Consumer Reports: How to shoot better video

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Almost everyone has a camera in their pocket or purse, but that doesn't mean everyone is an expert photographer. (WLS)

Almost everyone has a camera in their pocket or purse, but that doesn't mean everyone is an expert photographer. There are lots of bad pictures shared on social media every day.

Just in time for Father's Day and summer family getaways, Consumer Reports offered tips on how to shoot like a pro.

Whether you want to shoot video of that special moment in your kid's life or get some cool clips of summertime fun, there's a camera for it. But knowing how to shoot well can make or break your video.

"A lot of people use the camera on their smartphone, since it's always handy. For that you need a lot of light to make your video look good," said Terry Sullivan, Consumer Reports.

Also, keep your phone steady by holding it close to your body and twist at the waist to follow the action.

Stay away from the digital zoom. Consumer Reports said it reduces the quality of your video.

"Instead, zoom with your feet. Get right up to what you're shooting," Sullivan said.

Action cameras, like GoPros, can add a cool perspective to your home videos. With their small size and mounting accessories, you can put them just about anywhere.

"For most action cams, you have to use a special app on your phone as the viewfinder," Sullivan said.

With their wide angle lens, they'll be able to capture everything going on around you. If you're using a digital camera, take advantage of its image stabilization feature or use a tripod.

"Image stabilization really helps smooth out shakiness in your video and makes it look more professional," Sullivan said.

If you don't have a tripod, Consumer Reports said to make yourself into one by locking your elbows in and leaning up against something.

Whether using digital camera or smartphone, Consumer Reports said it's important to shoot eye level with your subjects - even if that means getting on the ground with your kids.

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