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How To Film A Sketchbook Flip Through With Your Phone

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on August 27, 2019

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Last week, I shared a flip through of my sketchbook, and at the end of that live session I also tried to explain how you can film your own sketchbook with your phone.
It was messy and unclear, so today I am giving you a proper step-by-step so you can start filming your own sketchbook tours!

What you need:
Your sketchbook
Your phone
A mobile phone tripod with flexible legs
OR duct tape
A desk lamp

You could use the tripod as is, but that will give you quite a distorted view, and it’ll be too close by. Of course you can lift it up and put it on a box or something, but it’ll be in your way for your flip through.Hence, the desk lamp. It’ll lift your camera up and you can adjust it once it’s attached.

-Attach the little flexible tripod to the end of the desk lamp
-Put your camera in the tripod’s arm
-Open your camera app, select video, and adjust the lamp so your sketchbook is centered and you have little distortion. You may want to zoom in a little.
-Now all you need to do is press the record button and you can flip through your sketchbook hands free!
-If you don’t have a mobile tripod, you can make do with what’s around the house. Duct tape can get you a long way! Make sure the tape doesn’t cover the lens on your camera when you use it to attach it to your lamp.
-If you don’t have a desk lamp – be resourceful and find something else to attach your phone to.
-Do this during daytime – you need daylight to make your art come out best on screen. The desk lamp is only functioning to raise your camera, not to use as lighting.
Don’t do it in direct sunlight – it will cast shadows.
-Make sure you don’t stand in the way of the light and cast a shadow over your sketchbook.
-It’ll take a bit of fiddling, and maybe you need to do a few takes. Especially when you’re new to this. But it’s pretty straightforward and fun too.

-One additional tip: sometimes when you film straight down with a camera phone, and you open the video, it plays upside down. There are apps for this, that flip your video the right way up in just seconds. I use an app called RFV for this.

-If you make a flip through of your sketchbook, post it on social media and use the hashtag #dttinaction. I can’t wait to watch your sketchbook tour!

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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.