mobile 3: This gimbal will move your smartphone angle for the shots you want. It can fit various phone sizes for any iPhone or Galaxy, or any cameraphone you are using.

Brighten Your Cooking Video With Lights

Lights for food videography

Video lighting makes everything look professional. While natural lighting is great for food photography, controlled lighting is the only way if you want to shoot recipe videos. And there are plenty of inexpensive lights out there that will boost the look of your production.

Consider one of these artificial lighting fixtures for your amateur cooking videos:

  • Rotolight NEO On-Camera LED Light: This is a pricier option, but its quality is exceptional. It's powerful and perfect for food photography and food videography. Its flash is consistent so that you won't have any flicker effects in your video.

  • LUMIMUSE 8 LED Light: Go bright with this high-quality light gear. It attaches to your phone easily. Using this light, you can show off your vegetables' colors and other ingredients in your recipe. The brightness and colors will catch your viewers' attention and make your video more interesting.

What Lenses to Use

Lens on smarphone

Lens attachments will make your shots clearer as if you had used a professional camera. These will boost the quality of your cooking video. An attachable lens can improve sharpness and offer noise reduction.

Try these lenses for your professional-looking smartphone masterpiece:

  • Moment Lens: This is compatible with several smartphones and it has several features to make your film dynamic.
  • Ztylus M6 Revolver: This attachment only works for iPhones. It's inexpensive and magnetically attaches to your phone for simple use. Some of its features include telephoto, wide-angle, macro, super macro, and fisheye.

Microphones to Boost Audio Quality

Microphone on smartphone

You will want high-quality audio in your amateur recipe video so your audience can hear your instructions clearly. Your audio is how you can express your personality with your voice and tone. External microphones can catch all sounds from various directions. These will help pick up sounds from every chop, sizzle, pour, and clink.

Here are some smartphone mic options for your audio:

  • Rode VideoMic Me This mounts onto your smartphone and receives and amplifies sounds so everything is audible. Note that your phone will need to have a microphone or headphone jack, or an adapter.
  • iMM-6: This is a sleek, easy-to-use model that offers precise audio to help distinguish every sound in your film.

How to Make Cooking Videos With the Help of Smartphone Apps

Smartphone apps will help with the planning and finishing touches of your food video production. These will be effective resources when you develop the structure and flow of your recipe video. 

Video-editing smartphone apps are available for free or at a low price. They will be the production assistant that you can reference for establishing the quality of your video. 

You can use smartphone app platforms for these purposes:

  • Scene editing, including cutting and combining shots.
  • Editing brightness, contrast, saturation, and other components for clearer and more impactful visibility.
  • Storyboard development for planning your video shot-by-shot. You can match your recipe instructions with what you want viewers to see along every step.
  • Script-writing to ensure you offer clear, eloquent directions that match your scenes.

Your Cooking Video Storyboard Plan

Cooking Video Story Board Plan

Making your cooking video with a storyboard for reference will guide your process along. As mentioned, you could use a smartphone app to develop a physical storyboard that will plan out your scenes.

Be thoughtful of what you will say. You can choose to speak while filming or with voice-over audio. Just make sure that your audio lines up with your instructions and shots.

Plan Camera Shots to Get Your Viewers’ Taste Buds Buzzing

You will want to include variety in your video shots. This will make it more interesting to watch. Choose between close-ups, wide-angle shots, wide pan shots, overhead shots like Tasty's cooking videos, and more.

Make sure to include the “money shot” that will have your viewers’ taste buds stimulated without tasting the food. This involves catching a satisfying moment that will cause a reaction in your foodie audience. Highlight an event like pouring a sauce, items sizzling and sauteing in a frying pan, or a clean slice into a cake. The options are endless. Remember, this could be the pinnacle moment that will prove to your blog visitors that you're an expert in your niche.

Remember that looks matter when it comes to making your home cooking video. Embrace your inner food stylist and plate your dish to look delicious. Zoom on the beautifully-plated dish so your viewers will be dying to try it.

With your high-quality filming methods, you’ll be able to show your viewers how to cook. They will look up to you as an expert who has mastered the craft with valuable insights. Zoom in on your chopping and other cooking actions, or have a full-body shot of pulling a decadent dish out of the oven.

Rely on Third-Party Food Videography Services as You Grow

Equipment for food videography

As your brand grows, you may want to consider working with pros for your expert-level cooking videos. As you advance in your food blogging journey and turn it into a business, you can save yourself plenty of hassle and effort by counting on our expert food videographers at YUM Creative. While you may know how to make cooking videos on your own, we will help you take the next step in sharing your culinary expertise.

With our advanced equipment and professional creators, we will feature your delicious dishes and kitchen techniques to help you continue growing your audience and your business. To learn more about our past projects, you can view our portfolio of high-quality food videography and photography content. Or, to get started on your next step in enhancing your platform, contact us today.

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