Make extra money on your own terms! Are you good with your cell phone camera and would like to make money using it? Stringr could be for you.
See something you think is newsworthy? Shoot it, tag it and upload it to Stringr. If a television station uses it you get paid for that too.
Hold your camera steady and in the landscape position.
Use a tripod, rest your phone up against something, or hold your arms as close to your center of gravity as possible to reduce shaky footage. The heavier your phone, the more you reduce the sway. Watch our video blog on handheld shooting.
Don't Become The News Story
Safety first! Always respect boundaries set by law-enforcement and emergency responders!
THE STRINGR BLOG
by Kaitlyn Mitchell
Here at Stringr’s SoHo office, we’re thrilled to see Stringrs eagerly accept our footage requests at every hour of the unrelenting news cycle; though of course we don’t subscribe to the “if it bleeds, it leads” ethos espoused by the 2014 thriller film Nightcrawler.
Shooting a disaster or an accident
Be respectful of the people affected. Ask permission or if they would be kind enough to speak with you.
Make sure you are shooting in the landscape position and properly frame your shots. Wide views that tell a story is always good because it gives the viewer a better idea of where this is taking place.
Good Lighting is critical
Proper lighting has a huge impact on smartphone cameras because they have smaller image sensors and lenses. Try as much as possible to shoot your video in brightly lit areas. This will help avoid unnecessary shadows and grainy areas in your video. Conversely, you also must be careful not to point the camera directly at bright light sources, which will cause unusable overexposed footage and lens flaring. Lighting should be stable and steady; the image sensors in most smartphones do not react to dramatic changes in lighting very quickly.