Tips for Shooting a Video Interview with a DSLR Camera

On this video tutorial from Lynda’s photographer Ben Long (part of a longer course), we are treated to some very valuable tips for shooting an interview.

Long talks about the techniques he uses for interviewing – especially the way he interacts with the people he interview (for example he suggest not to learn too much about the person you interview so that the questions you ask will feel fresh – this might be true for some cases but from our experience we would not recommend coming to an interview too unprepared). 

Regarding the more technical aspects of shooting an interview – Long mentions the length limitation of certain DSLR cameras – another thing that you can see on this video (although Long does not mention this) is the use of two cameras – one with a telephoto lens and one with a wider angle which record simultaneously. This is a very common technique which can make your video look much more interesting.

We have looked at many aspects of shooting an interview in the past including the best light gear for filming interviews, how to set up lighting and audio for interviews and how to shoot a documentary style interview.

You can watch more HDSLR and video techniques on our dedicated HDSLR channel here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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